Dates Available for Touring
Contact Pentacle for Spring 2019 date availability.
Performers: 2 dancers
Production Staff: 1
Repertory Available 2018/19
Running Time: Approx 60 minutes
Featuring Music by: Weird Together, Marvin Hamlisch, Fanfare Ciocarlia, Bob Merrill, Bill Conti, Depeche Mode, Nina Simone, Richard Rogers, Pat Benatar, Sati, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Charles Fox, and Prince.
Longtime collaborators Larry Keigwin and Nicole Wolcott take audience members on a zany trip brimming with playfulness and anxiety from life behind-the-scenes. Set backstage during the final moments before the curtain rises, this cabaret-style performance features a dance fanatic’s dream music score, from Broadway classics to contemporary classical music to ‘80s pop hits. The result is a buzz-worthy cocktail of biting satire, quick-witted physical comedy and gentle moments of deep pathos – celebrating the duo’s exuberant and dynamic relationship that served as KEIGWIN +COMPANY’s foundation during its formative years.
Music: Maurice Ravel
Inspired by Maurice Ravel’s iconic score, Bolero incorporates a cast of 50-75 community members and dancers into a tableau of a specific region, examining and deconstructing local traits and stereotypes. Bolero is the centerpiece of K+C’s community outreach efforts and a collaborative process allows participants to reflect on their lifestyles and capture the uniqueness of each locale. Bolero has been done in 13 communities across the country including Santa Barbara, New York, Chicago, Palo Alto, Akron, Norfolk, and Denver, among others.
Inspired by Maurice Ravel’s score, Bolero is the centerpiece of K+Cs community outreach efforts. This two-week residency project incorporates a cast of 50-75 community members in a 15-minute original dance piece.
Let’s Make a Dance Community Workshop
Aimed at community members/non-dancers, this workshop guides participants through a choreographic process with Keigwin and his dancers using games and guided improvisation to enable individuals to discover their own creativity and physicality and transform themselves into performers. The goal for Let’s Make a Dance is to harness the group’s collective enthusiasm for dance through a combination of movement and imagination.
Classes are offered in modern dance technique, repertory or composition for intermediate/advanced dancers. Classes combine the athleticism and virtuosity of Artistic Director Larry Keigwin’s work. With a sense of play, students are encouraged to discover authentic movement while fine tuning technique. All company members are highly skilled teachers.
Pre- and post-show discussions are available upon advance request.
About the Company
Founded in 2003 by artistic director Larry Keigwin, KEIGWIN + COMPANY creates and presents Keigwin’s electrifying brand of contemporary dance. KEIGWIN + COMPANY reaches national and international audiences and invigorates diverse communities with dance that embodies a theatrical sensibility of wit, style, and heart. Its education and community projects seek to physically engage audiences and aspiring dancers in movement and the choreographic process. Since KEIGWIN + COMPANY’s premiere performance at Joyce Soho in 2003, Keigwin has created 35 dances, including the acclaimed large-scale community project Bolero, which has been commissioned in 12 communities nationwide; Runaway (2008), a fashion-inspired choreographic ride, and Canvas (2013). Over the past decade, KEIGWIN + COMPANY has presented performances at venues including the Kennedy Center, Summerdance Santa Barbara, New York City Center, the Joyce Theater, American Dance Festival, the Bates Dance Festival, the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, Spain, and others. Most recently the company was invited by DanceMotion USA to travel and perform in Africa and performed in Côte d’Ivoire, Ethiopia, and Tunisia from February – March 2017.
KEIGWIN + COMPANY is committed to engaging individuals in movement and the creative process through community-based work and outreach, as well as education programs for aspiring dancers. KEIGWIN + COMPANY invites community members with little to no dance experience into the creative process. The company’s Let’s Make a Dance workshop, based on artistic director Larry Keigwin’s collaborative style, guides participants of all ages, levels, and demographics through a choreographic process using games and guided improvisation. In the company’s education programs for young dancers, individuals are encouraged to to discover their own creativity and authentic movement while fine-tuning technique under the guidance of the company’s highly skilled teachers.
Larry Keigwin, Artistic Director and Choreographer
Larry Keigwin is a native New Yorker and choreographer who has danced his way from the Metropolitan Opera to downtown clubs to Broadway and back. Since he founded KEIGWIN + COMPANY in 2003, he has created dozens of dances for his company, as well as for Paul Taylor’s American Modern Dance, New York Choreographic Institute, The Juilliard School, Vail International Dance Festival, and many other organizations. Keigwin’s work in musical theater includes choreography for the off-Broadway production of Rent (2011 Callaway Award), and the Broadway musical If/Then (2013) starring Idina Menzel. As a dancer, Keigwin has appeared at the Metropolitan Opera in Doug Varone’s Le Sacre du Printemps and Julie Taymor’s The Magic Flute, in addition to his work with Mark Dendy (earning a 1998 Bessie award for his performance in Dream Analysis), Jane Comfort, John Jasperse, Doug Elkins, Zvi Gotheiner, and David Rousseve. He appeared on Broadway in Dance of the Vampires, and off-Broadway in The Wild Party. He also danced in Julie Taymor’s Oscar-nominated film Across the Universe. Keigwin is co-founder of the Green Box Arts Festival in Colorado, a multi-disciplinary festival designed to increase cultural opportunities in the region as well as provide creative residencies to young and emerging choreographers.
Nicole Wolcott, Choreographer
A Brooklyn based artist, Wolcott was called “One of today’s finest dance comedians and a knockout dancer,” by The New York Times. Wolcott has enjoyed a long career with dance companies, rock bands and video artists around the country and been the subject of a feature article in DANCE TEACHER magazine. After creating their signature work, Straight Duet, together in 2002, Keigwin and Wolcott co-founded KEIGWIN + COMPANY the following year. She was the Associate Artistic Director and a featured dancer until 2013. Wolcott’s own choreography has been performed in New York City at a range of venues from The Joyce Theater to CBGB’s.