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Catherine R. Laporte- (516) 593-5045
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Brooklyn New York, November 2, 2007— Set aside your blackberry and get out your RED pen and notebook to mark the date because a fun loving dance celebration is coming to town when the Errol Grimes Dance Group brings hues of red alive in its production of RED featuring Emmy Award winning actor and two-time Tony Award nominee, André DeShields at the Kumble Theater for the Performing Arts on Thursday, November 15th – Saturday, November 18th at 7:30 pm, and Sunday, November 18th with an earlier show time of 4:00 pm. RED in its debut at the 320 seat theater is great news for Brooklyn's downtown renaissance and artistic director and choreographer Errol Grimes promises that each evening of RED will be a special and unique theater experience with red themes, nightly surprises such as Saturdays' "College Theater Night" or "Red Velvet Sunday Family Day" with treats of Brooklyn's own, Cake Man Raven red velvet cake or even Fridays' Gala which features a pre-event reception and post-event "Meet The Cast" reception where patrons can sample treats from Brooklyn Brewery and more that is RED, of course!
RED, an original production takes you on a journey through exciting tones of RED which includes an active volcano, vivid Caribbean inspired costumes, riveting movements of dance through a stream of consciousness which evokes the ordered happenstance of a carnival procession and audio-visual imagery as told through the introspective thoughts and travels of the Ring Master of Ceremonies played by André DeShields. Errol Grimes choreographic work moves to titillate the senses which is RED inspired by the circus metaphor of whimsy, pathos and the unexpected. The musical score, composed by Mark Ballora is influenced by Afro-Caribbean and American rhythms and features the Penn State Choir, with special guest violinist Max Zorin under the direction of Lynn Drafall.
The Errol Grimes Dance Group includes accomplished actors and dancers from Broadway and film to include Andrew Vaughen, Kelly Hamlin, Natasha Diamond Walker, Corrine Negata, Gabriel Zaragoza, Jason Calacino, Mariana Parma and Rob Lok. Errol Grimes says, "I am delighted that such a distinguished cast is featured in RED. The Errol Grimes Dance Group strives to provide those who work, live and visit New York a fantastic theater experience in Brooklyn. It is important to make a night at the theater affordable and to share art, music and culture with those around us. We are thrilled and excited that André DeShields shares our vision. It will be a night to remember".
Kumble Theater Managing Director Rodney Hurley proclaims, "The Kumble Theater for the Performing Arts is excited to host the debut production of RED. It continues to be our pleasure to support Brooklyn-based artists in presenting quality cultural theatrical events. The LIU Brooklyn Campus looks forward to welcoming Errol Grimes Dance Group and the legendary André DeShields to the Kumble stage. In celebration, the campus provost, Gale Stevens Haynes will host a fun evening for students from both the Brooklyn and C.W. Post campuses to attend a performance as part of the mission to create a cultural bridge between the two communities". Errol Grimes Dance Group Event Manager Keith Carr agrees, "The Borough of Brooklyn is comprised of cultures from across the globe. It is this cultural fabric which enables us to appreciate the world around us. We encourage everyone to cross the Brooklyn Bridge to the Kumble Theater and join the celebration to experience this fantastic proclamation of The Errol Grimes Dance Group, and join in on the delight of RED"!
The Ring Master of Ceremonies in RED, the Emmy Award winning and Two-Time Tony Award nominated André DeShields' early Broadway roles began in 1973, after which, he went on to choreograph a young Bette Midler concert. In 1975, DeShields was cast in the title role of "Wiz" in "The Wiz" on Broadway. Following this highly successful production which made André DeShields a household name, his Broadway credits continued in Ain't Misbehavin, where he further went on to win an Emmy Award for Outstanding Special Achievement for his performance in the 1982 NBC broadcast under the same name. Other stage productions include, the Duke Ellington revue Play On!, The Full Monty, Prymate, Waiting For Godot, The Man Who Came to Dinner, Death of a Saleman, Dusyanta: A Tale of Kalidasa and André DeShield's Haarlem Nocturne of which he wrote and produced. DeShields television credits include Another World, Cosby, Sex in the City, Great Performance and Law & Order. In 2007 Andre' DeShields won an Obie Award for Sustained Excellence of Performance. Other honors include Tony Award nominations for Prymate, The Full Monty, and Play On! A consummate actor, dancer, choreographer and all around entertainer, Andre' DeShields is also a multi Drama Desk Award nominee in the Outstanding Actor category for his work in Play On! and Ain't Misbehavin'. André DeShields, holds a Master of Arts from New York University's Gallatin School of Individualized Study, where he serves as an Adjunct Professor. This is André DeShields first role in an Errol Grimes production.
