The Village Voice says:  "A lively and fantastical depiction of how we hide from our own issues, pushing them down in our daily lives until they have no other choice but to come after us in the night...  one of Symphony's greatest strengths  is its ability to depict a setting that's no so much unlike ours, yet one that's just cloudy enough to play with the performance's levels of reality...  a charming commentary on the pressures we hide from every day in our world– and the ones we discover with our head on the pillow."

Backstage says:  "The world that the dancers craft is visually sumptuous. Klein's staging fills the theater from floor to ceiling, and each of the fantasy sequences allows a different dancer to perform a virtuosic set piece in one of many worlds sensuously imagined..."

Courtesan Macabre says:  "The production is an extravaganza of ballet, aerialists, musicians, surreal costumes, acrobats, burlesque and dancers telling a dark, but beautiful story...The eerie violin concerto is a sensuous score to this seamless, elaborate production.  Creator Rachel Klein started with a concept of the horrors of sleep paralysis.  She worked with co-story writer Sean Gill on how to portray the different nightmares... If you are in NYC the next few weeks, definitely make the time to enjoy this show!"

Black Book Magazine says:  "Every so often these "I've seen it all” eyes see something that flabbergasts mark this on your calendar, get a babysitter, empty the cookie jar, and if necessary kick the reluctant lover to the curb and attend the world premiere!"

Flavorpill says:  "[SYMPHONY OF SHADOWS] depicts two familiar worlds– the workplace and dreams– only this symphony in shadows is far more exhilarating and terrifying than the norm or even Freud... Klein's Sleeper and her pesky Shadows move gracefully through the realms of modern dance, burlesque, gymnastics, and Romantic-era ballet.  The erotic dreams may be too much for the delicate heroine, but they are stunning stage pictures that are a genuine and refreshing reality."

Call Me Adam says:  "A show that will stay with me for years to come! One of the best performance pieces I have seen...The extremely talented cast of performers engulfed the audience with their artistry."

Theater for Nerds says: "Eye-catching and exciting, with a very wide range of performance styles... spider women will swing over the stage, ballerinas dance en pointe, and busty burlesque queens strut in skimpy outfits...  the cast (A whopping 25 of ‘em) is quite talented and athletic."

The New York Theater Review says: "Rigorous and dangerous... I could fully relate to the experience of dreading sleep... the company of dancers, aerial acrobats, clowns, and contortionists take on many roles and costumes, each one more arresting than the last."

New York Nearsay says:  "Dive deep into the Bowery for this sexy, macabre performance... don't miss this one!"


Symphony of Shadows

SYMPHONY OF SHADOWS– the new morbid fantasia from theater director and choreographer (and my frequent collaborator) Rachel Klein is coming to New York City in June.  It is a world premiere Mondo Cane Dance Commission from Dixon Place, located in Manhattan's Lower East Side.  I'm working on the show in a few capacities– I worked on the sleep paralysis-heavy storyline with Rachel, and I'm doing the sound editing as well. More information is available here, and tickets are available here.

Now, check out the trailer by fellow filmmaker Ryan Garretson:


Sean Gill's Top Ten Films 

10. THE SEVEN SAMURAI (1954, Akira Kurosawa)

9. A MATTER OF LIFE AND DEATH (1946, Michael Powell & Emeric Pressburger)

8. METROPOLIS (1927, Fritz Lang)

7. LAWRENCE OF ARABIA (1965, David Lean)

6. THE MISFITS (1961, John Huston)

5. ARMY OF SHADOWS (1969, Jean-Pierre Melville)

4. THE MUSIC LOVERS (1970, Ken Russell)

3. GRAND ILLUSION (1938, Jean Renoir)

2. MISHIMA: A LIFE IN FOUR CHAPTERS (1985, Paul Schrader)

1. BLUE VELVET (1986, David Lynch)

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