Company XIV Says Bienvenue to Its New Brooklyn Home | Playbill

Sponsored Content Company XIV Says Bienvenue to Its New Brooklyn Home The popular downtown dance company has a new theatre—but still remains as unclassifiable as ever.
Company XIV Joshua Flannigan

Since 2006, New York audiences have been entertained and titillated by the ebullient, sexy work of Company XIV, the downtown troupe founded by director-choreographer Austin McCormick.

Utilizing a singular blend of circus, Baroque dance, ballet, opera, live music, and opulent sets, the company has scooped up years of awards and nominations for projects as diverse as Nutcracker Rouge, Rococo Rouge, and Snow White, throwing each well-known tale into a blender and twisting and refitting it into something dark, sexy, and slightly dangerous.

Inspired by the performing arts that flourished during the reign of King Louis XIV of France—the Sun King who, in addition to offering protection and patronage for writers such as Molière and Racine, also founded the Académie Royale de Danse and Académie d’Opéra.

The company has garnered garlands of accolades, from love letters from the New York Times (“‘Rococo Rouge’ is a buoyant festival of excess and a very grown-up night out’; “[Nutcracker Rouge] looks at times like an adults-only Cirque du Soleil extravaganza, with trapeze acts and other athletic displays…. But Mr. McCormick, who directed and choreographed the show, has much grander ambitions than a ‘Nutcracker’ under the big top or a bawdy parody. The cast is full of classically trained dancers, and when he turns them loose, the result can be dazzling”) to Drama Desk and Bessie Award nominations.

Juilliard grad McCormick has married a sense of impishness with classical rigor, transforming even stories you’ve seen on stage dozens of times before into something fresh and startling. That embrace of a wide range of genres has led to the company’s work being performed everywhere from NYC burlesque clubs to the Kennedy Center and Metropolitan Opera.

Now located at the newly renovated Théâtre XIV in Bushwick at 383 Troutman St. (a two-minute walk from the Jefferson Street stop on the L), Company XIV continues to promote and perform breathtaking projects that fuse disparate elements into one riveting, sensual whole. Additionally, patrons can now enjoy a cocktail (try the Rock & Rye!) and a snack beginning an hour before the show.

Fans new and returning alike have until February 24 to enjoy XIVariété, an evening of striptease, magic, song, and dance featuring a rotating cast of acclaimed guest artists, before XIV’s Cinderella returns March 8 for a run through the summer. And of course, there is the Venetian Valentine Grand Masquerade on February 10 at Capitale.

This marks the perfect opportunity to become a member of Company XIV; membership packages range from Les Enfants Terribles (for audience members below the age of 30) at $45, to the $10,000 Les Grand Patrons de XIV, which allows its members to vote on what the yearly creation will be and an invite to opening nights. Let the bacchanal begin!

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