Errol Grimes Dance Group (EGDG)
The Errol Grimes Dance group, a non profit dance company was established in 1998 and performs in Europe and in the United States. With prior performances at Aaaron Davis Hall, The Billie Holiday Theatre, Harry De Jor Theatre, Abrons Arts Center, The Annex Theatre and The Kitchen, the company explores contemporary dance and themes founded by an American and Afro – West Indian prospective. Errol Grimes Dance Group uses the medium of modern dance with collaboration in disciplines such as poetry music, evolved arts and multimedia. The Errol Grimes Dance Group dancers exhibit training in modern, ballet, folk, tap, hip-hop and jazz and are all experienced teaching artists. The Errol Grimes Dance Group conducts residencies, workshops and symposiums in the communities where it performs.
Kumble Theater for the Performing Arts
The Kumble Theater for the Performing Arts is nestled in the heart of the Long Island University, Brooklyn Campus and is one of the fastest-growing and most ethnically diverse college campuses in New York. The Kumble Theater, made possible through a gift by Steven Kumble is one of the newest performance spaces in downtown Brooklyn. The wood-paneled theater designed by Mitchell/Giurgola Architects features top-of-the line video and projection equipment and an electro-acoustic system. Its 1, 500 square-foot stage accommodates dance, music and theatrical performances by professional and student artists.
About the Artistic Director and Choreographer
Errol Grimes, choreographer/Artistic Director of the Errol Grimes Dance Group, began dancing at the Barbados Dance Theatre in Barbados, West Indies. Upon moving to the United States, he continued his training at S.U.N.Y. Potsdam, the Juilliard School, The Merce Cunningham Studio and the Martha Graham School. Errol Grimes began presenting his work in New York in 1990. The following years he created several works including "An Artist in Exile", "Let's Crack Some Eggs" and an earlier rendition of "RED". Mr. Grimes was the recipient of a USIA fellowship to Denmark where he subsequently lived, worked and performed until 1998. While in Denmark, he collaborated with the Norwegian choreographer Oyvind Jorgensen for Europride. In addition, Grimes collaborated with the British choreographer Tim Rushdin in a royal command performance for the Danish Royal Family and has worked with the American choreographer Missy Stephens for the opening ceremonies of the World Championship Games that were held in Gothenburg, Sweden.
Errol Grimes has taught Modern Dance Technique, Composition and Dance History at the Ballet Academy of Gothenburg, Sweden, in Holland at the Rotterdam Dance Academy, in Denmark at the School for Modern Dance and the New Drama School and Oure Sports High School. In Barbados, West Indies, he conducts workshops for the Barbados Dance Theatre. An Adjunct Professor at Hofstra University, Errol Grimes has taught at the Educational Alliance, the Alvin Ailey American Dance Center, Middlebury College, Williams College, New York City Parks Department events and New York City Dept of Education programs. According to Errol Grimes "Our resources have grown over the years, but we are still growing and we rely on public, corporate and art foundation support for our productions. We are always seeking support which enables us to provide free workshops in the New York City Public Schools. Last year our support enabled us to expose over 1200 students to cultural dance programs". EGDG support has come from the Bank of America, the Brooklyn Arts Council, New York State Senators Kevin S. Parker and Velmanette Montgomery, and New York City Council member Letitia James to name a few.
For more about RED or the Errol Grimes Dance Group visit their new interactive site at www.errolgrimesdancegroup.org or call (718) 596-0560.
The Kumble Theater for the Performing Arts at Long Island University- Brooklyn Campus is located at One University Campus at the corner of Flatbush and Dekalb avenues. General Admission tickets are $20.00 with $10.00 tickets for students with ID and seniors. Friday, November 16th only - A special pre-event reception is available for all patrons. A post event "Meet the Cast" Reception is available on Friday, November 16th with Ring Master seating available at $50.00. For tickets call the Kumble Theater Box Office at (718) 488-1624 or purchase tickets online at www.kumbletheater.org.
Press is invited to attend. Contact Catherine R. Laporte - Catz Entertainment to obtain RED Press Credentials.
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