Hapless Bizarre

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


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


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.





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!

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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.


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

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


Check out this article  in The New York Times on the Bessie-nominated SCOTT, QUEEN OF MARYS previewing the performances at Focus Dance at The Joyce Theater on January 7 and 12, 2014.



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)