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Rink life

NEFA 2018 National Theater Project Awardee!

TOURING SUBSIDIES AVAILABLE

AVAILABLE FOR TOURING 2019/20

In Rink Life, Lucky Plush brings its highly-integrated brand of dance theater into a communal space that nods to the visual aesthetics and social dynamics of 1970’s roller rink culture. Launching from a collision of plot points in several one-act plays, the script-turned-libretto is both spoken and sung by the ensemble, and builds upon fragments of everyday aural input—passing conversations, intimate exchanges, distant whispers, pop song ear-worms. These source inspirations come together in the delightful and moving world of Rink Life, where people navigate relationships, self-expression, and rejection in real-time.

ABOUT RINK LIFE:

Dancing and singing are presented in a one-to-one ratio, with Rhoads’ signature nonchalance pinned against the serious challenge of holding a tune while performing modern dance.
— Chicago Tribune

QUICK STATS:

REGIONAL PREMIERE: June 2019

RUN TIME: 75-80 min. w/no intermission

CAST: 7 performers

SETTING: Proscenium or thrust

*performers do not wear roller skates

TRAVELING PARTY: 10-11

ACCOMMODATIONS: 7 rooms

FREIGHT: none

TECH RIDER: Rink Life DRAFT tech rider

CONTENT ADVISORY: the full version of the show contains some adult language and content, but there is no nudity. Content is adjusted for student matinee performances.

COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT:

Instead of a one-size-fits-all form of outreach, Lucky Plush tours with a customizable audience engagement program.Rhoads works with presenters and local stakeholders to tailor each engagement in a way that best connects distinct communities with strong points of access to the work, including:

  • In communities with roller rinks (which are increasingly rare), LPP hopes to perform part of the work at the rink alongside featured local skaters or historians with knowledge about the venue.

  • When there is interest, Lucky Plush invites local community members (students, performers, audience members) as “extras” into a designated section of Rink Life, heightening the show’s vocal score in a delightful and unexpected way. The opportunity to include community extras is optional and does not impact the overall arc of the work. A 1.5-hour rehearsal with community extras is required in advance the performance.

  • While more traditional, some of LPP’s deepest engagement occurs through interdisciplinary based workshops (at all skill levels) in which the company shares its methods for crafting uniquely hybrid dance-theater work. 

EXCERPTS, IN-PROGRESS SHOWINGS & DEVELOPMENT RESIDENCIES:

STEPPENWOLF 1700 THEATRE (Chicago, IL)

Work-in-progress showings during company run of The Better Half, November 2018

ELEVATE CHICAGO DANCE 2018 (Chicago, IL)

Excerpt performance, October 2018

DOOR KINETIC ARTS FESTIVAL (Bailey’s Harbor, WI)

Work-in-progress showing during creation residency, June 2018

HARRIS THEATER FOR MUSIC AND DANCE (Chicago, IL)

Excerpt performance of company-in-residence, April 2018

contacts:

artistic Inquiries:

Julia Rhoads, artistic director

julia@luckyplush.com

‭(773) 862-9484‬

BOOKING INQUIRIES:

Kim Goldman, managing director

kim@luckyplush.com

(917) 903-5783