Washington DC-Daydreams,presented by the Call Me Crazy Dancers, is a show appearing in the Capital Fringe this July starring Takoma Park local, Laura Boyer. The production begins July 21 and takes place at the Gala Hispanic Theatre at Tivoli Square.
Although Laura Boyer is still in college, she is an accomplished dancer and teacher. A local to Takoma Park, Laura is currently finishing up her degree in Theater and Dance at Temple University, where she leads the campus dance team, InMotion Dance Ensemble. Laura has choreographed throughout the Washington D.C. area and taught dance for over five years at Sitar Arts Center and Northeast Academy of Dance. She has performed as a dancer in classical ballet, musical theatre, and contemporary dance. She was also nominated for “Best Female Dancer” by the tri-state CAPPIES foundation in 2008.
Laura will share the stage with other dancers from the DC area associated with Flint Hill School, as well as dancers from Elkton, Philadelphia, and New York City. She is new to The Call Me Crazy Dancers; a spinoff of the Philadelphia based band Call Me Crazy. John Curtis, producer and lead singer of the band, created the dance troupe with choreographer Amy Smith in 2007. The dancers began accompanying the band in outdoor summer concerts, cabarets, and other theatrical performances. The dancers then presented their own full length production, Daydreams, during the 2011 Philly Fringe Festival at Temple University’s Conwell Dance Theater.
“The mission of our group,” says John Curtis is to provide opportunities for young emerging dancers to work professionally outside of their home studios. “There is a wealth of talent outside of our base in NYC, and we go out and find it. “Everything we do in this group is original: the music, the choreography, and the spoken word segments; it is what we do, and it is perfect for unconventional performance vehicles like the Capital Fringe. Our dancers enjoy being part of the full creative process with our material.”
Daydreams is an innovative dance show featuring ballet, tap, jazz, modern, contemporary dance, spoken word, and original music. The journey explores the kids we were, the adults we became, and the dreams we’re still chasing. The show’s music consists of original jazz and rock songs composed by the band Call Me Crazy. This production will coincide with the release of the Daydreamssoundtrack on CD.
“We don’t live to sit and work at computers, wait tables, or drive trucks. We do these things while we’re busy making other plans. Our daydreams keep us going in a time of increasing pessimism. We can make better lives for ourselves and others, and it all starts with a daydream on a playground, at a desk at school, on the drive to work, or while brushing our teeth.”
The dance pieces range from a contemporary dance set to a power ballad, to an a cappella tap dance piece set in a subway station; from a vaudeville medley to a ballet piece danced “en pointe” and set to jazz music. Daydreamsfeatures a modern dance piece called “Fear”that is accompanied only by sounds and images, no music. There is even a tribute to the Great American Songbook of jazz standards, but featuring original songs. This show is as dynamic and unpredictable as our dreams themselves. The pieces are interconnected by the Daydreams Diary, a series of journal-type monologues performed by the dancers, and of which Laura Boyer has a starring role.
What: Daydreams presented as part of the Capital Fringe
When: July 21 at 5PM, July 25 at 6PM, July 27 at 7:45PM, July 28 at 10PM
Where: Gala Hispanic Theatre at Tivoli Square located at 3333 14th St. NW Washington DC 20010
Tickets: $17 plus cost of a Fringe button. Call (866)-811-4111 or visit capitalfringe.org for ticket info
FOR MORE INFORMATION
Visit www.daydreamsdanceshow.weebly.com for exclusive rehearsal pictures, and videos of Laura in Daydreams
Top: Press photo by Kara Curtis featuring Laura Boyer
Bottom: Press photo by Kara Curtis featuring Amy Smith