Tuesday, August 21, 2012

André & Dorine in NYC from September 13 through 16, 2012

Spain Culture New York-Consulate General of Spain,
the Marjorie S. Deane Little Theater 
at the West Side YMCA 
and Kulunka Teatro present
André & Dorine
September 13 through 16, 2012 at
The Marjorie S. Deane Little Theater 
at the West Side YMCA
André & Dorine, a poignant depiction of love and aging disrupted by Alzheimer's disease, is coming to the stage of The Marjorie S. Deane Little Theater at the West Side YMCA, 10 West 64th Street (at Central Park West), NYC, from September 13 - 16, 2012.  Performances:Thursday and Friday at 8pm, Saturday at 2pm and 8pm, Sunday at 7pm. Tickets are available online at www.theatermania.com or via phone at 866-811-4111.

Performed by Spain's critically acclaimed Kulunka Theatre Company, it tells the story of an elderly couple - André with his typewriter, Dorine with her cello - and how they relive and reinvent their love together as Alzheimer's becomes a permanent part of their relationship. Tickets are $28-$25, $20-$17 for seniors/students, and discounted tickets are available for YMCA members and groups.  For group sales contact Danabelle Denis at 212-912-2635.

A part of the Performing Arts of Spain Series, the production received outstanding critical reviews in Europe, Asia and South America. It is presented by Spain Culture New York-Consulate General of Spain, in partnership with the Marjorie S. Deane Little Theater at the West Side YMCA.

"In our goal of creating a show without boundaries, our desire is to find a language that transcends the word. A language that thrills and entertains," said Garbiñe Insausti, a member of the company. "To achieve this, we rely primarily on a theatre of gestures, in which masks act as a bridge to another world of a poetic visual [experience]. Our masks, of deep features, so expressive, so full of life, open the doors of imagination and bring us to a universe in which everything is possible."

Three actors portray more than 15 different characters through the play, whose story is told through gesture and movement, with no spoken dialogue. The story revolves around André, turning to his typewriter to relive and remember his life with Dorine as her mind slips away - remembering who they were in order to not forget who they are now. 

Kulunka Teatro has created a piece of thoroughly contemporary and committed mask theatre that transcends language barriers. With no words, uplifting and thought provoking, it explores important themes of love and aging with warmth and humor.

In bringing this production to New York, Spain Culture New York and the Marjorie S. Deane Little Theater at the West Side YMCA are opening a door to the best in new theatre arts coming from Europe. The audience will be exposed to a new contemporary piece of theater that uses the classic art forms of movement and gesture, and characters are highlighted by expressive facial masks.

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