Winner of the 2010 Rudolf Laban Award, the Budapest and London-based dance ensemble BLOOM! Collective makes its eagerly anticipated U.S. debut with CITY, a sharp-witted, fearless work that grapples with power, discrimination, and the pressures of political conformity. CITY will premiere at the Abrons Arts Center, in the Lower East Side, on Friday, April 28 with a second preformance Saturday, April 29.
Founded in 2009, BLOOM! draws on the diverse cultural and artistic backgrounds of its members to build thought-provoking, collaborative performance pieces. Conceived as a "political pamphlet entwined with movement," CITY explores themes of manipulation, fear, faith and the consequences of social pressures.
Noted for their straightforward approach, CITY was created and is performed by Viktória Dányi, Csaba Molnár, Tímea Sebestyén, Moreno Solinas, and Igor Urzelai. Sound design is by Alberto Ruiz Soler. Lighting is by Kata Dézsi. Costumes and set design are by David J. Harris.
Following the New York premiere, BLOOM! will perform CITY in Philadelphia (May 3-4), presented by Thirdbird at Arts Bank, and in Pittsburgh (May 10-13) at the Kelly-Strayhorn Theater, as part of the fourth annual newMoves Contemporary Dance Festival.
CITY received an artistic residency at Prix Jardin D’Europe, and was selected to tour through Aerowaves 2010–2011. BLOOM! is supported by the Culture Programme of the European Union, Jardin d’Europe, Workshop Foundation, National Cultural Fund of Hungary, Florian Workshop – Moving House Foundation, Association of Independent Theatres, New Performing Arts Foundation, and SÍN Culture Center.
BLOOM! is preforming at the Abrons Arts Center at 8 p.m. on Friday, April 27 and Saturday, April 28. To purchase tickets for either show, please visit the Abrons Arts Center website.