#BTS of Keone and Mari Madrid's New Horror Production, Slumber
We've swooned over all of their incredibly inventive videos (Exhibit A. Exhibit B. Exhibit C.)—and now husband-and-wife choreography duo (and former DS cover stars) Keone and Mari Madrid are working on a new project: a live, interactive horror story. Um, what?
Produced by HIDEAWAY, a Brooklyn-based production and circus company, the show—titled Slumber—will combine elements of dance, burlesque, circus and theater as it follows "a girl squad of circus performers and dancers on the last night of their lives." ?
It sounds like a terrifying, dance-y Haunted House-type thing, and tbh we're all for it. 'Tis the spooky season, am I right? Plus, with Keone and Mari on board, it's guaranteed to be #fierce.
In an interview with BroadwayWorld.com, Keone said the goal of the show is to make "audiences feel a little bit of an uneasy suspense, but very excited about what's going on." He added, "there's also a sense of survival within the show." YIKES.
In terms of movement, the couple—known for fusing hip hop with genres like contemporary and lyrical—is trying something a little different. "You won't see this style of dance anywhere else," says Keone. "What we really like to do is work with different kinds of movers—like a circus performer for instance. We don't want to force our movement on them; we're trying to utilize their movement in a more musically rhythmic way."
The show officially opened this past weekend and runs through Nov. 6. If you're brave enough to attend (and over 21), get tickets here. And if you're too young (or too chicken) to see Slumber live, check out the rehearsal video below to get your thrill on:
(From left) Darriel Johnakin, Diego Pasillas, and Emma Sutherland (all photos by Erin Baiano)
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Imagine attending American Ballet Theatre's prestigious NYC summer intensive, training among classical ballet legends. Imagine taking the stage at New York City Dance Alliance Nationals, competing against some of the country's best contemporary dancers. Now, imagine doing both—at the same time.
Welcome to Madison Brown's world. This summer, she's in her third year as a National Training Scholar with ABT, while also competing for NYCDA's Teen Outstanding Dancer title. (She's already won Outstanding Dancer in the Mini and Junior categories.) The logistics are complicated—ABT's five-week intensive overlaps with the weeklong NYCDA Nationals, which translates to a lot of cabs back and forth across Manhattan—but Maddie is committed to making the most of each opportunity. "I love contemporary and ballet equally," she says. "While I'm able to do both, I want to do as much as I can."
Maddie has an expressive face, endless extensions, and a quiet command of the stage. She dances with remarkable maturity—a trait noted by none other than Jennifer Lopez, one of the judges on NBC's "World of Dance," on which Maddie competed in Season 2. Although Maddie didn't take home the show's top prize, she was proud to be the youngest remaining soloist when she was eliminated, and saw the whole experience as an opportunity to grow. After all, she's just getting started. Oh, that's right—did we mention Maddie's only 14?
Corbin Bleu in rehearsal for "Kiss Me, Kate" (Jenny Anderson, courtesy Roundabout Theatre Company)
If you're a hardcore Broadway baby, today is the worst Sunday of the year. Why, you ask? The Tony Awards were last Sunday, so basically there's nothing to look forward to in life anymore—no James Corden being James Corden, no teary acceptance speeches from newly minted stars, no thrilling excerpts from the hottest new shows. Oh yeah, and there are 50 more Sundays to go before our humdrum lives are once again blessed with the next annual iteration of Broadway's biggest night.