Friday, October 23, 2009

Tonight is Opening Night of Push Theatre's Dracula at GeVa Theatre, Rochester, NY

PUSH Physical Theatre

Gravity defying PUSH Physical Theatre has been called a cross between fine art sculpture and the hit movie “The Matrix.” You have never seen anything like this before... it’s cool, it’s athletic, it’s entertaining, it’s impossible to resist... This theatre of the body features performers who appear to manipulate time and space in a live environment.

It’s all about the stories. The narratives of our lives played out with hope, strength and optimism. Once you’ve experienced PUSH, you will know the strength of the human soul expressed by the power of the human body.

PUSH’s unique form has transformed it into a national company that has performed all over England, across the United States and Mexico and appeared on PBS and NPR.

PUSH's DRACULA at Geva Theatre

Groundbreaking Work gets World
Premiere at Geva Theatre

PUSH’s Darren & Heather Stevenson:
2009 Arts Council Performing Artist of the Year

PUSH's Dracula

With the addition of respected Rochester actor and writer, Danny Hoskins, Dracula is not only an experiment in true collaboration, but a daring departure from the company’s usual silent treatment. Hoskins wrote the loose adaptation of Bram Stoker’s 1897 Gothic horror novel and plays the part of “Renfield,” from whose point of view the classic story of seduction, desire and madness is told. Creative music and sound design have always been an integral part of PUSH – as they are in Sound Designer Dan Roach’s brilliant soundscape for Dracula but beyond co-founder Darren Stevenson’s entertaining curtain speeches, the word has always been mum…until now.

“Combining our physical theatre with Danny’s excellent acting and writing talents has resulted in something that’s quite possibly groundbreaking – I certainly have never seen anything quite like this before,” says Darren.
The six-member company not only uses its physicality to play the story’s characters, but incredibly transforms itself into set pieces, props, creatures and more. PUSH presented a five-minute sneak peek during its May/June Time Remix Geva run, as well as two full-length workshop performances in Geva’s What’s Next: Festival of New Theatre in June, both to very enthusiastic audience response.
In addition to Heather, Darren and Danny, the second-act piece also features PUSHers Johanna Bystrom, Jonathan Lowery, Christine Prewitt and Isaac Carter. Act One of the program will feature PUSH favorites including “Galileo” and “The Visit.”






See behind the scenes photo's and video, hear from PUSH cast members and download free Dracula desktops on PUSH's Facebook fan page: http://www.facebook.com/pages/PUSH-Physical-Theatre/31066996288?ref=ts


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Friday, Oct 23: 7pm (opening night)
Saturday, Oct 24: 4 & 8pm
Sunday, Oct 25: 3pm
Wednesday, Oct 28: 7pm
Thursday, Oct 29: 7pm
Friday, Oct 30: 7pm
Saturday, Oct 31: 4 & 8pm (Halloween)
Sunday, Nov 1: 3pm
Wednesday, Nov 4: 7pm
Thursday, Nov 5: 7pm
Friday, Nov 6: 7pm
Saturday, Nov 7: 4 & 8pm
Sunday, Nov 8: 3pm

2 comments:

  1. This was waste of money. The first half had nothing to do with Dracula or the macabe. Boring!

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  2. Hi Lusisag13,

    Really? you didn't enjoy the first Act? I thought "Time, "Journey" and "Galileo" were amazing.
    Push is a combination of Modern dance, Pantomime and gymnastics. I love they way they tell narrative through their bodies' actions and interactions.

    "Journey's" text (poem) was written by six talented Rochester poets, which was a thrill for me to hear accompanying the dance. It may be my favorite performance piece of the evening.

    Dracula was a premier show, so I'm sure it will
    morph over times performed. (That's what happens in any live theatre performance.) Frequently, I go to first and last shows when I have the time. So I can see how the performance has changed. Doing this has given me ideas about my own creative work.

    Did you like the Dracula performance? If you had known the first Act was going to be a selection of their refined pieces and then the premier of Dracula, do you think you would have
    been better prepared for the viewing.

    I too thought it was exclusively Dracula.
    So reading the program surprised me too.

    Thanks for sending me a note.

    M.J.

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