ThIStHaT ShoW No. 4 and No. 5 Showcases New & Recent Dance Works
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All offers for ThIStHaT ShoW No. 4 and No. 5 have expired.
The last date listed for ThIStHaT ShoW No. 4 and No. 5 was Saturday January 21, 2012 / 8:00pm (ThIStHaT ShoW No. 5).
Currently at Central Square Theater:
- Full Price:
- $47.00 - $61.00
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- $11.75 - $30.50
This co-production between The Nora Theatre Company and Underground Railway Theater transports you to ancient Persia, where King Shahryar, after being driven mad by his first wife's infidelity, brands all women unfaithful. He takes a new bride every night and has each one executed the following day -- until he meets Shahrazad, who enchants him with magical tales spanning the globe, winning his love and respect in the process. Based on the collection of folk tales One Thousand and One Nights and adapted by Dominic Cooke, Arabian Nights is rich with suspense, romance and hilarity for all ages. Daniel Gidron directs. Learn More
Reviews & Ratings
Featured review from Marilyn
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The end of the show was very artistic and beautiful. The woman had done a modern piece with photos of Paris playing on the screen behind her. She told a story through photos, dance, and a recording of a conversation. Very tasteful.
As for the rest of the show, to be honest, I suppose it's an acquired taste. The dancing was erratic, only one dance team was together and on point with the music, there were about six scenes with the lights off and a young man playing ear piercing music off of his IPad and silly designs playing on the screen. It was not what I expected and I was displeased. I do have a long history with professional dance and understand that this was not meant to be a top of the charts performance but it honestly seemed to be slapped together. Very messy. I give it a D, the credit for merely passing should be given to the one pair of women who looked like they actually practiced and the to last woman who put a lot of thought and effort into her piece.
Dancer/choreographer/producer Daniel McCusker has been showcasing his dance and dance-like “discoveries” since the spring of 2008. Each year the showcases have become more daring and the audience capacity has burst at the seams to the point that it has become necessary to move to a larger venue and to expand his ThIStHaT ShoWs into a two-weekend extravaganza.
To break the mold even further, his annual spring affair is now in the height of winter, with ThIStHaT ShoW No. 4 and No. 5 poised to pay a warm tribute to many of the kindred spirits who figure in McCusker’s lively artistic world. McCusker is keen on investigating the true nature of dance and performance. The work that interests him the most is formal, very structure-based, making deliberate choices regarding its structural components. This formality serves to mediate any narrative elements so that the full meaning of the work can be revealed.
McCusker’s quest to discover this true nature by way of structure doesn't always play out, but as many of his fans have come to realize, the exciting part is when it does indeed play out. And they happen to be there when it all comes together. The yearly showcase has become a huge success, critically and otherwise, and is a much anticipated not-to-be-missed annual celebration for all lovers (and soon-to-be lovers) of local dance.
About the Ticket Supplier: Daniel McCusker Dance Projects
Since 1994, Daniel McCusker has been part of the heart and soul of Boston's vibrant dance community. He is a dancer, choreographer and educator, currently teaching modern dance, ballet, composition and special topics courses in the Department of Drama & Dance at Tufts University. Before moving to the Boston-area, McCusker directed Ram Island Dance in Portland, ME for seven years; and prior to that endeavor, while living in New York City, he performed regularly with the Lucinda Childs Dance Company among others.