ROPE (2015, 2016)

Dancers: Quentin Burley, Adam Gauzza, Collin Ranf and Calvin Tsang
Sound Editing: Myles Potters
Lighting Design: Joan Racho-Jansen
Co-Producer: Frankie Dailey
Video: Jacob Hiss

 

Production History

 

March 13-14 2015 at Gowanus Loft

CRAWL shared evening with Kendra Portier and Sontag Shogun

August 18-23, 2015 at HERE Arts Center

July 15-16 2016 at the Tank (excerpt)

the Tank presents: QUEERFEST

August 19-21 2016 at the Wild Project (excerpt)

the CURRENT SESSIONS Volume VI, Issue II: MOVEMENT CURRENCY

November 1st  2016 at The Theater at the 14th street Y (excerpt)

Y Cabaret

Inspired by the camp of Hollywood film noir and the closeted gay experience, Rope is a work for four dancers that creates a correlation between homosexual innuendo and villainy. Sourcing material from Alfred Hitchcock's 1948 film of the same name, as well as the films Funny Games (2007), Cruising (1980), several superhero and video grame franchises, and - you guessed it- Harry Potter, Rope uses a world of heightened reality to explore the fine line closeted gay characters walk onscreen- somewhere between conniving eccentric and court jester. Humor is inevitable and camp-ness abounds.. When we take the moments out of context and put them into the real, it's not so funny- but it is dangerous. Originally commisioned as a developmental production through CRAWL at Gowanus Loft. ROPE is supported, in part, by a 2015 CUNY Dance Initiative Grant as well as residencies through Baruch College Performing Arts Center and Fourth Arts Block/East Village Dance Project.

© 2013 by Brendan Drake/Brendan Drake Choreography brendan@brendandrakechoreography.com

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