"CHASING PAPER"
5TH WALL STUDIO, 160 N. 4TH STREET, BROOKLYN
Tickets: Smarttix, 212-868-4444, www.smarttix.com

Opening postponed - was originally announced for September 20.
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5th Wall Studio offers an entirely new dance theater experience with "Chasing Paper," which tells of a man's journey into his own imagination using breath-taking acrobatics, whimsical immersive imagery, water, aerial dance and flight. With only 36 seats for each performance, each viewer is transported into an individual dreamscape, awakening inner magic with a tale of love.

Co-created, co-choreographed and co-directed by Gwyneth Larsen and William Mulholland, the piece is adapted from their 2013 production, "Breaking Surface," which AiRealistic, their prior company, presented at Theater for the New City. Reviewing that production, Jack Anderson (NY Theatre Wire) wrote that it "defied expectations not only of how the law of gravity is supposed to operate, but also of what theatrical combinations of dance and acrobatics look like.” Julia Kennedy wrote in Broadway World Dance, "Breaking Surface has gone where few other dance performances dare to go. It was a thrilling multi-faceted performance of incredible skill and poetic beauty....The cast’s physical feats, while suspended on delicate harnesses or gliding across the water logged stage, displayed their sheer technical aptitude. The audience was mystified by the quality of the performers, as well as their ability to create a fully immersive and passionate experience."

"Chasing Paper" ushers the audience into the world of a man (William Mulholland) whose imagination is so active that his ideas can't physically stay on the pages of his book.  A muse (Gwyneth Larsen) enamored with possibility leads him to a watery adventure that builds on that moment of agony– or delight– when we have committed ourselves to the unknown but have yet to take the first step. The muse and the man explore the nature of love relationships as one of two complex worlds coming together. He dances with a weighted chair and the pages of his book flicker and drift away, to be reborn as a fleet of miniature paper boats. This flotilla consolidates into a single vessel that disgorges the entire cast in a shipwreck, whereupon the man discovers a new world where gravity has been overthrown. Throughout, the exploration of movement is deeply linked with the idea that man's imagination cannot be physically explained on the ground. It peeks into a playful world of childhood fantasy, where human bodies defy gravitational laws. Three women wake slowly to explore the boundaries of flight: whirling, spinning and drumming the water in a ferocious, sensual dance. The evening culminates in a "group fly," a playful, sensual, flighted dance. Water sounds are the principal soundscape of the piece, with amplifiers distorting and magnifying the sound of water falling from the bodies of the performers. There is also instrumental music by Trevor Exter, John Morgan Kimock and John E Oyzon.

Websites and video:
www.BreakingSurfaceShow.com
www.5thWallStudio.com
Video: https://vimeo.com/101401749
Photos: https://photos.app.goo.gl/iLcTDnuHTjqTe9aZ8

Reviews of previous work by these artists:
"Breaking Surface" (2013)

“The cast’s physical feats, while suspended on delicate harnesses or gliding across the water logged stage, displayed their sheer technical aptitude. The audience was mystified by the quality of the performers, as well as their ability to create a fully immersive and passionate experience....'Breaking Surface' has gone where few other dance performances dare to go. It was a thrilling multi-faceted performance of incredible skill and poetic beauty....the grace, power, and acrobatic skill of the dance ensemble created a highly saturated scene as they seamlessly moved through moments of tension, fantasies of flight, and tales of adventure and sensuality.”
--Broadway World, Julia Kennedy. (https://www.broadwayworld.com/bwwdance//article/BWW-Reviews-BREAKING-SURFACE-Sparks-a-New-Wave-of-Dance-20130325)

“...defied expectations not only of how the law of gravity is supposed to operate, but also of what theatrical combinations of dance and acrobatics look like.”
--NY Theatre Wire, Jack Anderson. (http://www.nytheatre-wire.com/ja13032t.htm)