Back by popular demand, join us for an evening of dance, music, and storytelling highlighting the revolutionary work of singer/songwriter Patrick Haggerty and his Lavender Country band
Where: Z Space. 450 Florida Street, San Francisco
When: Thursday, April 25th, Friday, April 26th, and Saturday, April 27th @ 8pm
Audience members are invited to participate in our “Dress West to Impress” costume theme for this production!
Admission: $40-50 (tickets available in 2019)
After an inspiring premiere performance run in 2017, Post:Ballet’s Lavender Country collaboration features storytelling and live music by Patrick Haggerty (singer/songwriter of Lavender Country) and his exceptional ensemble of Bay Area musicians. Led by Post:Ballet’s Artistic Director Robert Dekkers and Resident Choreographer Vanessa Thiessen, this moving celebration of love, individuality, and interdependence features the timeless music of Lavender Country. Released in 1973, the self-titled album Lavender Country represented fearlessness and generated outrage as country music’s first openly gay album. Post:Ballet’s evening-length work reflects on Haggerty’s radically defiant message as Dekkers and Thiessen use ballet’s inherently traditional gender roles as a dramatic tension against queer characters and narratives.
“…come out, my dears
To Lavender Country
You all come out and make yourselves at home
It don’t matter here
Who you love or what you wear”
Haggerty’s music uses “Lavender Country” as a metaphorical landscape, a safe place where people can come to be their true selves. The work focuses on human stories, heightened by characters who love, search, and bleed in ways that are painfully visible specifically because of their unchosen differentness. Post: and Haggerty hope that audience members, regardless of orientation, will connect with Lavender Country as vulnerable, sexual, and innately human beings.
The dance performance will be followed by a live concert with Haggerty and the Lavender Country ensemble. Audience members are invited to participate in the event’s costume theme, Dress West to Impress!
MUSIC: Lavender Country, featuring singer/songwriter Patrick Haggerty and his Bay Area-based band
CONCEPT/DIRECTION: Robert Dekkers
CHOREOGRAPHY: Vanessa Thiessen in collaboration with the dance artists
COSTUME/SCENIC DESIGN: Christian Squires
LIGHTING DESIGN: Dave Robertson
Photo Credit: Post:Ballet dance artists Scott Marlowe and Keon Saghari, photography by Natalia Perez, costume design by Christian Squires