|Beyond Babel Returns Off-Broadway This Fall|
|Posted by: Official_Press_Release 03:19 pm EDT 05/06/21|
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"Irresistible and astonishing. Beyond Babel is a winner!"
-New York Times
"Beyond Babel is exhilarating, beautiful, and breathtaking.
As exciting as its acclaimed predecessor, West Side Story."
-New York Stage Review
"There's an alchemy that happens when the Madrids' extraordinarily specific and impressively understated choreography is allowed to build on itself and carve out peaks and valleys for the characters we get to know over the course of the show."
Beyond Babel Returns to New York!
Hideaway Circus and Keone & Mari
Returning September 30, 2021
to The Gym at Judson
Watch "Show Me Love" from Beyond Babel
(March 6, 2021 – New York) The critically acclaimed dance theatre hit Beyond Babel will return to New York this fall to complete the final eight weeks of its original Off-Broadway run. Performances will begin again on Thursday, September 30, 2021 at The Gym at Judson (243 Thompson Street).
Tickets are available now at www.BeyondBabelShow.com.
Beyond Babel was co-created by Josh Aviner and Lyndsay Magid Aviner of Hideaway Circus and the award-winning team of Keone and Mari Madrid, who will appear in select performances.
Image by Aidan GibneyKeone and Mari Madrid said in a joint statement, "Coming back to a story full of themes that feel even more relevant today than they already did pre-pandemic is an immense honor, separate from the joyous fact that we can finally reunite under the essential magic of live theatre. To that we dance!"
Nominated for two Drama Desk Awards, the New York production of Beyond Babel first opened February 1, 2020 at The Gym at Judson for an extended engagement before taking a hiatus March 12, 2020 due to the pandemic.
"We are thrilled to finally be able to announce Beyond Babel's return to the stage," said Josh and Lyndsay Aviner. "After a year of hiatus and months of preparing for this moment, we're very thankful that everything will be in place for our show to safely welcome audiences back to the theatre this fall. We hope our incredibly talented, diverse will inspire those first audiences returning to live performance."
Told through a narrative urban dance riff on Shakespeare's Romeo & Juliet, Beyond Babel takes a contemporary look at the consequences of building physical – and ideological – walls to create division. The narrative follows two divinely linked lovers fighting to connect as authorities raise a border that tears their families apart and forces their community to confront its diverging identities.
Image by Aidan GibneyWorld-renowned dancers and choreographers, Keone & Mari recently collaborated on Disney's first animated short film in five years, Us Again, now out in theatres and set to debut on Disney+ in June. The Madrids' work has been featured on "So You Think You Can Dance," "World of Dance" and "Dancing with the Stars." They have worked with BTS, Billie Eilish, Ed Sheeran, Flying Lotus & Kendrick Lamar, among many others, and also choreographed and starred in Justin Bieber's "Love Yourself" video, which has amassed over 1.6 billion views on YouTube.
The elite team of dancers from the 2020 production reprise their roles: Olivia Battista, Melissa De Jesus, Noelle Franco, Selene Haro, Shannon Kelly, Samuel Moore, Mikey Ruiz, Julian "Juju" Sena, and Fabian Tucker. Also returning are ensemble members Julia Alaimo, Eric Delgado, Rosalind Hsu, Maya Kell-Abrams, James Kho, Jen Margono, Brianna Mercado, Esosa Oviasu, Kaylar Preite, Aaron Quini, and Darien Van Rensalier.
Beyond Babel features a contemporary soundtrack and a set comprised of vast crochet art installations and backdrops by singular visual artist London Kaye, alongside lighting design by Tony Award winner Jeff Croiter and Sean Beach. Costume designer Barbara Erin Delo joins the creative team for the upcoming run. The Aviners serve as Lead Producers and Creative Directors, while the Madrids serve as Choreographers and Artistic Directors.
Following Covid-19 safety guidelines, The Gym at Judson has upgraded its ventilation system to a new isolated HVAC with MERV 13 filters. The production will implement a number of changes for enhanced safety, including a contactless entry and exit process, and will adhere to all New York State protocols for cleaning, sanitation and handling audience flow.
Image by Aidan Gibney
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Keone and Mari Madrid (Co-Creators) are the co-creators, choreographers, and artistic directors of Beyond Babel. They are world-renowned dancers and award-winning choreographers, storytellers, global instructors and, most importantly, husband, wife, and parents. They've worked with BTS, Billie Eilish, Ed Sheeran, Flying Lotus & Kendrick Lamar, Cirque du Soleil, "World of Dance," "So You Think You Can Dance," "Dancing with the Stars," Nike, Timberland, Beats By Dre, Nordstrom, Hyundai, several K-Pop artists, multiple champions at major dance competitions, and more. They choreographed and starred in Justin Bieber's "Love Yourself" music video, received nominations for best choreography at the MTV Video Music Awards and the UK Video Music Awards, and created multiple viral sensations. Their online work has amassed billions of views. Keone & Mari are directing and choreographing the Broadway-bound musical Once Upon a One More Time as well as choreographing The Karate Kid musical. Keone & Mari recently announced their choreographic involvement in a new Disney animated short film, Us Again, told entirely through music and dance. The film is out wherever theaters are open and will debut on Disney+ in June.
