Opening night, October 27, 2012 of Lucent Dossier at the new Liberty Theater in New York City was a flawless, wonderful, interactive experience. “Encounter” is the perfect name for this performance art installment as parts of it actually involve the audience. The performance offers many opportunities for the audience to participate with the troupe.
The Liberty Theater has been turned into a unique venue. It is part night club, part theater. It retains some of the grace and elegance of the theaters past. Beautiful moldings frame the traditional theater box seats on either side of what was previously the stage proscenium. The stage area has been turned into a table seating area and the general admission area appears to have formerly been the orchestra pit. The seating area, also known as “orchestra” in the theater world, is also a table area and both balconies are general seating. It is a very interesting set-up.
The layout completely lends itself to Lucent Dossier’s show. One moment stilt walker, Maggie Lally, performs in the upper seating area. Dangerously close to the railing she amazes patrons below while causing them to gasp at the danger element. A purely Lucent vaudevillian vignette is performed in the four theater boxes stage-right, followed by dancers on the main floor mingling through the crowd. Spotlight aerial pieces by the troupe’s founder, Dream Rockwell and Alicia Schultze, included stunningly choreographed acrobatics on silk scarves that are woven in and around the body to create graceful moves which tell a beautiful story. Later in the evening Alicia ascended in a lotus flower shaped cage which was raised to the level of the first balcony for another beautiful number involving elements of the flower. The lotus flower was envisioned by Ms. Rockwell. Saturday night was the premier of this one-of-a-kind apparatus. One other aerial act of note, was male acrobat, Angel Leopold in the upper table area who more than once had the audience one the edge of their seats.
There is something for everyone in the Lucent Encounter. Dance, song, acrobatics and silliness, it is all part of the experience. People may come away intrigued, baffled, laughing, crying but anyone who says they just couldn’t connect with it just didn’t try. Lucent Dossier, throughout the performance, openly invite everyone in the house to come and play with them.
Lucent Encounter continues every Saturday night into 2014. It is best advised to purchase tickets at LibertyTheaterTickets.com and either select to print from your computer or have a physical ticket mailed to you. The will-call line seemed to have some problems and there were long lines to purchase at the door. You do not want to miss any of this show, so having you ticket in hand when you arrive will get you in the theater quicker.
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