Theatre Novi Most, whose mission is to "combine the artistic traditions of Russia and America to create performances in which seemingly disparate ideas, languages, cultures and ideologies can clash, commingle and cross-pollinate," has been developing a play about the passionate and tragic romance between American dancer Isadora Duncan and Russian poet Sergei Esenin for over ten years, including the last five years with Playwrights' Center affiliated writer Adam Kraar. It's a fascinating story about two fascinating people, their art, and their turbulent relationship. Dancing on the Edge is an intense and lovely play filled with movement and poetry.
|when Isadora met Sergei
(Lisa Channer and Sasha Andreev,
photo by Dan Norman)
|Katya Stepanov (photo by Dan Norman)
|Sergey Nagorny (with Sasha Andreev, photo by Dan Norman)
Dancing on the Edge is extensively researched and obviously a labor of love for all involved, and feels authentic because of it. And then at the end of the show a bunch of young dancers come out as Isadora's pupils and steal the show with the sheer joy and beauty of dance. I wish that moment had come a bit earlier; the show felt a bit long at more than two and a half hours. But it's an ambitious new work, telling a true story of brilliant artists, that captures the spirit of its subject. Only two more performance remain of this one-weekend-only run, so act fast (more info here).
|Lisa Channer as Isadora with the Isadorables (photo by Dan Norman)