Josh Aviner and Lyndsay Magid Aviner (Co-Creators) are the co-creators, lead producers, and creative directors behind Beyond Babel. In 2015 they founded the Brooklyn-based production company Hideaway Circus. Beyond Babel is their second collaboration with Keone and Mari Madrid; they previously partnered on the genre-defying slasher circus show SLUMBER, which played for multiple seasons in New York and Australia and was described by Time Out NY as "contemporary, sexy and a little bit dangerous." The Miss Behave Gameshow, which the Aviners associate producers, has been running at Bally's Casino in Las Vegas for over two years and was awarded "Best Strip Secret 2018" by Las Vegas Magazine. The company's work spans various mediums including the award-nominated Hideaway Podcast, focused on circus and theatre analysis and artist interviews. Josh and Lyndsay have also created numerous 360 virtual reality experiences, including the first-ever circus and dance show designed specifically for viewing on a mobile headset.
London Kaye (Scenic and Crochet Design) is a street artist and crochet designer based in Brooklyn, NY and Los Angeles, CA. Her unique use of crochet to create art pieces made entirely of yarn has attracted the attention of major media outlets, globally recognized brands, and an engaged following on social media. Stories on Kaye and her work have been featured in The New York Times, CBS "This Morning," The Huffington Post, Buzzfeed and Elle. She has adorned the windows of ABC Carpet and Home and has recently crocheted pieces for major brands, including Red Valentino, Starbucks, Miller Lite, Chex Mix, The Gap, and the TBS Network. According to Condé Nast Traveler, "London Kaye is the one to watch." Still true to her street art roots to this day, most of her pieces are hung on fences in public spaces. Her work has been spotted on city streets ranging from New York to Venice Beach and Rome to Mexico City.
Jeff Croiter (Lighting Design) is a Tony Award-winning lighting designer with over 25-years of experience working on Broadway, Off-Broadway, dance, opera, special events, regional theatre, touring productions, and TV. Jeff has received Tony, Hewes, and Bass awards and has been nominated for Drama Desk, Outer Critics, NAACP, Lortel, Ovation, Irne, and Audelco awards. He designed several seasons of the Big Apple Circus at Lincoln Center, is the lighting designer for Penn & Teller in Las Vegas, and has been working with the Jennifer Muller The Works dance company since 1996. Jeff is a producer of the series "Submissions Only;" a producer and host of the 4Wall Sunday Roundtable; a producer of Live at the Movies; and an executive producer of "Light Humor," the animated short series. Broadway credits include Freestyle Love Supreme, Bandstand, Falsettos, Something Rotten, Holiday Inn, Newsies, Peter and the Starcatcher, Penn & Teller, Disaster, Next Fall, Mothers and Sons, The Pee-wee Herman Show, Kiki and Herb, A Time to Kill, Soul Doctor, Jekyll and Hyde, The Performers, and The Anarchist.
Sean Beach (Lighting Design) is a lighting designer, programmer, photographer, and filmmaker. His most notable design is the theatrical/concert lighting for Universal Studios' hit film Pitch Perfect. Sean has worked extensively as an assistant designer and moving light programmer on dozens of Broadway musicals and plays including Frozen, Aladdin, A Bronx Tale, Hunchback of Notre Dame, Gigi, Once, Rock of Ages, How To Succeed..., Motown, Million Dollar Quartet, Allegiance, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, and The Crucible as well as the US/International tours of Spongebob!, Mary Poppins, The Addams Family, Beauty and the Beast, South Pacific, and Finding Neverland. He is currently the lighting director for Solange Knowles's 2019/2020 tour. Member of USA 829, IATSE Local One, and a graduate of NCSA. Online as @sbeachld and http://www.seanbeach.com/
Barbara Erin Delo (Costume Design) is a Costume Designer and Artisan working in dance, theatre and opera. A New York native, she has previously designed costumes for Williamstown Theatre Company, Theatre at St Clements (The Bigot, Off Broadway premier), Martha Graham Dance Company, The Flea, Castillo Theatre, Parsons Dance Company, Megan Williams Dance Projects, Capital Repertory Theatre, Battery Dance Company, NYC Fringe Festival, Chain Theatre Company, Third Rail Productions as well as many other NY and regional theatres. She studied costume design at SUNY Binghamton and NYU Tisch.
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