In the guts of Graffiti Alley in Bushwick, Brooklyn sits a magical red-lit wonderland match for Marie Antionette (even in the event you would not guess what’s inside from the unassuming outdoors door). It’s the house of Company XIV, one among New York City’s biggest treasures, however to some, nonetheless a secret. Company XIV marries excessive and low-brow leisure most sensually. It’s as if (really, it is the truth) New York’s greatest ballet dancers and opera singers have an opportunity to throw out the rule guide, placed on drag, and reimagine classical ballets and fairy tales full with epic costumes and superbly perverted enjoyable.
Company XIV was based in 2006 by Metropolitan Opera choreographer and nightlife impresario Austin McCormick, who has a novel background. “When I was eight, I started studying and performing court dance with French dance historian Regine Astier who lived in my hometown of Santa Barbara, CA. She taught me to read Feuillet notation, and we would reconstruct the dances performed at the court of Louis XIV and the Paris Opera. She would also recreate the incredible costumes that accompanied the dances, so I grew up performing in Louis heeled shoes, ornate masks, huge wigs decorated with feathers, and heavily jeweled boned looks,” McCormick says.
While McCormick was a scholar at The Juilliard School, he began fusing his baroque background with modern dance types, cabaret, drag, and opera. “I’m very interested in how the baroque aesthetic lends itself to gender-bending, ostentatious reimagining of myth and fairytales and immersive design/environments. I started Company XIV to explore and develop my artistic voice,” McCormick tells me. “I call the style “Baroque Burlesque.”
Company XIV hosts an array of spectacular performances, reminiscent of Nutcracker Rouge, which is McCormick’s Dionysus-approved (the Greek god of wine and orgies) tackle the basic Nutcracker. But, as the vacations are over and the world reopens, they’re at the moment displaying Seven Sins, a baroque burlesque refashioning of the story of Adam, Eve, and the autumn of man. “I have heard from a few audience members that Seven Sins might be their favorite XIV show thus far….. I am proud of this show as it’s entertaining, sensual, decadent and poignant,” McCormick says.
The restricted engagement opens April 1 and closes August 28, 2022, with weekly performances Thursday by Sunday at 8 pm. The present first opened in February 2020 and ran for 5 weeks till the pressured closure in New York City as a result of Covid-19 pandemic. Since then, McCormick says he is had two years to consider how he might make the gorgeously sinful present much more enjoyable. “There are new and fabulous cast members with unique and wonderful talents. The themes of sin, pleasure, disillusionment, and what it means to be alive hit differently after what we have all experienced in the past few years,” McCormick says. “The show is a decadent escape but also shines a light on the joy and pain of being alive. Also, the cocktail menu inspired by the Seven Deadly Sins is pretty delicious and was so much fun to create! Let’s be honest; we could all use a drink!”
Single tickets vary from $85 to $195. Champagne Couches for Two People vary from $395 to $595 and embody a half bottle of champagne brut and different treats.