Felice Lesser Dance Theater (FLDT) will perform excerpts from Funding the Arts,
Lesser's "living movie," as well as other dances from the company's repertory at LaGuardia Performing Arts Center (LPAC) on March 22, 2013 at 8 pm. This performance will be the culmination of the company's LPAC LAB 201 Residency, a six-week-long artistic residency.
Funding the Arts was originally premiered in 2010 at Baryshnikov Arts Center and is
being developed at LPAC for a brand new production in 2014-15. This multi-media spy spoof is about rogue ex-CIA & KGB agents who overthrow corrupt governments around the world and use the booty to fund their ballet company.
Other works on the program include:
• The World Premiere of Lesser's 2BZ4U, to music by Seymour Barab.
• "Injuries" from Lesser's 2006 "live documentary" I AM A DANCER, about the difficult lives of freelance dancers who work in small companies. Set to music by Brahms, and performed by Kristin Licata, who created the role, the piece includes not only dance, but a poignant, filmed interview about the knee injury Licata sustained six months before the work's premiere.
• In Another Room, a dramatic dance about a serial killer and his victims. With music from Philip Glass' "In the Upper Room," the work was originally commissioned by Long Island University/C. W. Post for its 2008 Choreographers' Showcase.
FLDT Company Members include: Elise Giannotti, Taylor Gordon, Sakie Hachiya, Kristin Licata, Mark C. Peters, Christian Serrano, Jeremy Stanfield, and Debra Zalkind.
FLDT is also introducing its new DANCERS ROCK! Program, which provides company members with paid positions to learn skills in Dance Administration. "This is a great way to see that our dancers have the skills, experience, and training they need to move into other jobs in the field once their performing careers have ended," said Lesser. "Plus, it gives them an increased stake in the success of our company." The first dancer in this program is Taylor Gordon, who is working as Ms. Lesser's assistant.
The LaGuardia Performing Arts Center is located at LaGuardia Community College, Long Island City, New York. Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 at the Box Office, $10 for students, and are available through at LPAC's Box Office: 718-482-5151.
Visit fldt.org for more information.