Let's Crack Some Eggs
The Annex
April 6 - 16, 2006
Thursday - Saturday 7:30pm
Sunday - 2:30pm & 7:30pm
Tickets $20
Choreographed by Errol Grimes
Written by Michael Dinwiddie
Original Music by Mark Ballora

Box office 212.475.7710

A fantastic world where an Aunt's love, the nourishment of eggs and a boy's harrowing journey teaches us arecipe for living.

Lets Crack Some Eggs is the tale of a Boy’s harrowing journey, an Aunt’s love and the nourishment of eggs, all of which teach us a recipe for life. In this dance/theatre piece, a boy’s imagination soars around the world as he explores a journey of growth and maturation. The audience will be treated to an evening of dance inspired by Afro-West Indian mytholology, story telling, music, culinary arts, and costume. Described as a “poet of motion” by Jack Anderson of The New York Times, Errol Grimes identifies his muse as the mix of English colonial customs and African culture that existed in Barbados while he was growing up. “Let’s Crack Some Eggs” speaks to the universality of childhood dreams and wishes. This beautiful work conveys its reminiscences and timeless memories through outstanding choreography, moving music and colorful sets and costumes.

With a repertoire of more than fifteen works the Errol Grimes Dance Group (EGDG) has graced many New York stages including the Billie Holiday Theatre, Henry Street Settlement’s Abrons Arts Center, LaMama Theatre, Paul Robeson Theatre and The Kitchen. The company has also performed at Williams College, Middlebury College and The Place in Washington, D.C. Most recently, EGDG performed Red & More in collaboration with the ChoreoQuest program at the Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Plaza's Billie Holiday Theatre. The company also performed Red this fall during a residency at Williams College where Mr. Grimes taught a master’s class.

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Michael Dinwiddie, playwright, is delighted to work with the Errol Grimes Dance Group again. Previously, he wrote text for the work-in-progress of Lets Crack Some Eggs, which was presented at Judson Memorial Church in the fall of 1999 and for the world premiere of RED at the Andalusia Arts Festival, PA in 2001. A dramatist whose play Masque was recently produced at Richard Allen Center for Culture and Art (RACCA) Seaport Salon, Michael is also an Associate Professor at the Gallatin School of Individualized Study, New York University. Michael D. Dinwiddie’s teaching interests include cultural studies, African American theatre history, dramatic writing, filmmaking, and ragtime music. A dramatist whose works have been produced in New York, regional, and educational theatre, he has been playwright-in-residence at Michigan State University and St. Louis University and taught writing courses at the College of New Rochelle, Florida A&M University, SUNY Stony Brook, California State University at San Bernardino, and Universidad de Palermo in Buenos Aires, Argentina. He spent a year at Touchstone Pictures as a Walt Disney Fellow and worked as a staff writer on ABC-TV’s Hangin’ with Mr. Cooper. In 1994 he was a Sundance finalist, and in 1995, he was awarded a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in Playwriting. A Gallatin graduate, Professor Dinwiddie earned his M.F.A. in dramatic writing from the Tisch School of the Arts at NYU. His course offerings include Migration and American Culture; Dramatizing History I and II; Poets in Protest: Footsteps to Hip-Hop; James Reese Europe and American Music; Sissle, Blake, and the Minstrel Tradition; and Guerrilla Screenwriting. Professor Dinwiddie received NYU’s Distinguished Teaching Award in 2005.

Kaoru Ikeda, dancer, is from Tokyo, Japan. She earned a BA in Dance for Nihon University and a MFA in Dance from New York University’s Tisch School of The Arts, which she attended as a Rotary International Ambassador Scholar and a Tisch Graduate Scholar. She has performed with the All Japan Ballet Society and Saitama Prefecture Dance Society and DT 21 as a selective member. She has also collaborated with musicians, composers and fashion designers in Australia, Japan and New York. Ms. Ikeda’s original works have been seen at Tisch and the D.U.M.B.O Arts Dance Festival, 2005.

Germaul Yusef Barnes, dancer, is from Phoenix, Arizona and attended the South Mountain School for the Arts and the University of the Arts/Philadelphia. In 1993, he moved to Berlin, Germany, performed with Joseph Trimm’s Tolada Dance Company and taught dance throughout the world including TanzFabric, Ballet Centrum, Skidmore College, University of Buffalo, Ghana National Dance Theater and many others. He has also danced with Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble, Philadanco, Movement Source, Inc., and Group Motion Dance Company. Mr. Barnes spent eight years with Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company, where he received the 2003 New York Dance and Performance Award (Bessie Award). He currently serves on the faculty at the Harkness Dance Center/92 Street Y and is the Artistic Director of a multi-media organization, VE (Viewsic Expressions, based in Brooklyn. Television and photographic credits include D-Man in the Waters, created by Bill T. Jones which aired on PBS in 2001, Howard Schatz’s book Passion and Lines, celebrating Dancers in America, and Phaidon by French photographer Stephane Sednaoui.

Kevin Michael Gaudin, dancer/actor, is from New Orleans. He studied voice at the University of New Orleans, North Western University, and at The Nat Horne School in NYC. His dancing career started with the New Orleans Contemporary Dance Company. He also danced with Eleo Pomare, Rod Rogers Dance Company, Ballet Hispanico and the celebrated choreographers Dianne McIntyre, Bobby Longbottom, and Michael Peters. In commercial theatre Mr. Gaudin performed in Harlem after Dark by Oscar Brown Jr., and appeared with artists such as Miriam Makeba, Roscoe Lee Brown, Sweet Honey in the Rock, and Odetta at such arenas as Las Vegas and Atlantic City. Other credits include Their Eyes Were Watching God, Love Poem to God and Blues Rooms, The Christmas Show and The Easter Show, the Radio City Music Hall Production, The Blues Man, and the Broadway Production of Swing. Mr. Gaudin wishes to dedicate this performance to the dancing spirit in everyone’s soul.

Martin Lofsnes received his dance training in Norway (Kirsti Skullerud and Øyvind Jørgensen), at the London Contemporary Dance School (Ronald Emblen and Clover Roope), and in New York at the Alvin Ailey School and the Graham School. Mr Lofsnes joined the Graham Company in 1993. He has also performed in Matthew Bourne/AMP's Broadway production of Swan Lake and has worked with Maurice Béjart, Pearl Lang, Richard Move/ Martha @, Errol Grimes, Labyrinth Dance Theater and Dankmeyer Dance. Mr Lofsnes has presented his own work both in Europe and New York and is working on a collection of poetry. He has taught extensively in Europe and the US including at SUNY Purchase, Marymount Manhattan College, and the State College of Dance (Oslo, Norway) and is on the faculties of the Ailey School and the Graham School.

Sadira Smith trained in dance at the Fukuoka Kanako Ballet Studio and with Eiko Rikihisa in Kyushu, Japan. She is a Jacobs Pillow Scholar and has danced with the Paris Opera Ballet, Buglisi/Foreman Dance, the Metropolitan Opera Ballet, and Shen Wei Dance Arts, as well as the Martha Graham Ensemble. Ms Smith holds a BA in East Asian studies and a black belt in Aikido.

 

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