November 2014

NOLA Fringe Fest

The Divine Yoga Center

 

March 2015

Café Istanbul

Choreographed and Conceptualized by

Monica Ordoñez

Nominated for a Big Easy Classical Arts Award for Outstanding Modern Dance Presentation

Photo Credit: Mike Yoder

 

For the gay community in New Orleans, The UpStairs Lounge was a safe haven where the patrons could love, laugh, and even worship freely.  On June 24, 1973, an arsonist set fire to the lounge,  claiming 32 lives, marking this monumental tragedy as the most deadly attack on the LGBT community in US History. Sadly, even in New Orleans, this event is still largely unknown.  

 

Step 'UpStairs' and experience a celebration of the lounge through the tale of contemporary dance and film intertwined.  Mélange presents a variety of choreographed works inspired by the true stories of the patrons, from cabaret drag to a beautiful tribute to those who were lost. Come ‘Take a Walk on the Wild Side’ with Us!

Photo Credit: Mike Yoder

"a valuable and radical work"

-Nola Dance Reader

Photo Credit: Brei Olivier

"...raising awareness of the historical event while telling an emotionally compelling story of the trials and triumphs of the queer community"

-NOLA Dance Reader

Photo Credit: Brei Olivier

"timely and relevant"

-NOLA Dance Reader

Photo Credit: Mike Yoder

"...whether the dancers’ interactions were tender and delicate or athletic and high-flying, the partnering was expertly executed, thematically resonant, and exciting to watch."

-Nola Dance Reader

Photo Credit: Brei Olivier

Photo Credit: Mike Yoder

"a wealth of well-trained, well-rehearsed dancers

with confidence and great physical facility "

-NOLA Dance Reader

Photo Credit: Mike Yoder

Photo Credit: Mike Yoder

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For booking inquires, please email us at melangedanceofnola@gmail.com.