Friday, July 18, 2014

2014 Between the Seas Events at The Wild Project

BETWEEN THE SEAS, the only festival of contemporary dance, theater and music from the Mediterranean, returns to the Wild Project

New York, New York TKBETWEEN THE SEAS is thrilled to announce the 2014 line up for its 4th annual festival celebrating Mediterranean performance. BETWEEN THE SEAS runs from Monday, July 21 - Sunday, July 27. The performance schedule varies (see individual show details below). Performances are at The Wild Project (195 East 3rd street between Avenues A and B). Tickets are $20 (Students/Seniors $15 with valid ID). Tickets can be purchased by calling OvationTix on 212.352.3101 or online at For more information, visit

BETWEEN THE SEAS, the only festival in New York celebrating Mediterranean performance, returns to the Wild Project for its fourth year. This year's highlights include a world premiere adaptation of Chuck Mee's Matisse's Self Portrait; new work by the choreographer Nejla Yatkin, and the return of Balletto di Sardegna with new provocative dance inspired by designer Elsa Schiaparelli.

BETWEEN THE SEAS is thrilled to offer a new program this year: 4x4: NYC meets the Med., a series of staged readings that pair American directors and actors with Mediterranean playwrights. All readings in 4x4 are free and open to the public.

This year's Artist In Focus is Elias Wakeem, also known as Madam Tayoush, whose visual artwork will be on display in the Wild Project gallery.

ARAGOSTA (Lobster)  by ASMED-Balletto Teatro di Sardegna (Italy)

World premiere
Choreography: Moreno Solinas
Dancers: Francesca Assiero Brà, Anna Paola Della Chiesa, Rachele Montis
Artistic Director: Massimiliano Leoni
Production assistant: Silvia Muratori
Administration: Elisabetta Corona
Production: ASMED
Supported by the Italian Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities and Autonomous Region of Sardinia (ITALY)
The new production by ASMED - Balletto di Sardegna carries on its work of research around the great non-conformist Italian stylist of the thirties, Elsa Schiaparelli, began last year. Nowadays Elsa Schiaparelli still inspires many generations of contemporary artists not only in Italy but also at an international level. This time, the reflection takes shape in ARAGOSTA, a completely new piece enriched with surprising concepts and abstract expression codes. The new choreography stems from that unstoppable pulse to create and express oneself at all costs and despite everything; in spite of the imposed cultural roles, the crushing social conventions and the timeless conflict between the natural and social being.
It has been spontaneous and almost irresistible to associate the stylish exuberance of Schiaparelli with the innovative expressive hardiness of Moreno Solinas, the emerging choreographer, who gives authorship to this new work. Sardinian by birth but Londoner by choice, Solinas distinguishes himself both for his cosmopolitan attitude and North European sensitivity. His never-ending creativity and natural predisposition to catch new aspects and visual angles makes him the most brilliant artist to give an original interpretation of the Italian designer’s genius.

These events sound excellent and a fun way to spend an evening in New York City! Please let me know if you attend any of these shows in the comments below as I would love to know how you enjoyed it!

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