The Gate Reopend at the Live Arts Festival
Preview by Debra Miller, Stage Magazine:
When writer Henry James visited the Scuola Grande di San Rocco in Venice and saw the dark and visionary painting cycle that Tintoretto created from 1564-88 to decorate its interior, he commented, “We shall scarcely find four walls elsewhere that enclose within a like area an equal quantity of genius. The air is thick with it . . . and difficult to breathe.” That’s precisely how I felt when I saw DANCING DEAD, last year’s site-specific Fringe Festival show by Brian Sanders’ JUNK, staged in the sub-basement of 444 Lofts. I went back three times, and viewed it from a different side each time; my only regret was that I couldn’t be there for every single performance. It was pure, transcendent, breath-taking genius.
This year, Sanders and his extraordinary dance troupe have been selected for the Live Arts Festival to remount THE GATE, their smash hit of 2003, and one of the most popular shows in the Festival’s history. THE GATE REOPENED will be re-imagined in Pier 9’s huge-scale municipal warehouse on the Delaware River, employing a team of eight dancers (Jerrica Blankenship, Gunnar Clark, Teddy Fatscher, Tamar Gutherz, John Luna, Billy Robinson, Tommy Schimmel, and Connor Senning), seating in-the-round, and a 20-foot-high octagonal jungle-gym construction (designed by Conrad Bender), with zigzagging and spinning ladders, moving fences, and a surprise rush of water.
Above all, THE GATE REOPENED will feature the brilliant vision and virtuoso choreography of Brian Sanders. Expect an unequalled aerial spectacle filled with beauty, danger, and inconceivable movement, as his astonishing dancers ascend, hover, bounce, and free-fall through space, while defying not just gravity, but all preconceived notions about the limitations of the human body. For Brian Sanders’ JUNK, there are none.
I’ve said it before, and I say it again: any show by Brian Sanders has my vote for the top ticket in Philadelphia, so be sure to get yours before THE GATE REOPENED is closed.For information and tickets, visit http://livearts-fringe.ticketleap.com/the-gate-reopened/ or call the Box Office at 215.413.1318. You’ll be glad that you did.
THE GATE REOPENED at the Live Arts Festival
Choreography by Brian Sanders
Brian Sanders’ JUNK
September 14-22, 2012
121 N. Columbus Blvd.
Philadelphia, PA 19106
Illustration by Niki Schifferdecker