Baryshnikov Dance Foundation Presents;
THE SHOW (Achilles Heels)
PERFORMERS and COLLABORATORS
HARRY (Athena, Composer and Performer) 2006 marks the 30th
Anniversary of Blondie and the band’s induction into the Rock and
Roll Hall of Fame. Before Blondie, punk and disco were enemies, pop and
reggae were strangers and rock and hip-hop were at war. Through groundbreaking
songs, Blondie changed all that and its influence on the generations of
artists that followed, is undeniable. They were the first group to emerge
from New York's new wave/ punk renaissance with an album,1976's Blondie,
the first to chart a #1 single, a revolutionary blend of punk and disco,"Heart
of Glass" and the first to top the charts with both a rap song, "Rapture"
and a reggae hit, "The Tide is High".
And now, Blondie have added to their legacy by being selected
for induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, as one of two first-time
nominees (Miles Davis is the other). Blondie began in the late 70’s
and became the most successful band to emerge from the New York New Wave
and Punk scenes, having sold over 50 Million records worldwide.
The original Blondie was formed by art student/guitarist
Chris Stein and Max's Kansas City waitress and Playboy bunny, vocalist
Deborah Harry. Stein and Harry discovered the now famous rock drummer
Clem Burke and later found Keyboardist Jimmy Destri. The current Blondie
lineup includes Harry, Stein and Burke, along with bass guitarist Leigh
Foxx, guitarist Paul Carbonarra and keyboardist Kevin Patric. The band
initially toured opening for Iggy Pop and David Bowie. Blondie soon became
an international phenomena, with hit albums featuring such singles as
‘X Offender”, “In The Flesh”, "Denis",
“(I'm Always Touched By Your) Presence, Dear”,”Rip Her
To Shreds”, "Picture This", "Hanging on the Telephone",”One
Way or Another”, "Sunday Girl", "Dreaming",
“Union City Blue”, "Atomic","Call Me,"
(Theme from ‘American Gigolo’) "War Child" and "Island
of Lost Souls".
Deborah Harry quickly became both a music and fashion
Icon and one of the most photographed women in the world and appeared
everywhere from "The Muppet Show", to the hostess of “Saturday
Night Live”. Blondie, always ahead of the curve, created the first
ever album length music video and Harry is regarded as paving the way
for the generation of female recording artists who followed her. Deborah
has acted to both popular and critical acclaim in numerous films, including
‘Union City’, ‘Videodrome’, ‘Hairspray’
and ‘Heavy’, among many, as well as stage plays. Her solo
music career featured four successful solo albums, which include such
hits as ‘French Kissing in the USA’, ‘I Want That Man’,
‘In Love With Love’ and ‘Sweet and Low’. In recent
years, she has been featured vocalist with the New York City Jazz-’Punk’
group, the Jazz Passengers and recorded several CD’s with them.
In 1998, Blondie reformed to make a new album, ‘No Exit’,
the seventh Blondie studio album, highlighted by the hit "Maria"
which went to #1 in 14 countries. ‘No Exit’ sold more than
two million units worldwide.
Blondie is the only American group to have had No. 1 singles
in the UK in the 1970s, '80s and '90s. The band’s most recent album,’The
Curse of Blondie’ featuring the singles ‘Good Boys’
and ‘End To End’, was released in 2004. Blondie has since
completed numerous tours of the U.S., U.K., Europe and Asia. Harry is
looking forward to working on new recording projects, a book and acting
roles in film and on stage.
THOMAS (Achilles) was born in San Francisco, California in
1981 and raised in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. It was evident from the beginning
that he was a prodigy with a flair for the stage. Rasta Thomas studied
at the world-renowned Kirov Academy in Washington D.C. As a teenager,
he made dance competition history with honors including the Special Jury
Prize from the 1994 Paris International Dance Competition, the Gold Medal
in the Junior Men's Division of the 1996 Varna International Ballet Competition,
and the Gold Medal in the Senior Men's Division of the Jackson, MS USA-IBC.
In 1995, he became a member of Le Jeune Ballet de France
and in 1997, was invited to be a principal dancer with the Hartford Ballet.
His guest credits include the Russian Imperial Ballet, National Ballet
of China, Victor Ullate Ballet of Spain, Inoue Ballet of Japan, Ochi Ballet,
Universal Ballet of Korea, Joffrey Ballet, Washington Ballet, Tulsa Ballet,
Philadanco, Lines Contemporary Ballet, Complexions, and Lar Lubovitch
Dance Company. He has been featured at many galas, including Le Gala Des
Etoiles. In 2001, Thomas was the first American to become a member of
the Kirov Ballet of St. Petersburg, Russia. In 2003, he joined Dance Theatre
of Harlem as its youngest principal dancer.
