Jerome Robbins Award–winning choreographic artist and filmmaker, Stefanie Batten Bland makes her Crossing the Line Festival debut with the world premiere of Look Who’s Coming to Dinner. Inspired by the 1967 Stanley Kramer film starring Sydney Poitier, Katherine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy, the work pays tribute to those who paved the way toward acceptance in love and life. Set around a transformative dinner setting, seven dance-theatre artists explore access and ritual as they seek a seat at the table. The choreography is set to a new composition by Paul Damien Hogan. Originally developed as a work-in-progress for Juilliard New Dances 2018.
Choreography, Installation and Direction by Stefanie Batten Bland
Music by Paul Damian Hogan
Costumes by Shane Ballard
Lighting Design by Clifton Taylor
Stage Manager: Emma Rivera
Lighting Adaptation by Yuki Nakase Link
Supported by and developed at Crojik’s Croft artist residency in Michigan and Juilliard School of Dance.
Performance Project University Settlement with special thanks to Jerome Robbins Foundation.
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“More than 50 years later, this choreographer still sees relevance in Stanley Kramer’s classic 1967 film”