The mission of Bettmann Dances is to make superior contemporary art. As a new dance company, the mission and vision are carried forward by the dancers, the board of directors, and the Artistic Director. Bettmann Dances is a project of Day Eight, a 501(c)3 non-profit corporation. To see video of the company in action visit the Bettmann Dances website, and to learn more about our current project - Quis Custodiet – visit the Quis project website.
The company’s first evening-length production, All Good Men, a dance theater adaptation of a Dylan Thomas filmscript, premiered in the Capital Fringe Festival July 16th, 2009.
Cast for the recorded script: Fani Cyd Geroff, Marisha Bourgeois, Ashtan Moore, Dane Figueroa Edidi, Robert Bettmann.
Cast for the stage: William Smith, Rachel Merga, Emily Horton, Robert Bettmann, Sylvana Sandoz, Jessica McCoy.
Excerpt from the review of All Good Men by Ron Moore in The Examiner titled “Bettmann Creates a Jewel”:
Somewhere over Washington, D.C. this week Dylan Thomas is smiling… Robert Bettmann took Thomas’ film script “The Doctor and the Devils” and 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…
- October 2009 -
Conceived and executed as a multi-media installation performance, in October of 2009 Bettmann Dances performed a multi-media adaptation of All Good Men in a co-production with the Hamiltonian Gallery. You can see an excerpt from a performance of The Fun House 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 for Hamiltonian Artists.