FROM THE HORSE’S MOUTH
May 30 thru June 1- Michael Schimmel Center for the Arts/Pace University
Friday, May 30 @ 7:30pm
Jacques D’Amboise, Arthur Mitchell, Charles Askegard, Martine van Hamel, Gus Solomons jr, Carmen de Lavallade, Xiomara Reyes, Marge Champion and More
Gala Proceeds to Include the Frederic Franklin Scholarship Fund at
The Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis (JKO) School at American Ballet Theatre
THE MEN DANCERS: FROM THE HORSE’S MOUTH
Saturday May 31 and Sunday June 1 @ 7:30pm
All Male Tribute to Frederic Franklin
After collaborations in 2012 and 2013 with an all-male cast, Tina Croll and Jamie Cunningham’s The Men Dancers: From the Horse’s Mouth will return to New York with a new cast May 30 through June 1 in honor of ballet great Frederic Franklin (1914-2013) for what would have been his centenary year.
This one-of-a-kind dance/theater event will include a Gala performance of THE MEN DANCERS PLUS! on Friday, May 30 at 7:30pm, that will feature a male and female cast. Performances on Saturday May 31 and Sunday June 1 at 7:30pm will feature THE MEN DANCERS: FROM THE HORSE’S MOUTH.
Bill Ausman, Franklin’s partner for many years, is honored to be participating in this meaningful tribute. “Freddie was a beacon, he had an impact on so many … its exciting to see so many dancers and friends appear in Horse’s Mouth to celebrate and remember him in what would have been his 100th year,” Said Mr. Ausman.
Rare film footage, videos and multimedia will combine with From the Horse’s Mouth unique blend of movement and storytelling to bring “Freddie” vividly to life. Through the sharing of personal experiences by dancers, actors, and critics, an insightful portrait of the charismatic and much-loved Fredric Franklin will emerge. The intimate From the Horse’s Mouth format provides the ideal vehicle in which to celebrate Frederic Franklin’s extraordinary legacy.
Horse’s Mouth GALA Cast to include Jacques D’Amboise, Arthur Mitchell, Martine van Hamel, Marge Champion, Carmen de Lavallade, Xiomara Reyes, Jack Anderson, Bill Ausman, Arthur Aviles, John Canemaker, George Dorris, Hari Krishnan, Norton Owen, Nancy Reynolds, Gus Solomons jr, and more.
Reflecting on Franklin’s legacy for Dance Magazine, ABT dancer Sascha Radetsky wrote: “Freddie was a rare artist and a bona-fide dance pioneer.” Jamie Cunningham, co-founder of From the Horse’s Mouth, said he and Tina Croll were both very grateful to spend a long afternoon with Freddie toward the end of his life. “At 99, he was as lively as ever,” said Mr. Cunningham. “One story he told in particular stayed with me – when he danced Stanley Kowalski in the ballet of ‘Streetcar Named Desire,’ Marlon Brando came back stage and said to Freddie ‘If I could do with words what you’re doing with movement, I’d be a better Stanley.’ That was the kind of artist he was.”
Michael Schimmel Theater, 3 Spruce Street
2/3 OR A/C TO FULTON STREET or R TO CITY HALL – exit subway and walk South on Park Place, turn left onto Park Row, follow Park Row north up the side of City Hall Park to Spruce Street, turn right on Spruce. Walk east on Spruce, past Williams. Theater entrance is approx. 1/3 of the way down the block on the left.
J/Z TO FULTON STREET– exit subway and walk north on Nassau Street, past Ann St and Beekman St, turn right on Spruce. Walk east on Spruce, past Nassau. Theater entrance is approx. 1/3 of the way down the block on the left.
4/5/6 TO BROOKLYN BRIDGE/CITY HALL– exit subway and walk south on Park Row, along the side of City Hall Park, turn left onto Spruce Street. Walk east on Spruce, past Nassau. Theater entrance is approx. 1/3 of the way down the block on the left.