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A Mouthful of Shoes
March 9, 2017 - March 11, 2017

Danspace Project presents the premiere of A Mouthful of Shoes, the latest dance by acclaimed theatrical dance troupe The Bang Group. Founded in 1995 by David Parker and Jeffrey Kazin, this marks The Bang Group's third Danspace Project season. “The Bangs are masters in sending up the gelatinous sentimentality of popular culture, embracing it at the same time,” wrote Marcia B. Siegel (The Arts Fuse). A Mouthful of Shoes continues choreographer Parker’s adventurous exploration of the sonic potential of the dancing body in a varied, interlocking suite of percussive dances. The performance on Thursday, March 9 will be followed by a discussion with The Bang Group and tap dancer/choreographer Michelle Dorrance.

Says Parker, “I'm passionate about the social aspects of rhythm: the way we use rhythm to connect, argue, seduce, negotiate and contradict. I turned to these scores because their pithy structures are full of mixed-meter, dissonance, discord and counterpoint which offer ample opportunity to incarnate these behaviors. The resultant dances, having metabolized their scores entirely, emerge as autonomous aural/kinetic artifacts.”

Parker considers A Mouthful of Shoes a contemporary work in which tap dance is but one of the considerations. “Working with a wide-ranging movement vocabulary drawing from classical and contemporary forms as well as tap dance, I've taken a set of musical scores both contemporary and traditional, re-created them as choreographic systems, and embodied them with dancers,” he explains, “thus, they can be ‘played’ entirely by feet and bodies. Our translations are not transcriptions but have been tackled exactingly, feelingly, poetically and with freedom.” All of the dancers, which include Chelsea Ainsworth, Dylan Baker, Rebecca Hadley, Jeffrey Kazin, Alison Manning, Nic Petry, Tommy Seibold, Amber Sloan, and Caleb Teicher, have backgrounds in both percussive and contemporary forms.

Noted interpreter of modern music, Pauline Kim Harris, will play violin for Dean Rosenthal's new composition created especially for The Bang Group. Parker will offer his version of Stravinsky's famous experimental jazz composition, Piano Rag Music will be played by Michael Scales and the premiere of Path, also by music Rosenthal, will be played live by Katie Scheele

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A Mouthful of Shoes
Dancers: Chelsea Ainsworth, Dylan Baker, Rebecca Hadley, Jeffrey Kazin, Alison Manning, Nic Petry, Tommy Seibold, Amber Sloan, and Caleb Teicher,
Musicians: Pauline Kim Harris, Michael Scales, Katie Scheele
New Music by: Dean Rosenthal
Scores by: Morton Feldman, W.A. Mozart, Steve Reich, Igor Stravinsky
Costumes: Pei Chi-Su
Lighting Design: Kathy Kaufmann
 

 
 

Pairings
March 18, 2017
7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

"Spring Pairings" intertwines a unique culinary experience with dance performances. Broadwayworld cooking show host, Katie Lynch, and Mixologist for The Smith, Ryan Garrison, team up with three professional dance companies to present the flavors of the spring season.    

3 Course Pairings
Appetizer and Drink - David Parker and The Bang Group
Main Course and Drink - Loud Hound Movement 
Desert and Drink - Bryn Cohn + Artists

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West Fest
April 28, 2017 - April 30, 2017

TBG returns to WestFest for two performances on the 28th & 20th performing on a mixed bill program with Jeff Sykes, Dance Traveler by Young Hoon Oh, Donnell Oakely Makes Dances, Christina Noel & The Creature,  Alethea Pace,  Trezon Darcy, and Amanda Hamline

 

 

 

Marymount Manhattan College
May 11, 2017 - May 21, 2017

Premiere of new work by David Parker created for students at Marymount Manhattan College.

 
 

Soaking WET
May 18, 2017 - May 21, 2017

Soaking WET #37 features new work by Ellen Cornfield/Cornfield Dance, Ben Munisteri, Lorraine Chapman, Ruth Bronwen, Deirdre Towers and BOINK!

More information coming soon!

 

New Baltic Dances
May 22, 2017 - May 27, 2017

The Bang Group makes its Lithuanian debut at the New Baltic Dances Festival, part of the International Vilnius Festivals.

