tHe aGe oF aNXiety
“A Twisted Love Letter to New York City”
by dendy/donovan projects
Watch the ADF Exclusive Cut
tHe aGe oF aNXieTy
June 20 (9:00am ET)-June 26 (11:00pm ET)
ADF is pleased to present dendy/ donovan projects’ Mark Dendy (Obie and “Bessie” award winning choreographer) and British producer/director Stephen Donovan as they make the jump from stage to screen with their debut film tHe aGe oF aNXieTy (The ADF Exclusive Cut). This acclaimed duo has been making and producing experimental dance-theater-visual art in and around New York for over a decade. Drawing upon their own personal mental health challenges, this formidable team leaps full force into the world of the moving image and a journey of displacement, sadness and rage, and real life. Illuminated through dance and a landscape of disparity, racial and social injustice, political chaos, and dysfunction, their story is told through the eyes of the central character, Mister Clown.
This world premiere film is available for online viewing June 20 through June 26. Tickets purchased prior to June 20 will be emailed the film link beginning June 20. Tickets purchased between June 20-26, will be emailed the film link as you order.
About the artists:
dendy/donovan projects. Obie, “Bessie,” and Alpert award-winning choreographer, writer, and director Mark Dendy and designer, director, and filmmaker Stephen Donovan have been a creative team since 2003 when they worked on the Broadway musical Taboo. dendy/donovan projects was formed to create experimental dance-theater-multimedia work that values all forms of design and collaboration. Their work investigates the political and the personal juxtaposed with Dendy’s social satire. Recent works include Golden Belt – ADF (premiere 2009); Ritual Cyclical, an epic site-specific work for 80 dancers – Lincoln Center/ADF (premiere 2013); Dystopian Distractions! – Lobero Theatre, Santa Barbara (premiere 2014); Labyrinth – Abrons Arts Center, NYC (premiere 2014); NEWYORKnewyork @Astor Place – Joe’s Pub, NYC (premiere 2015); Whistleblower – Dixon Place, NYC (premiere 2015); Elvis Everywhere (premiere ADF & Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival 2017, New York Live Arts 2018); and tHe aGe oF aNXieTy – Dixon Place, NYC (premiere 2019).
MARK DENDY has worked in a range of dance genres from experimental dance and East Village drag to Broadway productions, ballet companies and opera, to large-scale site-specific works. His dance company was presented at Performance Space 122, American Dance Festival, Bates Dance Festival, The Joyce Theater, Jacob’s Pillow, Lincoln Center, Central Park SummerStage, Kennedy Center, and Dance Theater Workshop, as well as numerous national and international venues. Dendy has been commissioned by both modern and ballet companies worldwide, most notably Pacific Northwest Ballet. Mark has collaborated with directors Julie Taymor, Tina Landau, Gabriel Barre, Ellen Hemphill, Rebecca Taichman, and Timothy Sheader; writers Neil Simon and Charles Busch; and composers Boy George, Don Byron, Andrew Lippa, Heather Christian, Jim Steinman, and Stephen Schwartz. Commercial theater credits include choreography for Taboo and The Pirate Queen (Broadway); The Wild Party, The Miracle Brothers, and Jacques Brel Is Alive and Well… (Off-Broadway); Pippin, Camille Claudel, and Hair (regional and national tours); The Magic Flute (The Metropolitan Opera, Opera Australia); Orpheus (NYC Opera); and Rappaccini’s Daughter (Gotham Chamber Opera, NYC).
STEPHEN DONOVAN is the Co-Artistic Director of dendy/donovan projects. With Mark Dendy, Donovan conceives and develops the work, designs sound and visuals (costume, sets, video, and props), manages the company, and sometimes performs. Collaborations include Ritual Cyclical (2013); Dystopian Distractions! (2014); Labyrinth (2014); NEWYORKnewyork @ Astor Place (2015); Whistleblower (2015); Elvis Everywhere (2017 ADF / Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, 2018 New York Live Arts). Other credits include actor in Comedians (La MaMa E.T.C. NYC), costume designer for Desperate Writers (Union Square Theatre), co-writer and designer for Andru’s Head (NYC Fringe), writer and director for Girl/Talk (Mind the Gap Theatre, NYC), and director for the music video for I Am The Polish Army’s “You Don’t Know.”
tHe aGe Of aNXieTy by dendy/donovan projects is commissioned by ADF with support from the Doris Duke/SHS Foundations Award for New Works.