NEFA 2018 National Theater Project Awardee!
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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:
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
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.
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
Julia Rhoads, artistic director
Kim Goldman, managing director