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Lippy at Abrons Arts Center: ★★★★★

October 21, 2014 | Exeunt Magazine
A horrifically painful group suicide is an unseemly, even grotesque, context for an exercise in basic linguistics. Or, it would be in the hands of anyone other than Dead Centre, the consummately inventive Irish company that put Marcel Proust on a treadmill in last year’s acclaimed Souvenir. Bush Moukarzel, who wrote and...

Review: Lippy

October 20, 2014 |
Fourteen years ago in Ireland, an aunt and three nieces locked themselves in their home and began a forty day hunger strike that ended in all of their deaths. While some say it was a political action, others suspect they did it for puritanical religious reasons; in reality, nothing is known about their motives. As Lippy is quick...

The Dead Speak but Don’t Explain: ‘Lippy,’ a Chilly Play From Ireland's Dead Centre

October 20, 2014 | The New York Times
Oh, for the comfort of a corpse that yields its secrets. That’s the premise and promise behind many a television crime series, in which forensic science quantifies irrational human savagery into rational codes that seem as readable as ABC (or N.C.I.S., or S.V.U.). Nary a scrap of alphabetical reassurance is on offer in “Lippy,” a very smart, very chilly play out of Ireland centered on...

Lippy Review

October 19, 2014 | Time Out New York
The Irish company Dead Centre visits NYC with its award-winning 2013 drama, which imagines the story behind the real-life case of a woman and her three nieces who starved themselves to death inside a boarded-up home. Troupe cofounders Ben Kidd and Bush Moukarzel direct, and fellow cofounder Adam Welsh designs the sound. For its latest devised piece...

A Detour While the Rockettes Waited: Mark Dendy’s ‘Labryinth,’ a Take on the Theseus Myth

October 18, 2014 | The New York Times
What’s in the center of Mark Dendy’s “Labyrinth”? Maybe it’s the man dressed as a mechanical bull. Maybe it’s the “dea ex machina” in the see-through raincoat? Maybe it’s Mr. Dendy himself, sorting through decades of anxiety and injury. Mr. Dendy, 53, a Broadway choreographer who also creates and performs original work, structures this autobiographical piece around the myth of Theseus. This Theseus, played by Mr. Dendy, is on his way...

Best Spot to Discover Mind-Altering New Performance Art New York 2014 - Abrons Arts Center

October 15, 2014 | The Village Voice
With a crackle of creative energy palpable every time you enter the odd building, Abrons Arts isn't just on Manhattan's geographical fringe — it anchors a Lower East Side community and cuts an edge in the performing arts.

‘Avant-Garde Weirdness’ in an Irish Accent: Dead Centre of Dublin Brings ‘Lippy’ to New York

October 9, 2014 | The New York Times
“Lippy,” an avant-garde theater piece created by the inventive Dublin company Dead Centre, comes to New York this week following award-winning stops at the Dublin Fringe Festival in 2013 and at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe this year. The catalyst for the show is the true tale of four women in Leixlip, in County Kildare, Ireland, who...

Arts Watch: Talking With Mark Dendy, Prepping to Premiere “Labyrinth” at Abrons

October 9, 2014 | The Lo-Down
[Mark Dendy] has created dances for prominent ballet companies and recently he premiered an epic, site-specific piece for 80 dancers for Lincoln Center Out of Doors. Tonight, Mark is premiering his newest work, “Labyrinth,” at Abrons Arts Center. A full-length, autobiographically inspired dance play based on the Greek hero Theseus. I spoke with Mark about the piece in between rehearsals earlier this week. Labyrinth mixes...

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