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10 Hairy Legs

Highland Park, NJ         

10 Hairy Legs is an all-male repertory dance company performing existing and newly commissioned works. Since our founding in 2012 we have commissioned 14 works from choreographers Doug Varone, Doug Elkins, Tiffany Mills, Manuel Vignoulle, Julie Bour, Megan Williams, Al Blackstone, Raja Feather Kelly and founder Randy James. We have served more than 75,000 patrons, students, artists and educators throughout the NY/NJ region, in NYC at BAM Fisher/Fishman Space, New York Live Arts, The 92nd Street Y, Brooklyn Dance Festival, Modern Dance/Bryant Park, Dixon Place, Gibney Dance, Joe’s Pub, West End Theatre, Fire Island /DRA Benefit Week End, Dance at Socrates, Koresh Come Together Festival; on tour to the Choregus Dance Festival in Tulsa, OK and as a guest artist at its Benefit Gala in July 2017, appearing with Joffrey and Geneva Ballets, Seattle, WA, The Cayman Islands, New England; and Rhode Island and in 2017-2018 will tour to 10 states outside of NJ; broadcast nationally and internationally on NJTV’s State of the Arts, The Meredith Vieira Show and Nick Cannon’s Red Nose Dancathon, and in residence at the Kaatsbaan International Dance Center. In December 2016 we were the only American dance company appearing at the Cape Town (SA) International Dance Festival. We provide a wide range of education programs for all ages focusing on the many facets of maleness as expressed through dance, serving more than 6,500 students and educators each year.

 “…since its formation in 2012, its rapid growth has been astonishing…The diversity of this programming is a treat for audiences…this company has also become a welcome source of choreographic commissions.” – Robert Johnson.

 In 2015 10 Hairy Legs launched 10 HL Projects, which includes women for specific productions outside of the all male company. The first of these was a new full-length work based upon C. S. Lewis’ The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, choreographed by James that had its World Premiere at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in January 2016. Our Artistic Collaborators are choreographers Al Blackstone, Julie Bour, Seàn Curran, David Dorfman, Dan Froot, Doug Elkins, Raja Feather Kelly, Heidi Latsky, Cleo Mack, Tiffany Mills, David Parker, Stephen Petronio, Claire Porter, Niv Sheinfeld and Oren Laor, Doug Varone, Manuel Vignoulle, Christopher Williams and Megan Williams; musicians Tigger Benford, Sarah Biber, Jane Chung, Lachlan Glen, Kyle Olson, Robert Maggio, Bryan Strimpel, Michael Wall, Dorian Wallace and Peter Whitehead; and designers Abraham Cruz, Oana Botez, Cindy Capraro, Benjamin Heller, John Lasiter, Naomi Luppescu, Mary Kokie McNaugher, Dennis O’Leary-Gullo, Lauren Parrish, Amanda Ringger, Amanda Shafran, Ken Tabatchnik, Olivier Theyskens, Asa Thornton and Tuce Yasak. In addition to their work with 10 Hairy Legs, our company members are currently featured artists with The Bang Group, Stephen Petronio Company and Zvi Dance, among others.  Leadership funding for the company has been provided by The Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, American Dance Abroad’s Rapid Response, New Music USA’s Live Music for Dance Program, The Frank & Lydia Bergen Foundation, The Blanche and Irving Laurie Foundation, The O’Donnell Green Music & Dance Foundation, The Harkness Foundation for Dance, Johnson & Johnson, Magyar Bank Foundation, Thee New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Dept. of State, receiving a Citation of Excellence, the Rutgers Research Council, The Hyde & Watson Foundation and the generous contributors to the Rita & Philip Levy New Works Fund.

10 Hairy Legs Sizzle Reel

Highlighted excerpts from our repertory of over 25 works including 12 World Premiere Commissions. 2015

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Heaven’s Dust (Excerpt)

World Premiere: June 12th, 2015 at New York Live Arts
Choreography by Randy James
Music by Michael Wall
Guest Musician: Dorian Wallace
Costumes by Cindy Capraro
Performed by Alex Biegelson, Robert Mark Burke, and Nicholas Sciscione
The production, performance and live musical accompaniment of this work was funded by Major Grants from The O’Donnell Green Music & Dance Foundation and New Music USA’s Live Music for Dance Grant.

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Randy James’ “Heaven’s Dust”

The dancers’ physicality insinuates itself in this duet, prompting feelings, suggesting something basic about the give and take between two people and asking what different kinds of intimate relationships might have in common. “It was with out a doubt my favorite performance of the night… . Superb performance in a superb piece… . Bravo indeed!” – Darrell Wood – NYC Dance Stuff, June 2014. Set to the Haendel-Halvorsen Pasacaglia.

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