Dancing the Time Warp – Ballerinas gone Wild!

Well we are throwing caution to the wind with the upcoming and truly unique ballet “shadow cast” production of The Rocky Horror Picture Show, opening October 30th just in time for Halloween. Showing our flair for versatility once again, we  shed the crisp white linens from The Great Gatsby and trade them in for fishnets, short shorts, stilettos and as much toast & rice as you can fill a movie screen with!    

Charleston Ballet Theatre blends a massive twist with the regular cult classic midnight showing tradition by adding a dance interpretation of the film, accompanied from behind by the movie itself. Rocky Horror enthusiasts are encourage to attend in full costume regalia and can expect all the bells and whistles that accompany a standard cult screening. As has been the tradition since its first midnight showing at the famed Waverly Theatre in NYC in 1976, audiences are expected to shout responses to the characters’ statements on the screen, including melodramatic abuse of the characters or actors, puns, and pop culture references.  The movie has become synonymous with audience interaction and can attribute its enduring success to its devoted interactive following.   CBT encourages audience members to come dressed as their favorite characters in the movie. This ballet performance is not just your regular show, it is a wild, uproarious celebration of an American cultural phenomenon. 

When I was in college we used to pile into the car every Saturday night and head out to the midnight showing of Rocky Horror Picture Show. It was great fun – you sang along to the songs, yelled out key phrases, and in general had a blast without booze or drugs. What more could a parent want. Dracula forget it , Frankenstein not even these can’t even hold a candle to how many times Rocky Horror Picture Show has been viewed around the world it doesn’t matter what country you go to likely when you say ” The Time Warp ” this phenomenon will come to mind.

So Throw away all your problems and let your inhibitions take you , give yourself to ultimate pleasure with a mix of parody sci fi/horror and if you have not seen this legendary film then when you see Tim Curry as the alien transvestite Dr. Frank n Furter you will know why this has just about as big as a following as Star Trek , but this is not just a film is a form of , expression for it’s many legions of fans when fans come into a theatre to watch this film they know there not alone many others will follow dressed up as well. We are unlikely to witness anything like the Rocky Horror cult phenomenon again. In Western theater as well as mainstream movies the role of the audience is generally passive, isolated, private and voyeuristic. Only in the Dionysian theater of ancient Greece or the cult rituals described by Antonin Artaud in “Theater and Its Double” do we learn about a kind of theater that amounted to a communal celebration of the daemonic, a liturgical worship with the audience as active celebrants. But “Rocky Horror” rewrote the rules or, perhaps more accurately, the audiences themselves invented a new form of movie, in effect “producing” the 20-year-run of a happening known, for lack of a better title, as the “Rocky Horror Picture Show

For the uninitiated, “Rocky Horror” tells the story of two clean-cut American youths, uptight Brad Majors (Barry Bostwick of “Spin City”) and Janet Weiss (Susan Sarandon of “Dead Man Walking”) whose car breaks down on a dark, deserted road in the middle of a storm–the classic beginning to many horror movies–and who seek help at a nearby castle. Castles, as Rocky fans know, don’t have phones! What this castle has instead is a cross-dressing mad scientist Frank-N-Furter Tim Curry, in perhaps his finest performance), two very creepy servants, Riff-Raff (Richard O’Brien, who wrote the musical) and Magenta (Patricia Quinn), and various other hangers-on, including lovers Columbia (Little Nell) and biker Eddie (Meat Loaf). Brad and Janet walk in on a party celebrating the creation of Frank-N-Furter’s muscle-bound boy-toy “Rocky.” Bed-hopping chaos soon ensues, until the servants reveal their true identities and take control.

THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW is wickedly funny, something you’re likely to miss when everyone in the audience is screaming at the screen. Although the material was toned down for the movie–song sequences were rearranged, lyrics rewritten, and script and characters softened–the whole thing still has plenty of bite.  So when we add dance to it.. you are in for the time of your life.  Dare to attend!!!


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