New York, NY (April 20 , 2016) – In Cité, a work of theatrical magic by Le Clan des Songes (Fragile, New Vic 2013), a man chases the sun as a city comes alive in fun and surprising ways in this enthralling, wordless exploration of shape, color and shadow puppetry. Cité, which is recommended for ages 3-5, will make its New York debut at the New 42nd Street Studios May 13-22.
Set to whimsical original music, Cité is a modern fairy tale that follows a solitary man as he leaps and bounds through a vibrant, dreamlike urban landscape. He is mesmerized by the sun, which takes on a life of its own as it flies freely, darting from place to place high above the city’s towering skyscrapers. From scene to scene, the figures and buildings transmute into new formations, color combinations and hues of every shade in this ethereal concrete jungle.
The world of Cité is inspired by the contemporary art of New York-based painter Evsa Model, whose works are created by combining large blocks of solid bright colors and geometric shapes. This muted piece, accompanied by an original score by Laurent Rochelle, is a fascinating exploration of the vagaries of shape, color, shadow and light that is sure to captivate the imagination.
Since 1990, Marina Montefusco and her company, Le Clan des Songes, have developed theater that enlists puppetry and animation in its unique, fanciful storytelling. The bodies of work produced by the company are created with all age groups in mind, although young children remain the company’s primary focus. Subsidized by the Midi-Pyrenees Regional Department of Cultural Affairs and the Midi-Pyrenees Regional Council, Le Clan des Songes is recognized nationally and internationally for the exceptional quality of their work. Following La Nuit S’en Va le Jour and Fragile, Cité is the final chapter in Le Clan des Songes’ trilogy for the very young.
Learn more about Cité on the New Victory website.
Public Performance Schedule: 16 PERFORMANCES
Friday, May 13 at 1:00pm
Saturday, May 14 at 10am, 1pm & 4pm
Sunday, May 15 at 10am, 1pm & 4pm
Friday, May 20 at 10am, 1pm & 4pm
Saturday, May 21 at 10am, 1pm & 4pm
Sunday, May 22 at 10am, 1pm & 4pm
Cité has a running time of 35 minutes without an intermission and is recommended for everyone ages 3-5.
Cité is supported by the Cultural Services of the French Embassy as part of Kids Trail, a cultural program dedicated to children and families, with additional support from FACE Contemporary Theater, a program of FACE Foundation.
Cité is also supported by the Midi-Pyrénées Regional Council.
Tickets for Cité at the New 42nd Street Studios (229 West 42nd Street) are $13 for Members, with full price tickets at $20. Tickets are available online (NewVictory.org) and by telephone (646.223.3010). The New Victory Theater box office (209 West 42nd Street) is open Sunday and Monday from 11am-5pm and Tuesday through Saturday from 12pm-7pm.
Theatergoers who buy tickets for three or more New Victory shows qualify for free Membership benefits, including locked-in discount ticket prices, free unlimited exchanges (up to 48 hours in advance) and access to a first-look purchase period for newly added performances.
About Le Clan des Songes
Le Clan des Songes has created 12 shows, including Colère Polaire, Louve Ronde, Souvenir d’un Pantin, Cargo, La Nuit S’en Va le Jour, Fragile and Cité and has performed in major theaters in France, including the National Theatre of Toulouse, Avignon Festival, Luluberlu Festival at Odyssud Blagnac, Marionnettissimo and the Charleville Mézières International Festival. Le Clan des Songes has performed internationally in Japan, South Korea, Taipei, Quebec, Brazil, Israel, Singapore, the Assitej International Festival in Montreal, Bravo Helsinki Festival, Figurteater in Oslo, Vermont Festival, Théatralia in Madrid, Petits Bonheur Festival in Québec and at The New Victory Theater! Subsidized by the Midi-Pyrenees Regional Department of Cultural Affairs and the Midi-Pyrenees Regional Council, Le Clan des Songes is recognized both in France and internationally for the exceptional quality of their work.
About The New Victory Theater
This year, The New Victory celebrates its 20th Anniversary season of bringing kids to the arts and the arts to kids as New York City’s premier theater devoted to the highest quality performing arts for kids and families. Serving the community in all its diversity, The New Victory Theater on 42nd Street presents theater, dance, circus, opera and music from around the world at affordable ticket prices. In addition to its public performances, the New Vic is also the largest provider of live performance to NYC school kids, serving 40,000 youth through more than 200 schools, after school programs and day camps each year. The New Victory has been recognized for its contributions to the cultural landscape of the city. Awards include a National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award presented by the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities for the New Victory Usher Corps, which provides paid employment to approximately 50 NYC teens each year, the national Arts Education Award from Americans for the Arts and a Special Award from The Drama Desk for “providing enchanting, sophisticated children’s theater that appeals to the child in all of us, and for nurturing a love of theater in young people.”
About The New 42nd Street
Founded in 1990, The New 42nd Street is an independent nonprofit organization charged with the continuous cultural revival of 42nd Street between 7th and 8th Avenues. Committed to the transformational power of the arts, The New 42nd Street builds on the foundation of seven historic theaters to make extraordinary performing arts and cultural engagement part of everyone’s life. The New 42nd Street fulfills this purpose by ensuring the ongoing vibrancy of 42nd Street’s historic theaters; maintaining and fully using the New 42nd Street Studios and The Duke on 42nd Street to support performing artists in the creation of their work; and through The New Victory Theater, New York’s premier theater for kids and families.