Sparked June 26, 2011

Transcending Form Enchants at Theatre 80

Those who love the fusion of dance, song, and art will be thoroughly enchanted by Transcending Form a new dance work by choreographer John Byrne featuring the artwork of edgy photographer David LaChapelle.

Transcending Form’s eight dancers gracefully navigate the emotional journey of its story of life, afterlife, and the transcending soul to the eclectic, yet superbly appropriate, mix of music from Schubert to Shirley Brown, Michael Jackson, and, yes, even Elvis. Sprinkled throughout the theatrical journey are soulful live vocal performances by Gina Figueroa and the James Solomon Choir. The dance fable, which blends old form with new, is both energized and sensual. Its cast is as diverse as its East Village audience at Theatre 80 lending to its sincerity and appeal.

David LaChapelle’s fairytale-like masks, toy birds, and life-scale photography of the transcended human soul complete the experience of Transcending Form. The theatrical dance work, some 20 years in the making, is also produced by David LaChapelle in collaboration with Fred Torres and is the artist’s gift to New York. It’s fitting that the dance fable makes its debut at Theatre 80, the home of his first studio in the 80’s. 100% of proceeds from ticket sales will be donated to Education in Dance and The Related Arts.

Tickets to Transcending Form are available for $15 online at or at the box office for suggested donation (Performance contains Nudity). The 70-minute dance fable, which opened this summer on June 2nd, will continue its run at the historic Theatre 80 located at 80 St. Marks Place every Wednesday evening at 8 PM until its closing performance on August 24th.

Geoff and I arrived early and enjoyed a drink at the newly and lovingly restored Theatre 80 Café and were fortunate to meet its proprietor Lorcan Otway and learn more about the one upon a time speakeasy’s place in Jazz Age history. Attending Transcending Form at Theatre 80 is a perfect evening out for anyone who would like to experience a little East Village history, art, and magic!

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