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In Performance – Boom! Collective: City April 27, 2012 – April 28, 2012 @ 8 pm (NYC)

April 27, 2012 – April 28, 2012 @ 8 pm
Abrons Arts Center
466 Grand Street (at Pitt Street)
New York, NY

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.

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 byKata 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.

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Caden Manson is a director, media artist, and teacher. He is co-founder of the media ensemble and network, blog, and publisher, He has co-created, directed, video- and set designed 18 Big Art Group productions. Manson has shown video installations in Austria, Germany, NYC, and Portland; performed PAIN KILLER in Berlin, Singapore and Vietnam; Taught in Berlin, Rome, Paris, Montreal, NYC, and Bern; the ensemble has been co-produced by the Vienna Festival, Festival d’Automne a Paris, Hebbel Am Ufer, Rome’s La Vie de Festival, PS122, and Wexner Center for The Arts. Caden is a 2001 Foundation For Contemporary Art Fellow, is a 2002 Pew Fellow and a 2011 MacDowell Fellow. Writing has been published in PAJ, Theater Magazine, and Theater der Zeit. Caden is currently an associate professor and graduate directing option coordinator of The John Wells Directing Program at Carnegie Mellon University’s School of Drama.

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