Musical Theater/DANCE –STEPS BEYOND FOUNDATION PRESENTS BENEFIT PERFORMANCE OF “CALL FOSSE AT THE MINSKOFF” *NYC 12/3/16
While wonderful “New York” stories still happen today, can you imagine getting a hand written letter from Gwen Verdon upon leaving the theater from your evening performance that reads ” Call Fosse at the Minksoff”? Some of us are lucky enough to have a moment or an opportunity that changes the shapes of our careers. That moment for dancer Mimi Quillin was in that note and the time that followed. A one woman show, which originally premiered with three sold out performances in September as part of the United Solo Festival, returns this December to benefit the Steps on Broadway Foundation
STEPS BEYOND FOUNDATION PRESENTS BENEFIT PERFORMANCE OF
“CALL FOSSE AT THE MINSKOFF”
The Steps Beyond Foundation, Steps on Broadway’s non-profit arm committed to connecting artists and the community through dialogue, performance, and artistic collaboration, will present a benefit performance of “Call Fosse at the Minskoff” on December 3 at 8:00pm. The one-woman play, written and performed by Mimi Quillin, will be for one night only in the Steps Studio Theater.
In 1985, when Bob Fosse and Gwen Verdon presented a revival of Fosse’s 1966 Sweet Charity, dancer Mimi Quillin was invited into their magical and creative world to assist in its production. While dancing with the original American Dance Machine, Verdon handed Quillin a piece of paper backstage which read “Call Fosse at the Minskoff with his phone number.” Verdon also gave her strict instructions on what to wear for her private audition with Bob.
A one-woman show with an honest account of a professional relationship, Quillin shares the highs and lows of Fosse’s final years, reveals his fickle nature both on and off stage, and gives us an inside look into the unique relationship of this fascinating couple. This intimate story, filled with comedy and one-liners as if Quillin is channeling Verdon, also follows Quillin’s self-discovery and recognition of her power as a woman in the dance world.
Dancing for Fosse is a roller coaster ride for both body and soul. His choreography requires physical discipline and complete surrender to his signature style. Fosse directs his dancers like actors, telling them to think of the steps in a dance like the words in a script…dance the meaning of the steps. Quillin says Bob would tell me “don’t try to be real…just tell the truth”.
This work is a letter to a younger self, consumed with admiration for an idol, and the experience of joining a duo that together became a powerful vehicle for creating a specific style of movement that is taught, performed and revered today.
Call Fosse at the Minskoff premiered in September 2016 as part of the United Solo Festival in New York City.
SCHEDULE and PERFORMANCE INFORMATION
This performance, to benefit the Steps Beyond Foundation, will take place on Saturday, December 3 at 8:00 p.m.
Benefit tickets are $50, which includes reserved seating and a post-performance reception.
General admission tickets are available for $20, student tickets for $15.
Steps on Broadway is located at 2121 Broadway at 74th Street, and is accessible by the 1,2, and 3 trains.
ABOUT THE STEPS BEYOND FOUNDATION
The Steps Beyond Foundation is dedicated to developing and sustaining dance artists and to the cultivation of the dance community. Specifically, the Foundation is committed to supporting excellence in the field by providing collaborative opportunities among established and emerging artists through community engagement, dance scholarships, performance and special events.
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