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.
"We delight in the humorous quirks presented by what is imagined to be their authentic personality of stage." –Picture This Post
"...new friendships, romances, rivalries, and hardships are expressed in dynamic and fantastic ways that will keep your eyes glued to the stage." –The Hawk Chicago
WORK IN PROGRESS EXCERPT: HARRIS THEATER FOR MUSIC AND DANCE, APRIL 2018
CREATED AND DIRECTED BY: JULIA RHOADS
DEVISED IN COLLABORATION WITH THE PERFORMERS: KARA BRODY, MICHEL RODRIGUEZ CINTRA, ELIZABETH LUSE, RODOLFO SÁNCHEZ SARRACINO, AARON-RAHEIM WHITE, MEGHANN WILKINSON, JACINDA RATCLIFFE
GUEST ARTISTS: ETHAN KIRSCHBAUM, ENID SMITH
VOCAL ARRANGEMENT & COACHING: BETHANY CLEARFIELD
COLLABORATING DIRECTOR: LESLIE DANZIG
LIGHTING DESIGN: HEATHER GILBERT, RACHEL LEVY
COSTUME DESIGN: PATRICK BURNS
MUSIC SAMPLES (in chronological order): Bee Gees. “Stayin' Alive,” Richard Sherman and Robert Sherman. “Stay Awake,” Cat Stevens. “If You Want to Sing Out, Sing Out,” Paul McCartney. “Hey Jude.”
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.