After the success of its second season, NYC-based Sheep Meadow Dance Theatre (SMDT) will present another original full-length evening of dance, SEASON III: Sleeping Beauty. The company has refined its living dance film model through its partnership with 10K Productions and Lauren Woods Art.
SMDT, directed by Billy Blanken, will be dancing live with video editing and special effects, digital and practical, from the Culture Lab LIC at the Plaxall Gallery. The show will debut on Tuesday, June 22, at 7:30pm EST live and will remain available for viewing for 36 hours for audiences in other regions.
Blanken’s new vision of the classic The Sleeping Beauty is one of healing and rebirth, unity and balance. The combination of artwork, live dance and production streaming is captivating and accessible for viewing at home. Blanken and the company are excited to share this living dance film as the New York theatre and arts community reawakens after a challenging year.
This production features choreography by Blanken, concept artwork by Lauren Woods, and costumes by Sabrina Pretto, Lydia Haug and Elaine Blanken. The performance has been greatly aided by Salvatore LaRussa Dance Theatre and the Sanctuary Roosevelt Island.
Blanken founded SMDT in 2016, as a medium for exploring movement through a socially engaged dance practice. The project creates a repertoire ranging from site-specific performance art to classical ballet. With exposure to a wide range of movement styles in his career, Blanken creates theatrical, polished and classically informed choreography with a distinctly contemporary aesthetic. SMDT addresses the ways we relate to our bodies, selves and the rituals of performance. Its mission is to provide the highest quality in dance theatre performance for all, regardless of economic background. Dance is a human right, and it is our joy to share it widely as possible.
SMDT has performed at Dixon Place, the Dumbo Dance Festival, the Ailey Citigroup Theater, the Plaxall Gallery, Peridance Capezio Center, Pennington Day, No One Can Survive Alone Benefit, The Brooklyn School of Music, the LUNGS Dance Festival, the Moving Beauty Series, The Dance Festival Lower East Side, The Hudson Guild Theatre, The White Wave Solo/Duo Festival, NACHMO, The Actors Fund Art’s Center, Triskellion Arts, The Queensboro Dance Festival and Greenspace Studio, among others. In August of 2019, Blanken presented his first full-length evening at the Queens Theatre in the Park. For his second season in December of 2020, he created an original contemporary Nutcracker.
For tickets to Sheep Meadow Dance Theatre’s SEASON III: Sleeping Beauty, visit www.eventbrite.com/e/smdt-presents-season-3-tickets. You can follow the company on Instagram: @sheepmeadowdancetheatre.