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An inclusive dance/theater piece taking the audience bedside as three generations investigate the rituals of life and untimely death.
An inclusive dance/theater piece taking the audience bedside as three generations investigate the rituals of life and untimely death.
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  • Performances from April 27 - May 14, 2017
  • Wednesday to Saturday @ 7 PM - Sunday @ 4 PM
  • Tickets available at lamama.org or (212) 352-3101

“Tamar Rogoff’s choreography is bold and true to her fantastic vision.”

Elizabeth Zimmer, Metro New York

“Rogoff' pieces are unlike each other, but all have a similar quiet intensity, and the tenderness in them is not easy.”

Deborah Jowitt, The Village Voice

“...the simplicity of the vocabulary is also a strength...the effect is beautiful and moving.”

Brian Seibert, The New York Times

In the 1950s world of Grand Rounds, a 10-year-old inspired by the adventures of Cherry Ames, nurse and amateur sleuth, turns her perceptive gaze on the rituals of family life. What goes on behind closed doors and on the radio is fodder for her scientific reckonings. The action takes place in and around six beds, on a hospital floor, in a graveyard, and in the imagination of this curious child.

In Grand Rounds, Tamar Rogoff casts an ensemble of differently-abled performers with disparate bodies to represent “family” The grandmother is a dancer with Parkinson's for whom neutral is a “shake” and for whom intense concentration is born of necessity. The grandfather, a 250-pound clown from the Big Apple Circus, has eclectic performance skills which include having studied ballet. The brother is a trans actor, who is discovering a new physical reality now that his body aligns with his transgender male identity. A renowned palliative care doctor is performing with a patient who has faced a life-threatening illness. There are twelve performers, some of whom are well-known in the dance world. Each member was cast because of their particular body story.

The Grand Rounds audience has permission to stare, to take in difference, openly without censorship. Seating the audience around three beds, Tamar looks for a proximity that will encourage body empathy wordlessly --- body to body. She continues her interest in the medical world and how we allow it to define our deaths. It is the ten-year-old, teetering between childhood and adolescence, who via the last act of Giselle, finds a road map towards life’s end.

Tamar Rogoff Performance Projects produces dance/theater and documentary films. The latest, Enter The Faun, aired on PBS on America Reframed on March 28th. Rogoff is also a movement coach for actors, most notably for Claire Danes in her Emmy award-winning role as Temple Grandin.

Tamar is a six-time recipient of grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and has been funded by the Sundance Institute, Dancing in the Streets, Association of Performing Arts Presenters, Rockefeller MAP Grant, the Trust for Mutual Understanding, the New York Foundation for the Arts, Harkness Foundation, and the Guggenheim Foundation.

Grand Rounds lighting design is by Joe Levasseur, sound design by Steven Brush, dramaturgy by Janice Paran, and the set and costume design by Joanne Howard. The cast includes Graham Bridgeman, Cynthia Gilbertson, Glen Heroy, Ted Johnson, Merri Milwe, Nitzan Mager, Emily Pope, Cadence Rotarius, Peter Selwyn, Aurelia Suchilt, Berenice Suchilt, Morgan Sullivan, and Jake Szczypek.

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The main risk of live dance/theater is performer illness and injury.
Every cast member in Grand Rounds has an understudy and the show will go on no matter the circumstances.

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