The Thelma Hill Performing Arts Center (THPAC) will kick off their 40th Anniversary season with its works-in-progress showcase entitled PEEKS on Tuesday, May 24, 8pm at the Faison Firehouse Theatre (6 Hancock Place). THPAC offers choreographers an opportunity to present dance works in varying degrees of development in front of a live audience. An audience talkback, which provides constructive feedback for both dancers and dance makers follows the showing. Choreographers Marshall Swiney and Walter Rutledge will presents works at this PEEKS showcase.
Swiney will present The King Project based on three Dr. Martin Luther King sermons (Letter From A Birmingham Jail, I have a Dream and Mountain Top). Hampton, Virginia based dance company Riddick Dance will perform the all male dance theatre work. The work was originally inspired in 2013 by the 50th anniversary of the historic March On Washington and the I Had A Dream speech.
In contrast Rutledge’s For Ladies Only features six dancers from the Philadelphia based all female Dance4Nia. The work is a fun tribute to the girl groups of the 1950’s and 60’s with music from Supremes, Aretha Franklin, Pattie LaBelle and the Bluebells, Shirley Ellis, and Ruth Brown. Both works will be presented in the 2016 season in the upcoming THPAC season June 19 through 22 at The Actor Fund Center in Brooklyn..
The Faison Firehouse Theatre is located at 6 Hancock Place (124th Street between St. Nicholas Avenue and Morningside Avenue) in the village of Harlem. Doors open at 7pm. The performance is free to the public.