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Dance, Football & Theater: Israel's INVISIBALL Arrives in Brooklyn

Nadine Bommer Theater Dance Company to begin 3-night run at 501 Union tonight

By: Daniel Koren

Published: June 24th, 2015 in Culture » Stage » News

Dance, Football & Theater: Israel's INVISIBALL Arrives in Brooklyn

Photo: Nadine Bommer's INVISIBALL

Credit: Ronen Rosenblatt


Soccer, like you've never seen before.

Such is the tagline surrounding Nadine Bommer Theater Dance Company's INVISIBALL, a production that is one part dance, one part soccer (or football if you're in the U.K.), and two parts entertainment.

Presented by Gowanus Art + Production, the Israeli production has now arrived in the States for a three-night run at Brooklyn's 501 Union, beginning today June 24th, and ending on Friday, June 26th.

Attendees are encouraged to "grab a hot dog and beer" and settle in to cheer for your team during the comedic theatrical performance about the world's most popular sport, directed by award-winning choreographer Nadine Bommer.

Experience ten delicate female dancers transforming into virile, ultra-macho soccer players as a soundtrack of roaring crowds and rhythmic soccer hymns are paired with Bommer's unique theater-dance language, turning the open space of 501 Union into a surprising, hilarious, multicultural soccer field... right from kick-off.


Photo: Ronen Rosenblatt

Having just completed a successful worldwide tour of Invisiball including performances in Berlin, Prague, Copenhagen, Pittsburgh, and Macau, collecting numerous awards along the way, these shows in New York will mark the first performances with Bommer's new US-based company members. The US cast has studied performing arts, theater and dance at prestigious schools and academies including LaGuardia High School for Performing Arts, Alvin Ailey School and The Juilliard School, and The Joffrey Ballet School, among others.

Bommer launched the Nadine Bommer Theater Dance Company six years ago in Israel and has just opened its NYC studio with a local cast earlier this year. The show uses Animato; a unique theatrical dance method developed by Bommer. The technique and its movement is inspired by the sea and kinetic energy, evoking watery and shapeless movements, that penetrate every motion of the performers.

This weightless technique allows the performers to seamlessly embody and portray their characters. The distinctive nature of the Animato dance produces an extraordinary energy on stage, authenticity and exciting totality to characters and situations - something that distinguishes Nadine Bommer's Animato dancers and characterizes her choreography.

For tickets, and more info, click here.

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