Thomas has danced diverse roles including "Albrecht"
in Giselle, "Basilio" in Don Quixote, "Ali" in Le
Corsaire and "Death" in Debbie Allen's Soul Possessed. Television
credits include a Bravo documentary in 1997, A & E’s Breakfast
with the Arts, Sesame Street, a featured solo during the 1999 Academy
Awards, and the Spring 2000 international ad campaign for The GAP. Rasta
Thomas appears as "Timmy Chambers" in the feature film, One
Last Dance, starring Patrick Swayze. He most recently starred in Twyla
Tharp's Broadway hit, Movin' Out.
(composer) has made a lifelong habit of crossing both geographical
and musical borders. Born in the United States and raised in Brazil
during the heyday of that country's pointedly eclectic Tropicalia movement
of the 1960's, the multi-faceted songwriter/ producer/vocalist/guitarist
has forged an international reputation as an artist whose work is as seductive
as it is challenging. From his late '70s recordings of abrasive
"no wave" through his acclaimed series of solo albums beginning in the
late '90s, Lindsay has bonded rhythms and melodies from diverse cultures
and genres in provocative new ways, crafting inimitable soundscapes whose
impact can range from fragile pop pleasure to sheer sonic assault. His
latest album, Invoke, will be available in the US on June 25, 2002.
A founding member of DNA and the Ambitious Lovers, Lindsay frequently
tours Japan and Europe with his own band. As a producer, Lindsay
has worked with Laurie Anderson, David Byrne, Caetano Veloso and Vinicius
Cantuaria, to name a few. He recently won a Latin Grammy for his
production of Marisa Monte's most recent CD. On yet another front,
Lindsay has long been active in the field of sound art as both a curator
and as an installation artist in his own right. Frequently working
with sound designer/artist Ben Rubin, Lindsay has curated music and audio
art for Brazil's Carlton Arts Festival, London's Barbican Centre and the
nightclub Tonic in downtown New York. In the process, he has become
one of the first musicians to use Dolby Digital 5.1 surround-sound in
a live concert format. Lindsay's past collaborators include German
theatre director Heiner Muller, Japanese composer Ryuichi Sakamoto, American
multidisciplinary artist Vito Acconci and British producer/conceptualist
NICOLE EISENMAN (set designer) is a painter and installation
artist who lives in New York City. She shows with Leo
Koenig Gallery in NYC and Shoshana Wayne Gallery in Los Angeles. She
has won numerous awards including the Simon Guggenheim grant and the Joan
Mitchell Foundation grant. She was represented in The American Century:
Art & Culture 1900-2000, at the Whitney Museum of American Art in
New York and has shown at the New Musuem of Contemporary Art in New York,
the Museum of Contemporary Art and the Institute of Contemporary
Art in London, the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam, and the San Francisco
Museum of Art.
PILAR LIMOSNER (costume designer) Credits
include Martha @…, Images for David Parsons at the Joyce, and for
Karole Armitage Le Stances A Sophie at the Joyce, I Had A Dream for Ballet
of Monte Carlo, The Dog Is Us for the Deutche Opera, Sheherazade for the
Maggio Danza di Firenze, and Predator's Balls at BAM. Her other
theater work includes Eric Bogosian's Talk Radio, Ann Magnuson's You Could
Be Home Now, both at the Public Theater, and At Jennie Richee for Ridge
Street Theater at the MCA in Chicago for which she won an OBIE. Ms.
Limosner also designs for feature films. Her credits include Martha's
World, The Yards, Down To You, and the soon to be released The Guru.
LES DICKERT (lighting designer) Previous
designs for White Oak Dance Project include Yvonne full length After Many
a Summer Dies the Swan, Trisha Brown's Homemade, Mark Morris' Pecacadillos,
Lucinda Childs' Largo, and Steve Paxton's O (for Simone) and Earlyman
Deadlines. He recently designed Chacony for Lucinda Childs and a
remount of Erik Hawkins Early Floating. Other work in dance includes
designs for David Gordon, Jonothan Lunn, Company Appels, Min Tanaka, Jacob's
Pillow Dance Festival, Bayerisches Staatsballet, The Australian Ballet,
and the Beijing Folk Dance Company. Regional Theater includes Great
Lakes Theater Festival, Triad Stage, Portland Stage, Merrimack Repertory,
Spoleto Festival, Connecticut Grand Opera, and the Yale Repertory Theater.
He is a graduate of the Yale School of Drama.
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