Company XIV, a Black Book Magazine ‘Icon Of The Future', proudly presents the World Premiere of the sensual, sumptuous and spectacular Le Serpent Rouge, a dance-theater satire conceived, directed and choreographed by Austin McCormick, with adapted text by Austin McCormick. Le Serpent Rouge will run May 15th to June 6th, 2009 in a limited 4-week engagement at the company's home space at 303 Bond St. (between Union & Sackett) in Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn. Official opening is May 15th.
Performances are Thursdays-Saturdays at 8pm. Tickets are $20 for adults and $15 for students and can be purchased online at http://www.SmartTix.com or by calling 212-868-4444. Mature content - no one under 17 admitted. Running time is 75 minutes with no intermission. For more information visit http://www.CompanyXIV.com.
In Le Serpent Rouge, Company XIV enacts the story of Adam, Eve, and the fall of man as only Austin McCormick and his multi-talented troupe can; humorous, heartbreaking and extravagantly decadent. Fusing dance, theater, music and visual art, Le Serpent Rouge draws inspiration from Jean Cocteau's one act play Le Bel Indifferent and has an eclectic musical score featuring songs by Paul Anka (Adam and Eve), Cecilia Bartoli (Maometto II/Preghiera: Giusto Cielo, In Tal Periglio), James Brown (It's a Man's Man's Man's World), Eartha Kitt (A Woman Wouldn't Be A Woman), Peggy Lee (Is That All There Is), Marilyn Monroe (Happy Birthday, I Wanna Be Loved By You), Arvo Part (Stabat Mater) and Nina Simone (The Other Woman).
Textual inspiration for the show includes Le Bel Indifferent by Jean Cocteau, Adam and Eve by John Erskine, the poetry of Charles Bukowski, Disillusionment by Thomas Mann and The Bible.
CRITICAL ACCLAIM FOR COMPANY XIV'S LAST SHOW - THE JUDGMENT OF PARIS:
"Six gifted performers...very steamy." ~ Metro NY, Elizabeth Zimmer
"Enjoyable...Mr. McCormick's staging is minimal and skillful...There is plenty of fun to be had at this "Judgment of Paris." ~ The New York Times, Roslyn Sulcas
"A bawdy celebration of the Baroque...deliciously excessive." ~ Back Stage, Lisa Jo Sagolla
"McCormick has a gift for understanding what captivates an audience." ~ Dance Magazine, Pia Catton
"Entertaining...The ensemble delivers all of McCormick's diverse dances with gusto and precision." ~ TheaterMania, Andy Propst
"A talented cast." ~ The Scotsman, Kelly Apter
"An entire environmental experience. The vision for the play displays nothing short of sheer brilliance on the part of choreographer-director Austin McCormick. The entire company is superb." ~ NYTheatre.com, Kelly Aliano