If you think you’ve seen it all in the New York City theatre scene and you haven’t checked out the Elojes Dance Theatre, then you haven’t even begun to understand. In a blanket email from Elojes Dance Theatre’s artistic director, Jessica Lynn Jennings, it was recently announced this coming September 26-30, 2007; in one of Manhattan’s revered off Broadway spaces, the Chernuchin Theatre at the American Theatre of Actors (314 w 54th St b/w 8th & 9th Ave) H.G. Well’s sci-fi novella “The Time Machine” comes to life for a short time only.
Ms. Jennings and co-founder Nicole Graffeo have made it their bent in taking existing, familiar works and interpreting them through music and dance for the stage. As the Elojes website puts it, “Elojes Dance Theatre strives to promote community interest in the arts and humanities by presenting original dance theatre in collaboration with multi-media artists.” For “The Time Machine” Elojes has employed the assistance of musical director Dan Gross and enlisted the talent of set designers Katalina Ezcurra Benedit and Daniel Dubois.
Elojes presentation of “The Time Machine” is a full length presentation “come to life with a splash of comedy,” and is much hyped as a “family-friendly energetic performance,” that everyone should get excited about. If for no other reason than many read texts like “The Time Machine” at a young age then catalog them in the far recesses of their subconscious; this is an experience that the whole family can appreciate.
Elojes has been around since 2005 and in their mission statement have offered to be an “expanding (force in the) performance experience by completing residences and offering classes to the public, meanwhile presenting dance in various venues to audiences in an accessible and friendly way.” The Elojes experience has made quite a splash on the off Broadway/dance theatre scene in the five boroughs hosting events all over and has been committed to being a positive force in the dance community. Elojes is also known for hosting a number of other artistic activities and art forms including music and visual art into their semi-annual works in progress series.
Ms. Jennings has choreographed the entire presentation and uses “human kinetics as a springboard for the Morolock and Eloi movement,” from which Elojes takes their name. Ms. Jennings talks about the show as a “biological evolution danced through a movement evolution” and with her cast of seventeen dancers you can bet that “The Time Machine” presentation will be one of their most impressive to date.
If you’re interested in finding out more about Elojes you can access their website or look for more information about their presentation of “The Time Machine” on smarttix.com where you can find out information about performance times and dates and buy your tickets ahead of time. Tickets are also available at their cash only box office.