In celebration of the company’s 10th Anniversary we decided to make a different kind of show. Not a full evening narrative like All For Love or Echoes In Time but rather a kind of sampling of the various aesthetics we’ve been drawn to over the years. With that in mind Three Suites was born as an evening in three parts – each its own world of rhythm, story, character, and style. Some parts can trace their seed to the very beginnings of the company, while others point to the future of Cats Paying Dues as a space of continual collaboration and exploration. Here’s a little more about each suite:
Ever for Love – This first suite harkens back to CPD’s first show at the Mainstage Theatre at Playwrights Horizons, All For Love. Tap dance combines with popular song, the lyrics of which tell the journey of Love – the patience, the recognition, the doubt, the choice – while the dancing brings the story to life.
Remembrances – Reaching back through the cumulative history of humanity for timeless rhythms, lyrics, and songs Remembrances speaks to the common yearnings of the human experience. Our collective sense of longing for a time yet to be remembered, but known to be true, is expressed through both a capella tap dancing and the combination of tap dance and live vocals (performed by the dancers themselves).
Entering the Waters – To enter into a new space, to discover a new reflection of yourself through relationship, to encounter the friction between communal traditions and social norms and your individuality – this is the experience of Entering the Waters. A collaboration with Max ZT and House of Waters and commissioned by the Center for Faith and Work (New York City), Entering the Waters charts a future for CPD as a platform for the creation of original collaborative works.
Now that you’ve discovered a little more about each suite we hope to see you at their world premiere May 13th-17th at BMCC Tribeca Performing Arts Center. Hear more directly from Andrew Nemr and Max ZT during an artist talk back following the May 16th 2pm show.