Critical Stages and The Follies Company are bringing the magical romantic comedy Syncopation by Allan Knee, writer of award-winning film Finding Neverland to Sydney as part of a national tour. Directed by Tony Award Nominee Stephen Lloyd Helper.
Syncopation is will have its Sydney debut at TheConcourse Theatre, Chatswood from Tuesday, 10 to Saturday, 14 July.
Henry Ribolow, played by Justin Stewart is a Jewish meatpacker, crazy with a dream of becoming a ballroom dancer and desperate for a dance partner. Anna Bianchi, played by Emma Palmer is an Italian Catholic seamstress and unsatisfied with her life until she spots a curious ad in the paper: Give your life a lift. Wanted: A Dance Partner to dance for royalty.From the moment Anna summons up the courage to answer the ad, sparks fly. As Anna and Henry take their first steps together they embark on a journey that will transform their lives.
They dance, urged on by the jazzy rhythms and haunting melodies of Gershwin, Joplin and Berlin. The beautiful story of Henry and Anna takes flight, soaring in amazing ballroom routines choreographed by Dancing with the Stars choreographer/dancer Mark Hodge and under the direction ofStephen Lloyd Helper.
“Inspired!Compelling!” -The Age
“Everyone searches for a true partnership and Syncopation explores how people can overcome differences to create that. Anna’s coming of age story is a journey everyone will relate to. It’s fun! It’s a fantastically entertaining night and the dancing is out of this world!” said Director,Stephen Lloyd Helper.
“This play is a roller coaster of joy, challenges, sadness, frustration and the need to escape the constraints of everyday life. Henry and Anna’s desire to dance and be great is constantly challenged by the outside world which has us feeling for both of them. Syncopation is about the need to find one's passion above all else,” said Choreographer Mark Hodge.
Syncopation – by definition the rhythm accented on the off-beat - shows how differences of upbringing and cultural backgrounds can flourish together. Syncopation captures your heart and makes you think about what it truly means to be a partner.
A compelling love story that … promenades, foxtrots and tangos to life. Inspired! Compelling!” The Age
This is a play with dance. What a play and what a dance! I shall go again - you should go at least once! 3MBS FM
An enjoyable piece - I haven’t seen a better judged performance this year. Herald Sun BOOKINGS ON SALE NOW RIVERSIDE THEATRES, PARRAMATTA July 24 – 28
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