The Look of Feeling
Written, Performed & Conceived by Francesca Harper
Directorial Consultant: Susan Batson
Dress Rehearsal and previews starting on Friday, February 28th @8pm
Save the Dates:
Special Sneak Preview Performances
Fri 2/28 8pm Dress Rehearsal followed by a Q&A with the Artist
Sun 3/2 3pm Dress Rehearsal followed by a Q&A with the Artist
Fri 3/7 8pm Preview followed by a Q&A with the Artist
Sat 3/8 8pm Preview followed by a Q&A with the Artist
Sun 3/9 3pm Preview followed by a Q&A with the Artist
Tickets for performances in May will be available for purchase on March 10th
About The Show
A celebration of American dance pioneer Denise Jefferson.
Daughter Francesca Harper explores her mother’s courageous journey, from her family's flight from Coffeeville, Mississippi, to becoming the founding Director of The Ailey School. Denise Jefferson worked closely with Alvin Ailey to elevate the once controversial institution to international acclaim. A single mother and feminist with dreams of a life in dance, Jefferson’s accomplishments surpassed her audacious imagination. She directed The Ailey School for 26 years.
A bold and accomplished artist in her own right, Francesca Harper recreates her mother’s legacy. A theatrical portrait emerges, as Harper recounts her mother’s journey through dance and song.
About Francesca Harper
Francesca Harper is an internationally acclaimed multi-faceted artist. After being named Presidential Scholar in the Arts and performing at the White House, Harper performed soloist roles with the Dance Theater of Harlem and spent several years as a principal in William Forsythe’s Ballet Frankfurt. Her Broadway credits include Fosse, The Producers, All Shook Up, The Frogs and the Tony Award winning treasure The Color Purple. Her Principal acting roles include starring opposite Molly Ringwald in Sweet Charity and performing the role of Judith originated on Broadway by Judith Jamison in Sophisticated Ladies.
Harper has choreographed works for Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Ailey II, Tanz Graz, Hubbard Street II, Dallas Black Dance Theater, and her own company, The Francesca Harper Project, which was founded in 2005. The Francesca Harper Project (FHP) has toured Internationally, including the Holland Dance Festival, and Venice Biennale. FHP was a New York Magazine critic’s pick for 2008.
Her TV appearances include two episodes of Boardwalk Empire, David Letterman and The Oprah Winfrey Show. Harper also served as ballet consultant for the feature film, "Black Swan," by Darren Aronofsky, starring Natalie Portman, who went on to win an Oscar.
Harper is an adjunct professor at New York University, Associate Professor at Barnard College, and continues the vital role of teacher and choreographer for The Ailey School, Fordham University’s BFA Program and the Susan Batson Studio led by Award Winner Susan Batson. Most recently, she was also a featured performer in Zinnias – The Life of Clementine Hunter directed by Robert Wilson. She was also the recipient of the Innovation and Technology Award for Louis Vuitton Reconstruction 3.0 for New York Fashion Week 2013 at Lincoln Center, and was honored with a Living History Award during Black History Month, in February, 2013.
Visit www.francescaharper.com for more information
Back by popular demand!
Bette Davis... ''Fasten Your Seatbelts!''
Written and performed by Bettina Lohmeyer
Directorial Consultant: Susan Batson
Starting on Friday, March 21st
Save the Dates:
Fri, March 21st @7pm
Sun, March 23rd @3pm
Fri, March 28 @7pm
Sun, March 30th @3pm
Fri, April 4th @7pm
Sun, April 6th @3pm
Fri, April 11th @7pm
Sun, April 13th @3pm
Fri, April 18th @7pm
Sun, April 20th @3pm
Fri, April 25th @7pm
Sun, April 27th @3pm
About The Play
Bette Davis (1908-1989) was one of the biggest movie stars in Hollywood: She was a pioneer on-screen and let the audience see the world in a new way. She was never out to win a popularity contest: She didn´t compromise, fought for better scripts, wasn´t afraid of playing dislikable characters and always went for the truth. Hollywood wanted her to be nice – she wanted it real.
She became an icon: Bette Davis made more than 100 films, won two Oscars and many other awards. She was a liberated woman with a personal life as dramatic as her roles. She proved that you can have a career and remain honest – if you are willing to pay the price of being lonely. She was larger than life. Her career spanned six decades and she never stopped working. She always kept this flame alive: her passion for acting.
Bette Davis... “Fasten Your Seatbelts!” is an evening that takes you on a ride from 1936 to 1985. It´s about the ups and downs in Bette Davis´ life: her biggest fight with Jack Warner, her success as an extraordinary actress, her most painful loss and some curious struggles in her private life as well.
Join the ride - and fasten your seatbelt!
About Bettina Lohmeyer
Bettina Lohmeyer graduated in 1995 with a diploma in acting from the University of the Arts, Berlin. Since then she has been continuously working in theater, film and television. Her credits include Laura in Tennessee Williams’ “The Glass Menagerie”, Olivia in Shakespeare´s “Twelfth Night” and a leading role in the TV series “Behind Bars”. She also took part in the movie “The Baader Meinhof Complex”, which was nominated for an Academy Award and a Golden Globe. Bettina is now cast in the American film production “Pastor Paul” and has developed a one-woman-show under the direction of Susan Batson that opened on October 20th in New York: Bette Davis...“Fasten Your Seatbelts!”
More information: http://www.bettina-lohmeyer.de/en/start.html