Thursday, April 29, 2010

Under the baroque top

Little Red Riding Hood, meet Lady Gaga.

In “Le Cirque Feerique (The Fairy Circus),” a new production from Boerum Hill’s Company XIV, classic children’s fairy tales are turned on their heads, told through ballet, flamenco, ballroom and contemporary dance, and a range of music, from pieces by Vivaldi to Aphex Twin (watch the "trailer' here).

As befitting the company’s mission, there’s a strong baroque presence, as the group collaborates with a baroque opera trio and sings popular songs by artists such as Lady Gaga in a baroque manner.

“It’s a really eclectic show,” said director Austin McCormick. “A lot of the costumes and design is super-duper over the top, which is baroque.”

For the all-ages show, which opens on May 8 and is performed as a traveling circus, McCormick picked his favorite fairy tales, first infusing them with a 17th-century design aesthetic and then juxtaposing that with more modern elements. There’s “The Ugly Duckling” as “Swan Lake,” “The Princess and the Pea” performed using Indian dance, “Little Red Riding Hood” set to Lady Gaga’s “Monster.” Needless to say, this big top is over the top.

“It could be a giant freak show,” said McCormick. “Hopefully it is.”

“Le Cirque Feerique (The Fairy Circus)” at 303 Bond Street Theatre (303 Bond St. between Union and Sackett streets in Carroll Gardens, no phone), May 8-June 6. For info, visit


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