ABOUT rink life
Rink Life receiveD a 2018 New England Foundation for the Arts’ National Theater Project Production and Touring Award!
CREATED & DIRECTED BY Julia Rhoads
COLLABORATING DIRECTOR: Leslie Buxbaum Danzig
VOCAL COLLABORATOR: Bethany Clearfield
LIGHTING DESIGNER: Rachel Levy
COSTUME DESIGN: Patrick Burns
PRODUCTION STAGE MANAGER: Rachel Damon
Special thanks to contributing artists, including: Hubbard Street Dance Chicago for their early contributions in Julia Rhoads’ Cadence, and Ethan Kirschbaum and Enid Smith for their contributions to Rink Life’s excerpt in Tab Show.
rink life SYNOPSIS
In Rink Life, Lucky Plush brings its highly integrated approach to dance-theater into a communal space that nods to the visual aesthetics and social dynamics of 1970’s roller rink culture, where relationships and storylines are as transient as the world that contains them. Rink Life’s staging and choreography are built from the rink’s spatial rules and social codes, and its script-turned-libretto—created from passing conversations, distant whispers, pop-song earworms, and found scripts—is entirely spoken and sung live. As the ensemble sings full-throatedly to score their experiences, they demonstrate through effort, risk, beauty, and failure that they—and we—are utterly dependent on one another.
Rink Life will premiere at the Steppenwolf 1700 Theatre, Chicago November 7-17, 2019.
Rink Life is one of eight projects to receive a 2018 New England Foundation for the Arts’ National Theater Project Production and Touring Award, with lead funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and additional support from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation. Development partners for Rink Life include Door Kinetic Arts Festival (Bailey’s Harbor, WI), the Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts, and Steppenwolf Theatre Company.
MUSIC & SCRIPT SAMPLES
Charles Mee, “the (re)making project”
Bee Gees, “Stayin’ Alive”
Jim Steinman, “Total Eclipse of the Heart”
James Brown, “Make it Funky”
Richard Sherman and Robert Sherman, “Stay Awake”
Cat Stevens, “If You Want to Sing Out, Sing Out.”
Paul McCartney, “Hey Jude”
RINK LIFE PRESENTATIONS
PAST PERFORMANCES & SHOWINGS
Rink Life builds upon Cadence, a work by Julia Rhoads that she created for Hubbard Street Dance Chicago in 2017, with the support of vocal arranger and coach Bethany Clearfield.