PS21 has two unique venues in one stunning building on a bucolic setting just one mile outside the Village of Chatham: a traditional stage with open air seating protected by a sweeping pavilion roof as well as an enclosed black box theater. Equipped with state-of-the-art theatrical equipment, PS21 is able to accommodate a wide range of works by today's most brilliant artists in dance, theater and music.
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Through its fusion of hip-hop and contemporary dance with elements of silent comedy, mime, and circus arts, the twelve dancers of Art Move Concept, founded by Soria Rem and Mehdi Ouachek, blend and blur established genres to create movement that expands and enriches our sense of the range of physical and emotional possibility. Inspired by the great silent comedians—Charlie Chaplin’s Modern Times is a seminal influence, as are Buster Keaton and the contemporary mime, clown, and performance artist Slava Polunin—Anopas is as humorous as it is melancholic, exploring the difficulties and the joys of the artistic process.
The work invites the viewer into the intimate recesses of the artistic journey, sown with doubts and fears, but also budding with hope. Like the creators’ recent Exit and Fli, Anopas explores the realm of dreams and inner conflict, but this time the choreographers fashion their characters and narrative arc from the dancers’ personal journeys. In work that heightens appreciation of the physical and emotional range of movement-based performance, Art Move Concept unifies three art forms PS21 champions: dance, music, and theater, with an undercurrent of contemporary circus.