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Hapless Bizarre
A company of dancers, actors and clowns come together to explore the sharp intersections between physical comedy, choreography, flirtation and romance.

Originally conceived by Doug Elkins, Barbara Karger, and Michael Preston
Choreographed by Doug Elkins in collaboration with the dancers
Musical Supervision and Original Music by Justin Levine and Matt Stine
Dramaturgy by Anne Davison
Lighting Design by Amanda K. Ringger
Costume Design by Oana Botez
Hat Design and Construction by Adam Kuchler
Production Stage Managers: Amanda K. Ringger and Randi Rivera
Cast: Mark Gindick, Deborah Lohse, Cori Marquis, Kyle Marshall, Aaron Mattocks, Donnell Oakley, John Sorensen-Jolink
Rehearsal Director: Carolyn Cryer
Creative Consultant: David Neumann


Preview performances at American Dance Institute, Rockville, MD
ADI National Incubator Series
January 31 and February 1, 2014 at 8PM
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“Hapless Bizarre” received its World Premiere on February 4, 2014 at Redfern Arts Center, Keene State College, NH and is touring throughout 2014 with “Mo(or)town/Redux”
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Hapless Bizarre is made possible by the New England Foundation for the Arts’ National Dance Project, with lead funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and additional funding from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Further development of this piece has been made possible by a 2013 – 2014 Joyce Creative Residency, a creative residency at Jacob’s Pillow in April 2013, and a three-season creative residency at The Yard on Martha’s Vineyard from 2011 – 2013.


With Mo(or)town/Redux, Doug Elkins returns to a movement conversation he began in 1990 with Shakespeare’s Othello and Jose Limon’s seminal The Moor’s Pavane. Like Limon, Elkins transforms the text of Shakespeare’s tragedy into a dance piece for four characters – Othello, Iago, Desdemona, and Emilia – and the simple prop of a handkerchief. With a Motown and neo-Motown-inspired score, Elkins explores themes of power, love, jealousy, and betrayal.

Choreographed by Doug Elkins in collaboration with the dancers
Musical Soundscape by Justin Levine and Matt Stine
Music Direction by Justin Levine
Dramaturgy by Anne Davison
Costumes by Naoko Nagata
Lighting by Heather Smaha
Cast: Alexander Dones, Cori Marquis, Kyle Marshall, Donnell Oakley

Congrats to Doug and the cast and creative team of MO(OR)TOWN/REDUX for its being named one of the top 10 dance pieces of 2013 by Alastair Macaulay of The New York Times!


Mo(or)town /Redux was made possible with generous support from DANCEworks, a partnership between SUMMERDANCE Santa Barbara and the Lobero Theatre Foundation that is the only dance residency program in the United States on an actual theatre stage for an entire month. Established in 2009, this unique opportunity is the brainchild of Dianne Vapnek, Founder and Artistic Director. Mo(or)town/Redux was presented at The Lobero on March 19 and 20, 2011.

Original cast members were Alexander Dones, Cori Marquis, Donnell Oakley, and Gregory Omar Osborne.


DANCEworks is sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts and WESTAF in addition to generous support by The Towbes Family Endowment for Dance, The Towbes Foundation, and the Dianne & Daniel Vapnek Family Foundation. DANCEworks is funded in part by the Events and Festivals Program using funds provided by the City of Santa Barbara in partnership with the Santa Barbara County Arts Commission.


Preview Performances at The Yard on Martha’s Vineyard and 92Y Harkness Dance Festival in 2011-2012.
World Premiere at American Dance Institute May 5, 2012.

New York Premiere at Baryshnikov Arts Center December 5, 2012.


Scott, Queen of Marys
Scott, Queen of Marys premiered at The Joyce Theater on January 5, 1994 as part of the Altogether Different Festival.  Original cast members were Bob Bellamy, Lisa Heijn, Susan Moran, David Neumann, Lisa M. Nicks, Allan M. Tibbetts, Jane Weiner, and Willi Ninja (b. William R. Leake)

Conceived and choreographed by Doug Elkins
Original score by Mio Morales
Costumes by Naoko Nagata
Lighting by Amanda K. Ringger
Cast: Ephrat “Bounce” Asherie, Alexander Dones, Kellie Ann Lynch, Javier Ninja (b. Javier Madrid), Cori Marquis, Kyle Marshall, Donnell Oakley, Joshua Palmer
Rehearsal Director: Carolyn Cryer

The New York Times previewed the Bessie-nominated SCOTT, QUEEN OF MARYS performances at Focus Dance at The Joyce Theater on January 7 and 12, 2014.