Blue Diamond Sue
Premiered April, 2005
19 Minutes


Choreography by Randy James and the dancers
Music by Eddie Adcock, Heartbeats Rhythm Quartet, Tim O’Brien, DorNell Pratt, Andrea Zahn, Tim Lauer
Costume Design by Cindy Capraro
Lighting Design by John Lasiter


An exploration of complex simplicity. This dance for five examines interpersonal relationships and their human qualities accompanied by bluegrass music. Exploring space, shapes how each relationship narrates its own experiences.

"an exuberantly rhythmic setting of Appalachian Bluegrass music, with a soul”
-Robert Johnson, The Star Ledger
 
       
       
  Reconstruction
Premiered December, 2004
16 minutes

Choreography by Randy James and the dancers
Music by Arvo Pärt, Anonymous, Gabriel Fauré
Costume Design by Abraham Cruz
Lighting Design by John Lasiter


A quartet set to haunting vocals. This dance explores the personal manifestations of each dancer’s response to specific images, events, and impressions. Each dancer progressively challenges the audience to examine relationships and ideas. As the dancers settle into their ill-fated circumstance, quietude encloses the audience.

"an atmosphere of serious artistic enterprise…moments of calm, even tenderness…with a penchant for unbridled physicality”
-The Star Ledger
 
       
       
  5 Points of Discussion
Premiered June, 2004
22 minutes

Choreography by Randy James and the dancers
Original score by Michael Wall
Costume Design by Abraham Cruz
Lighting Design by John Lasiter


5 Points of Discussion is choreographed in two sections, and is a deeply collaborative creative process with not only the dancers, but also the costume, lighting designer and composer, and is an introspective dance for the company of nine dancers. Abraham Cruz's multi-layered costumes help to convey ideas of shedding emotional baggage. Michael Wall's original score on piano, tabla (drum from India) and a chorus along with John Lasiter's lights and the use of existing stage walls, create an entire atmosphere for the world playing out before our eyes. We see existing relationships are at times aggressive and sinister and at other times loving and warm. As new characters enter our lives, change is apparent, sometimes in subtle but affecting ways.

“The dance finds its humanity in such moments of helpless sorrow and confusion”
-Robert Johnson, The Star Ledger
 
       
       
  Unknown Horizon
Premiered October, 2003
16 minutes

Choreography by Randy James
Original score by Tigger Benford
Costume Design by Abraham Cruz
Lighting Design by John Lasiter


In Unknown Horizons, James' choreography reaches to new levels with many intriguing moments of unfamiliarity. This dance is created in separate sections that explore technical and risky combinations, as well as sensual and exuberant solos, duets, and trios. The strong and heavy quality of the movements builds in momentum, leaving little room for stillness. Composer Tigger Benford adds a terrific flair to James' choreography with an original score of jazz music.

“[the dance] reflects the sang-froid of dancers who toss off athletic stunts and challenging lifts as if they were nothing, with active episodes framing a slower scene of sensual luxury…shimmers with an urban cool.”
-Robert Johnson, The Star Ledger
 
       
       
  Nenana
Premiered October, 2003
16 minutes

Choreography by Randy James
Original Score by Michael Wall and Music by Kate Fenner
Costume Design by Abraham Cruz
Lighting Design by John Lasiter

Nenana features the original music of singer-songwriter Kate Fenner, commissioned music by composer Michael Wall, and costumes by designer Abraham Cruz. This work pushes the audience's eye with a delicate approach, opening with a solo performance. the emotional sense of James' choreography shines through radiant and pure, followed by sections of sustained chaos, peace and serenity, performed by seven dancers.

“not a happy dance but not a sad dance either. It’s beautiful, thoughtful, and poetic.”
-Anne Levin, The Trenton Times
 
       
       
  Heaven's Dust
Premiered April, 2003
25 minutes

Choreography by Randy James and the dancers
Original Score by Tigger Benford and Michael Wall
Costume Design by Cindy Capraro
Lighting Design by John Lasiter


A dance in five sections for three dancers, Heaven's Dust uses disjointed movements and phrases to tell a story in which the segments run backwards in time. Unique in its exploration of structure, the dance challenges the audience to question what they perceive as the plot unfolds.
 
       
       
  Among The Stars That Have a Different Birth
Premiered September, 2002
17 minutes

Music by Los Fabulosos Cadillacs Mal Bicho, Padre Nuestro, Conjunto Cespedes Aideu, Los Fabulosos Tres Paraguayos Brisas Del Zulia, El Cantador
Costume Design by Cindy Capraro
Lighting Design by John Lasiter


This dance for five, in five sections--is an exciting pure movement piece using a suite of Latin music as a springboard to communicate through a new movement sensibility. The music runs the gamut from the soulful Cuban prayer “Aideu” to the hot new sounds of Los Fabulosos Cadillacs from Buenos Aires, Argentina.

“…a highly visual take on the art form with impressive floor work.”
-Searlina Bodden, The Caymanian Compass