Syncopation

Thursday 7th June 2012
Queens Park Theatre

SYNCOPATION is a smash-hit fusion of comedy, drama, romance and ballroom dancing. From the acclaimed Follies Company and directed by Tony Award-nominated Stephen Lloyd Helper (Fiddler on the Roof, Smokey Joe’s Café, Café Rebetika!), with choreography by Mark Hodge (Dancing with the Stars, Chicago), the touring production will now be co-produced by Critical Stages.

SYNCOPATION by Allan Knee (Finding Neverland) tells the story of Henry and Anna who bridge a cultural divide and breach social constraints in their attempt to create a brilliant partnership. The challenge is profound. The journey is powerful, moving, heartbreaking and uplifting.

Based in a dusty room in an old apartment building in New York City in 1912 -13, Anna, an Italian seamstress and Henry, a Jewish meatpacker, try to overcome the hardship in their lives – caught up in the jazzy energy of a newly electrified Manhattan. Henry, a migrant from Poland, is relentless, even obsessive in his dream to create a great ballroom dancing partnership. In the process, Anna evolves from a shy, proper, traditional girl into a liberated, self-realised woman. Anna’s evolution is one of the great coming of age stories in theatrical drama.

An entire world and every fascinating nuance of relationship dynamics is created and explored with a beautifully simple set, two actors, wonderful choreography and movement, eloquent lighting, superb direction and the wonderful music of Irving Berlin, Scott Joplin and George Gershwin. SYNCOPATION, which means “rhythm accented on the off-beat”, shows how differences of upbringing and cultural backgrounds can flourish together. SYNCOPATION captures your heart and makes you think about what it truly means to be a partner.

The truly spectacular performances mesmorised Melbourne audiences at its sellout extended season at Chapel off Chapel in September-October 2010, with critics proclaiming SYNCOPATION to be
“Sizzling!” - Sunday Herald Sun
“An enjoyable piece … I haven't seen a better judged performance this year!” - Herald Sun
“A compelling love story that promenades, foxtrots and tangos to life!” - The Age

Writer Allan Knee
Director Stephen Lloyd Helper
Choreographer Mark Hodge
Designer Adrienne Chisholm
Lighting Designer Richard Vabre
Sound Designer Darren Verhagen
Starring Steve Mouzakisand Emma Palmer