If you are in New York on Monday June 8th you might want to get tickets for this concert. DO40 as the name implies, is a national group with strict membership rules. You must be over 40, and have had experience on the stage. OK, maybe I am exaggerating a little. I am sure that President of the organization John Sefakis might let you join if you have not quite reached your 40th birthday.

Dancing in some ways is like being an Olympic Gymnast, a young persons game. DO40 proves that dancers are not age constrained.

The Labyrinth Dance Theatre has Sasha Spielvogel as the Artistic director, the group have performed across the US and also in a number of other countries. A quote from the web site:

Labyrinth Dance Theater is a classically trained modern dance company based in Manhattan which uses improvisation as a basis for finding movement unique to each dancer/character. Since its inception, Labyrinth has performed in venues large and small, from major theater spaces to synagogues and churches, from Lincoln Center-out-of-doors to international amphitheaters. Whatever the performance space, our concerts serve audiences moved by the human experience.

The final aspect needed for any celebration of dance is music. Yes it is easy to play the tried and tested, but if everyone did that, well nothing would ever advance. Luckily musician and computer wiz Don Slepian has stepped up to the plate, he has some new material composed for the event and will also be handling the Video aspect.

The event will be on Monday, June 8th, at 8pm
The Ailey Citigroup Theater/The Joan Weill Center for Dance
405 West 55th Street, NYC

Dancers Over 40 presents its fourth song and dance concert, this time in association with Labyrinth Dance Theater, DO40 CARES: Come Back Once More So I Can Say Goodbye, to benefit Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS and the NYC Anti-Violence Project on Monday, June 8th, 2015.

An evening-length concert with live newly-written music, vintage recordings, historic footage, political sound bites and stunning visuals, Come Back Once More So I Can Say Goodbye looks at living through the AIDS plague and fosters an appreciation of our forebears as they experience the passion, dangers, political struggles, loss and hard-earned freedom that epitomized gay life in New York City from 1965-1995.
Featuring DO40 members Ramon Flowers, Fernando Carrillo, Michael Leon Thomas, George Marcy, Arturo Chacon and Patrick McCarthy, with Felicia Norton, Rajika Puri, Lance Roberts, Bill Waldinger, Solomon Dumas, Alex Balmain, Brice Payet, Brady Cudmore, Plu Sayampol, Lucile Jorba Y campo, Jamal Shuriah, Roger Ansanlli.  Music and visuals by Don Slepian.

For tickets:

FOR TICKETS, CALL TELECHARGE starting MAY 1st, 212-239-6200 or telecharge.com. Pricing: $30, $50 & $100. For 20% Member Discount off any ticket price: call TELECHARGE, 212-947-8844 or broadwayoffers.com with DO40 member discount code.  Also, ticket buyers may go to St. Luke’s Theater Box office, 308 West 46th St., between 2 – 6pm daily to avoid service fees. To leave a message for Dancers Over 40, call the DO40 hotline at 212-330-7016

I had the opportunity to talk to John and Sasha, you can listen to the interview here.

Simon Barrett


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