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News: "Desperately Seeking the Exit Uncut & Online" US/UK Easter Brunch Live Stream Matinee Sunday, April 12

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Peter Michael Marino will once again share Desperately Seeking the Exit Uncut & Online,the notorious tale of the making and unmaking of his West End-Blondie-Madonna musical Desperately Seeking Susan - on your computer. This 90-minute live-streaming event will include a live performance of the award winning tale, plus bonus footage from the actual West End and Tokyo productions, and how the film scenes were adapted for the stage.

In 2007, American actor/writer Peter Michael Marino wrote a musical based on the Madonna film Desperately Seeking Susan, featuring the hit songs of Blondie. It opened on London’s West End…and closed a month later. Whoops! This high-octane, comical solo train ride fills in the blanks of how the $6 million musical was made and unmade. From hatching the idea; to deals with producers, MGM, Debbie Harry, and even Madonna; all the way to thrilling workshops, dangerous previews, scathing reviews, closing night, and beyond.

London Theatre Critic Mark Shenton writ…

News: Performance of "Pananadem (Remembering)" at La MaMa Available to Stream

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La MaMa Experimental Theatre Club is offering a performance of Pananadem (Remembering), by Kinding Sindaw, via live-stream on the global, commons-based peer produced HowlRound TV network.

The New York Premiere of Kinding Sindaw Melayu Heritage's Pananadem (Remembering)took place on March 12, 2020 at 7pm at La MaMa's Ellen Stewart Theatre, 66 E. 4th Street (2nd Floor), NYC. The performance run was cut short due to COVID-19.

Pananadem means "remembering" in the language of the Meranao people. It is a way of looking back across time, to gain inspiration and perspective from one's ancestors. In this tale, old and new align as a young group of refugees whose quest for inspiration leads them to a transformative encounter with displaced tradition-bearers who recall the legends of Derangen, the Meranao epic.

Creator and director Potri Ranka Manis was born in Borocot, Maging in Mindanao, Philippines. She grew up in this remote village, one of the ancient sultanates from the…

News: The Wild Project Teams with Thirdwing to Offer "The Female Genius" Online

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Thirdwing, a digital theater company designed to develop plays directly for streaming as well as for the live stage, launched just before massive closures due to COVID-19. This meant that Thirdwing’s first live stage offering, Rachel Carey’s The Female Genius, running from April 14 – April 18 at The Wild Project in NYC, was canceled.

The Wild Project, like many independent New York theaters, is bracing for the impact of the current crisis. But because of the way Thirdwing is designed, they can still offer access to the show they had scheduled.

Thirdwing is partnering with The Wild Project to release one episode each night of its scheduled run starting on April 14th. Half of all yearly streaming memberships will go directly to support The Wild Project. Those using the discount code WILD will get 10% off monthly subscriptions ($36 a year or $3.59/ mo), with all proceeds going to The Wild Project for 6 months. Audiences can visit www.thirdwing.watch for more information and sign up for t…

News: Tonight (4/4) Only: Virtual Screening of "(W/HOLE)" by AORTA Films in celebration of the EstroGenius Festival's 20th Anniversary

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The EstroGenius Festival presents a one-night-only virtual screening of the award-winning (W/HOLE) by AORTA Films on Saturday, April 4, 2020 at 8pm. This screening is part of Estro on Film, a one-time, special event series created for these #stayhome times.

(W/HOLE) is an evening-length film created by queer/feminist porn collective AORTA films in collaboration with performance company the A.O. Movement Collective, exploring the incredible potency of queer hedonism, specifically how the authentic performativity of kink and queer porn can evolve trauma into orgasm and grief into politically radical, transformative, body-based joy. This work aims to negotiate pornographic embodiment as an anti-oppressive, trans-inclusive feminist practice rooted in femme caretaking and risk and contextualizes itself as a choreographic process. (W/HOLE) investigates the complexity of pleasure, exploring the so-called obscenity of bodies in their most tremendous capacity: their glorious, illicit humanity.

News: World Premiere of Podcast Version of Post-Apocalyptic Musical "Bleeding Love"

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The Broadway Podcast Network, Tony award-winner Dori Berinstein and Alan Seales, in association with Steve Saporito, Kent Nicholson, and Katie Rosin, have announced the world premiere of the podcast version of  post-apocalyptic musical Bleeding Love (book by Jason Schafer, music by Arthur LaFrentz Bacon, lyrics by Harris Doran, and directed and edited by Harris Doran). Bleeding Love is based on a story by Jason Schafer that was suggested by Oscar Wilde's “The Nightingale and the Rose,” and it stars Annie Golden, Rebecca Naomi Jones, Marc Kudisch, Sarah Stiles (the voice of Spinel in Steven Universe: The Movie, whom these editors were lucky enough to see at NY Comic-Con last fall), Taylor Trensch, and Tony Vincent
Bleeding Love is being recorded for a release later next month, and it takes place in a world that is too dangerous to go outside, where a starry-eyed teen cellist risks leaving her apartment to win the love of the rebel punk next door. The musical is a demented and heart…

News: Moving Body–Moving Image Festival Online on April 4th

Moving Body - Moving Image 2020 Festival Trailer from Barnard Movement Lab on Vimeo.

The Barnard College Department of Dance and the Movement Lab will present Moving Body–Moving Image: Aging & Othering, A Biennale Dance on Screen Festival, conceived and curated by Gabri Christa, online on Saturday, April 4th, starting at 12:00 pm.

This festival is free and open to the public.
To participate in interactive discussions and panels, register here.

The MOVING BODY – MOVING IMAGE Festival, which focuses on social themes in screendance (also called dance film or dance for camera), made its sold-out debut in 2018. This year, it takes on Aging & Othering – a subject made even more relevant as the raging COVID-19 epidemic puts older members of the global population at heightened risk.

The main festival program features two 45-minute screenings of shorts films, followed by two interactive panel discussions, at 4:00 pm and 5:00 pm. The panelists include Karen Williams, Deborah Jowitt, Sus…

News: Remote Dance Learning: Notes in Motion Outreach Dance Theatre Dance Classes are Still in Session

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Amanda Selwyn Dance Theatre is presenting Remote Dance Learning, an opportunity to keep students moving while they are out of school. These free sessions are led by Notes in Motion teaching artists and are available online here.

"It has been a great year of dance program thus far and I am confident that in good time we will all get to the other side of this crisis and be dancing with the young people throughout NYC again soon," said Amanda Selwyn, Artistic/Executive Director. "During the remote learning period, join Notes in Motion teaching artists as they lead you through some fun activities to keep you active and dancing!"

Amanda Selwyn Dance Theatre creates original and dynamic dance theatre that magnifies humanity through dance. Productions pivot around core themes and through an interplay between athletic and pedestrian motion, activate emotional expression, character, and narrative in a rich and abstract collage. Presenting dance in an immediate, mature, and…