The company’s first evening-length production, All Good Men, premiered in the Capital Fringe Festival July 16th, 2009. A dance theater adaptation of a Dylan Thomas filmscript, you can see excerpts from the production here and here.
Cast for the stage: William Smith, Rachel Merga, Emily Horton, Robert Bettmann, Sylvana Sandoz, Jessica McCoy; Cast for the recorded script: Fani Cyd Geroff, Marisha Bourgeois, Ashtan Moore, Dane Figueroa Edidi, Robert Bettmann.
Postcard design by Nancy Bratton.
To see blog posts about the creation of All Good Men, click here.
Here is an excerpt from the review by Ron Moore in The Examiner:
Bettmann creates a jewel mining the commonalities in poetry, literature and dance in ‘All Good Men’
Somewhere over Washington, D.C. this week Dylan Thomas is smiling… Robert Bettmann took Thomas’ film script “The Doctor and the Devils” churned it with his creative sensibility until the cream rose to the top. Skimming off the lyricism he created a new work, “All Good Men” that premiered Thursday night at D.C.’s Capital Fringe Festival with an additional performance tonight. It is truly a jewel and a tribute to the commonalities between poetry, literature and dance. Using a dramatic presentation of the script as his score Bettmann creates a symphony of movement literally bringing form and texture to the content… A new show especially by a new company is a living organism and will grow and develop and find its way. Bettmann has created a work of art that establishes his ability to mine gold out of our literary vaults and craft his discoveries into complex and beautiful pieces.
This production will be turned into a film over the next few months. It’s a work that serves as an example of artistic craftsmanship and one that should inspire writers and poets to think of their work in terms of dance. Bettmann shows us the essence of literature and it is that essence that makes great art. One hopes that this performance and these performers will give us abundant opportunities to enjoy their contribution to this world’s desperate need for art and beauty.
In October of 2009 Bettmann Dances performed The Fun House as a co-production with the Hamiltonian Gallery. Conceived and executed as a multi-media installation performance, you can see an excerpt from the performance here.
The Fun House was performed by Rachel Merga, Emily Horton, Robert Bettmann, and Marisha Bourgeois with the assistance of friends.
Postcard design by Sean Kallich.