From Sydney, NSW

SYNCOPATION

by Allan Knee

A Critical Stages and The Follies Company Production

 Previous Season:  2010 Chapel off Chapel, Melbourne
 Genre:  Theatre with dance
 Duration:  135 minutes
 Suits:  Proscenium Arch, Black Box
 Minimum Stage:  10m x 8m x 5m
 Touring:  2012


SYNCOPATION is a smash-hit fusion of comedy, drama, romance and ballroom dancing set in the exciting, electric rush of New York City in 1912.

Henry Ribolow is a Jewish meatpacker crazy with a dream of becoming a ballroom dancer, and desperate for a dance partner. Anna Bianchi, an Italian Catholic seamstress, is unsatisfied with her life until she spots a curious ad in the paper: “Give your life a lift. Wanted: A Dance Partner to dance for royalty.”

From the moment Anna summons up the courage to answer the ad, sparks fly. As Anna and Henry take their first steps together they embark on a journey that will transform their lives.

They dance, urged on by the jazzy rhythms and haunting melodies of Gershwin, Joplin and Berlin. The beautiful story of Henry and Anna takes flight, soaring in amazing ballroom routines choreographed by Dancing with the Stars c horeographer/dancer M ark Hodg e and under the direction of Broadway’s Tony Award-nominated Stephen Lloyd Helper.

“A COMPELLING STORY THAT PROMENADES, FOXTROTS AND TANGOS TO LIFE” - The Age

“This is a play with dance. What a play and what a dance! I shall go again - you should go at least once!” - 3MBS FM

“An enjoyable piece - I haven’t seen a better judged performance this year.” - Herald Sun

“Original, invigorating and wondrous, SYNCOPATION will sweep you into its magic and leave you dancing on air!” - theatrepeople.com

CAST INCLUDES: Emma Palmer

DIRECTOR Stephen Lloyd Helper ( Fiddler on the Roof, Smokey Joe’s Café )

CHOREOGRAPHER Mark Hodge ( Dancing with the Stars, Moulin Rouge )

DESIGNER Adrienne Chisolm

SOUND DESIGNER Darrin Verhagen Syncopation is touring to 43 venues across New South Wales, Victoria, Western Australia, South Australia, Queensland, Tasmania and the Northern Territory.

 

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