Lucky Plush Double Feature:The Better Half / Cinderbox 2.0

Lucky Plush Double Feature:The Better Half / Cinderbox 2.0


Lucky Plush Productions will present two evening-length works in repertory:Cinderbox 2.0 (premiere) and The Better Half (2011).

Enjoy our Double Feature! See both Lucky Plush shows in repertory with dinner,drinks and discussion with the artist between shows.

The Better Half is a dance-theater spin on the psychological thriller Gaslight, cocreated by Julia Rhoads and theater director Leslie Danzig. Launching from this classic film, layers of and reality accumulate, revealing the elusive boundaries between life versus borrowed plotlines. Ultimately a new narrative emerges,capturing the habitual patterns, escapist tendencies, and resilience in contemporary relationships through a complex mix of dance and theater languages. The Better Half features music by Mikhail Fiksel, lighting design by Heather Gilbert, and video design by John Boesche.

In Cinderbox 2.0, LPP's Artistic Director Julia Rhoads revisits the distinctive world of Cinderbox 18 (2007, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago) with new material. A playful and surreal take on media's voyeuristic approach to "reality," Cinderbox 2.0 blurs the distinctions between observer and observed, personal and presentational, scripted and off-the-cuff, and spirals into a dark comedy that is oddly familiar and wonderfully surprising. Original music by Michael Caskey, video design by John Boesche, and lighting design by Kevin Rechner.

Led by founder and Artistic Director Julia Rhoads, Lucky Plush Productions (LPP) is committed to provoking and supporting an immediacy of presence – a palpable liveness – shared by performers in real-time with its audiences. LPP is equally dedicated to creating work that is richly and uncompromisingly complex while also being accessible to broad audiences. Critics and audiences alike recognize LPP for its playful interactions, surprising humor and incisive commentary on contemporary culture. Lucky Plush has premiered over 25 original works including site-specific works, dance films, and 10 evening-length productions. Recent presentations include Spoleto Festival/USA (SC), World Music/CRASHArts at ICA/Boston (MA), DANCECleveland (OH), Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center (MD), Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, College of St. Benedict & St. John's University (MN), Hancher Auditorium (IA), Dance Center of Columbia College Chicago, Joyce SoHo (NY), and Spring to Dance (MO), among others, as well as an international exchange with the Dance & Physical Theatre Trust of New Zealand and New Zealand Dance Company. Rhoads is the recipient of the 2013 Alpert Award in Dance, and has received fellowships from Maggie Allesee National Center for Choreography, Chicago Dancemakers Forum, Cliff Dwellers Foundation, Illinois Arts Council, and the Jacob K Javits Foundation, and she was named one of Dance Magazine’s “25 to Watch” in 2010.


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