A fair rendition of the classic , "Snow White"
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As the holiday season slowly fades, families can still enjoy one show as winter temperatures finally move in -- Company XIV's return engagement of their family holiday smash-hit Snow White.

Conceived, choreographed and directed by Austin McCormick, with new text by Jeff Takacs, Snow White runs through January 15 and this version is bound to stun audiences.

Company XIV’s Snow White, inspired by the Brothers Grimm version of the beloved fairy tale, blends opera, circus, dance, theatre, projection and lavish design, and is sure to delight both children and adults alike.

Company XIV’s 2009 production of Snow White, nominated for two 2010 New York Innovative Theatre Awards, was a hit with critics.

The New York Times Back Stage marked the show a Critic’s Pick and called it “saucy and stylish.”

Company XIV’s Snow White features an exciting new cast, starring Laura Careless as the evil Queen and Gracie White as Snow White, along with Marisol Cabrera, Sean Gannon, Davon Rainey, Jeff Takacs, Ashley Handel, Sam Hilbelink, Joseph McEachern, Cailan Orn and opera singer Lauren-Michelle, singing arias and songs by Ottorino Respighi, Charles Gounod and Roger Quilter. The show features performers from Circus Juventas, who join the Company XIV ensemble as guest artists.

Company XIV’s work is a unique mash up of classical texts, Baroque choreography, eclectic music, pop culture, opera, burlesque, ballet, gender bending, high fashion, theatrical staging and sumptuous design that has wowed both audiences and critics. Company XIV shows are cutting-edge, yet extravagantly classical.

Taking his cue from theatre/dance/opera under the reign of Louis XIV, Director/Choreographer Austin McCormick creates a compelling 360-degree experience for audiences.

The players of Company XIV are theatrical libertines, who tempt, delight and fully immerse their audiences in the experience of their performances, inviting them to be seduced and liberated.

McCormick holds a BFA from the Juilliard School and is a graduate of The Conservatory of Baroque Dance. He is an alumnus of the Harid Conservatory and North Carolina School of the Arts.

In 2006, he founded Company XIV, a dance/theatre troupe based in Brooklyn, hailed by Black Book Magazine as an ‘Icon Of The Future.’ The company works in the mediums of live dance/theater and film.

The work is contemporary, yet Baroque inspired. In 2009, McCormick won a New York Innovative Theater Award for Best Choreography for The Judgment of Paris. Company XIV was nominated for five 2010 New York Innovative Theater Awards for their productions of Le Serpent Rouge and Snow White.

In addition to performing in his own choreographed works, Austin McCormick has worked professionally with the Metropolitan Opera Ballet of New York and has taught and lectured on Baroque dance as a guest of the Korean Government in Seoul. He is currently pursuing a Masters degree in directing and dance history at NYU.

McCormick’s work has been performed at the Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center’s Peter Jay Sharp Theater, Alice Tully Hall, Clark Studio Theater, Symphony Space, The Flea, Alvin Ailey Theater, Walter Reade Theater, Mark Morris Dance Center, and internationally at the Biblioteca Palafoxiana in Puebla, Mexico, the Roxy Art House in Edinburgh, Scotland, and Usine C in Montreal.

His work has been seen at the TED Conference, on Logo’s New Now Next Awards and TLC’s The Cake Boss.

Snow White runs through January 15 at the 303 Bond Street Theatre, located at 303 Bond Street, between Union & Sackett in Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn.

Performances are Fridays at 7 p.m., Saturdays at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. and Sundays at 3 p.m.

Tickets are $35 for adults and $30 for seniors and children 17 and under. Tickets can be purchased online at www.BrownPaperTickets.com or by calling 1-800-838-3006.

The running time is 1 hour and 20 minutes, including one intermission. The space is accessible from the F or G train to Carroll Street or the R to Union Street.

For more information on the show visit CompanyXIV.com.

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