The International Contemporary Dance Festival 'New Baltic Dance,' during 13 years of its existence, has become one of the main and most prestigious dance festivals in the Baltic Sea area. Since 1997 the Festival has presented companies from all Nordic and Baltic countries, UK, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Belgium, Israel, Canada, Slovenia, Serbia, Russia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Poland, Switzerland, Senegal. During 13 years of its existence New Baltic Dance has brought 170 dance companies and independent choreographers from 25 countries. 

Programming of the festival, organized by Lithuanian Dance Information Centre and 'Vilnius Festivals,' consists both of well established companies with famous productions and new young companies/choreographers with experimental works. One of principles of the festival is to present the newest productions, thus the event is open for premieres, post-premieres and pre-premieres. The festival also provides the possibility for Lithuanian choreographers to show their newest creations.

More information coming soon!

 
 

Bates Dance Festival
June 14, 2017 - June 22, 2017

David Parker, assisted by Jeff Kazin, will be teaching Choreolab at the renowned Maine festival.

 
 

Dance Now Boston
June 16, 2017 - June 18, 2017

The Bang Group presents Dance Now|Boston's 4th annual season with new works by Boston choreographers Ian Berg, Jimena BermejoCarey MacKinley and McKersin Previlus alongside New York company LMnO3.

Inspired by the supper clubs of yore, the program will allow diverse Boston dance artists to be commissioned to create exciting new work for our city's cabaret stages.  David Parker himself has created 3 evening length works through Dance Now|NYC and found himself invigorated and transformed by creating sophisticated dance for these relaxed settings which are primarily associated with food, drink and entertainment. 

Additionally, TBG will present the inaugural Presenting the first Robert B. and Joan H. Parker Compassionate Action Award to social justice activist, Stanley N. Griffith.  (See The Bang Group's home page for more information about how you can be a part of this exciting evening!)

 

 
 

SNAP CRACKLE BANG!
June 17, 2017

Please join us to support our exciting new dance exchange

Dance Now | Boston

An evening to benefit The Bang Group

Inspired by the supper clubs of yore, the program will allow diverse Boston dance artists to be commissioned to create exciting new work for our city's cabaret stages.  David Parker himself has created 3 evening length works through Dance Now|NYC and found himself invigorated and transformed by creating sophisticated dance for these relaxed settings which are primarily associated with food, drink and entertainment

The evening will also feature the presentation of the first Robert B. and Joan H. Parker Compassionate Action Award to social justice activist, Stanley N. Griffith.  Stan Griffith has been a champion for civil and LGBTQ rights, fair and affordable housing and all efforts that raise up the human spirit. Joan and Bob Parker loved and admired him for his steadfast commitment to our greater good.

Joining The Bang Group for this special evening will be performances by Boston choreographers Ian Berg, Jimena Bermejo, Carey MacKinley and McKersin Previlus alongside New York company LMnO3 (Deborah Lohse, Cori Marquis and Donnell Oakley)

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The Shaker Project
August 4, 2017 - August 6, 2017

The Bang Group's collaboration with renowned Boston choreographer, Lorraine Chapman, her company and the Cantebury Shaker Village in NH continues with a new work inspired by the tenets and ideals of The Shakers

 
 

MusikFest
August 10, 2017 - August 14, 2017

TBG returns to historic Bethleham, PA and the exciting MusikFest therein.

More information coming soon!

 
 

Nut/Cracked
November 26, 2017 - December 2, 2017

The 15th Anniversary season of Nut/Cracked kicks off with a residency and performances in Providence at Rhode Island College.

After working for a week with students (and incorporating some into the production!) along with community classes and lectures, Nut/Cracked will be presented on December 1 and 2 in the esteemed Nazarian Center

More information coming soon!

 
 

Nut/Cracked
December 8, 2017 - December 9, 2017

After last year's sold-out performances, Nut/Cracked 2017 continues with a triumphant return to The Dance Hall in Kittery, ME

More information coming soon!
 

 
 

A Mouthful of Shoes @ The Dance Hall
March 16, 2018 - March 17, 2018

David Parker's evening of rhythm, A Mouthful of Shoes, will be presented at The Dance Hall in Kittery, ME

More information coming soon!

 
 

A Mouthful of Shoes
March 20, 2018 - March 23, 2018

TBG enjoys the hospitality of the Redfern Arts Center at Keene State College as part of a residency accompanied by a performance of A Mouthful of Shoes.

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A Mouthful of Shoes
July 2, 2018 - July 15, 2018

 TBG spends two weeks in residence creating a new work to be part of David Parker's evening of rhythm, A Mouthful of Shoes.

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