PHOTO CALL: Marcelo Gomes, Complexions, Ailey II, Sara Mearns and More Heat Up the 20th Anniversary Fire Island Dance Festival

News   PHOTO CALL: Marcelo Gomes, Complexions, Ailey II, Sara Mearns and More Heat Up the 20th Anniversary Fire Island Dance Festival
 
Tony Award winner Jerry Mitchell and If/Then choreographer Larry Keigwin co-hosted the 20th Anniversary Fire Island Dance Festival, which runs July 18-20 in the Pines. New works by Josh Bergasse, Nick Kenkel and the Broadway-aimed Standard Time were among the pieces offered.

Produced by and benefiting Dancers Responding to AIDS, a program of Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, the annual event has raised over $3.3 million. 

Mitchell (Broadway Bares, Kinky Boots, Hairspray, Legally Blonde) and Keigwin co-hosted the event that promised a mix of Broadway, ballet, Hawaiian and modern dance.

Standard Time was offered July 18. Presented by Mark Stuart Dance Theatre, the work is billed as a Broadway-bound dance musical that features "hits from the 1930s, 1960s and 2000s performed by 14 dancers, four vocalists and a six-piece band." It is characterized as a "celebration of love's power to defy social barriers."

Also planned were performances from Ailey II ("Wade in the Water" from Revelations); BalletCollective (a new work choreographed by Troy Schumacher); Kristine Bendul, David Elder and Ryan Worsing ("In the Garden" from Broadway Bares by the late Arte Phillips); Complexions Contemporary Ballet (a piece choreographed by Marcelo Gomes with an original score by Ian Ng); Marcelo Gomes (performing from Romeo and Juliet with Luciana Paris); Nick Kenkel (premiering an energetic, Afropop-infused group number); Sara Mearns (in a new work created Josh Bergasse); MOMIX ("Man Fan," a male solo using a 22-foot-tall fan in a duet with the wind); Nā Lei Hulu I Ka Wēkiu (sharing the cultural richness of Hawaii through hula dance); and Desmond Richardson (performing "Moonlight").

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