Theatre Novi Most returns to the Southern Theater with the world premiere of a new play, Dancing on the Edge, about American modern dance pioneer Isadora Duncan and her lover, the Russian poet Sergei Esenin. Both a poetic examination of Russian/American relations and a look at two remarkable historical figures, Dancing on the Edge begins with Duncan and Esenin’s first meeting in 1921 in Russia and through a mix of realism and fantasy, explores their stormy relationship, marriage, and disastrous tour of the US and Europe. The play is an unflinching look at a cross-cultural and complex couple who rode through the tumultuous birth of the USSR together with shared passion but no common spoken language. The play includes text in both Russian and English and has embedded within it several of Duncan’s dances and Esenin’s poems. Dancing on the Edge is written by Adam Kraar and was commissioned by Theatre Novi Most. It has been in development since 2011.
Dancing on the Edge is presented as part of The Southern Theater’s ARTshare program and includes a team of local and national talent: Theatre Novi Most co-artistic director Lisa Channer will play Isadora Duncan and Twin Cities based Sasha Andreev will play Sergei Esenin. Both Channer and Andreev have been with the play since its inception in 2011. Visiting New York actors Katya Stepanov and Sergey Nagorny will round out the cast playing several supporting roles and a group of local children will join the company to play the young students of Isadora Duncan’s school.
Co-artistic director Vladimir Rovinsky directs Dancing on the Edge and Jeanne Bresciani (Artistic Director of the Isadora Duncan International Institute) is Duncan consultant and primary choreographer. The rest of the creative team includes Michael Burden (scenic designer), Dan Dukich (sound designer), Heidi Eckwall (lighting designer), Deb Ervin (stage manager), Andrea Gross (costume designer), Zeb Hults (technical director), Elizabeth Larsen (assistant stage manager, props designer), Sharon Picasso (movement consultant and choreographer), Wendy Weckwerth (dramaturg), Lisa Cole and Natalie Dess (run crew).
The premiere of Dancing on the Edge is possible thanks to the support of the Playwrights’ Center, the Isadora Duncan International Institute, the University of Minnesota, the Talle Family Fund, The Fulbright Foundation, The St Petersburg Academy of Theatre Arts Russia, the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council, and our supporters. Past workshops of the play were supported by The Playwrights’ Center, the 92nd Street Y in Manhattan and the Unison Arts Center in New Paltz, NY.
This production will run for ONE WEEKEND ONLY in Minneapolis, September 7-10, 2017 at 7:30pm with a 2pm Sunday matinée, before a weekend tour to the McKenna Theatre on the SUNY New Paltz campus, September 22 and 23. Tickets for the Minneapolis production can be purchased here.