“Cinderbox [is] a visually, kinetically, sonically and intellectually dazzling piece of dance theater that comments brilliantly on the whole process of creating, rehearsing, performing, viewing and critiquing dance… Overall, it’s a work you wish Mikhail Baryshnikov could see, because he might well be tempted to take on Rhoads and her dancers for a residency at his experimental dance center in New York.”
Chicago Sun Times
2012, Spring to Dance Festival - Dance St. Louis
Lucky Plush Productions revisits the distinctive world of its critically acclaimed Cinderbox 18 (2007, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago) with a fresh spin. Taking a cue from media’s voyeuristic approach to “reality,” Cinderbox 2.0 explores the comedy and anxiety in our hyper-networked culture through a fragmented narrative, witty commentary, and a performance that blurs the distinctions between observer and observed, personal and presentational, scripted and off-the-cuff. The choreography is built upon incremental gestures that accumulate and dissolve in unexpected ways for a performance that is vulnerable, oddly familiar, and wonderfully surprising. In collaboration with artistic director Julia Rhoads, Cinderbox 2.0 features an original score by composer Michael Caskey.
Choreography/Direction: Julia Rhoads
Collaborating Ensemble: Michel Rodriguez Cintra, Daniel Gibson, Marc Macaranas, Elizabeth Luse, Melinda Jean Myers, Benjamin Wardell, Meghann Wilkinson