Bankrupt City Ballad is a unique, collaborative dance-theater piece
created by ARENA Dances in conjunction with Peter Rothstein, Artistic Director
of the musical theater company Theater Latte Da. Together, Rothstein
and ARENA investigate the historical phenomenon of dance marathons,
which became a popular form of entertainment in Depression-era America.
The piece juxtaposes the desperation of poverty with the gaiety and
spectacle of musical theater in the 1930s and 1940s. Bankrupt City
Ballad investigates the fantasy world of entertainment, demonstrating
how it functioned as an escape from the reality of people’s lives in
troubled economic times.
The entire ensemble flows with dramatic lines, grace and intimacy that
is at once energetic and tender….In execution, it feels fresh
throughout; in imagery, it is at times mesmerizing. Graydon Royce, “Bankrupt City Ballad” review, September 18, 2005 in the Star Tribune.
The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant
Beyond the Owing
War With The Newts
Goodnight Desdemona (Good Morning, Juliet)
The Savage Joy of Breaking Things
The Closer I Get the Less I Believe It
Bankrupt City Ballad
Instead of allowing some thing to rise up to your face dancing bruce and dan and other things