Celebrity Series invites all ticketholders to a special post-performance reception and conversation in keeping with the “Look Who’s Coming to Dinner” theme of welcoming and inclusion on both performance days.
Due to the layout of NEC's Plimpton Shattuck Black Box, there will be no late seating for this performance.
Jerome Robbins Award-winning artist Stefanie Batten Bland’s work Look Who’s Coming to Dinner is a modern-day thought-provoking theatrical dance piece that draws from the captivating and widely recognized 1967 film of a similar name. The film and the evening-length dance work share an overarching plot: an interracial engagement, and the familial reactions it garners.
A diverse cast of seven dance theater artists explores universal truths and traumas through dance as they literally and metaphorically seek a seat at an ever-changing dinner table. According to the Brooklyn Rail, the performance is “a powerful work that does not ask, but forces us to take a seat at the table, and see.”
Accompanied by an original score, Stefanie Batten Bland creates a powerful performance at the intersection of contemporary dance and theater, delving into complex human relationships in the context of social, political, and racial issues.
“I think about the table in terms of whom we are going to let come to dinner [after the pandemic]. God, it better change. If we want to survive as a species, we’d better build a bigger table,”
- Stefanie Batten Bland, to Bomb magazine.
This performance is made possible in part by support from Celebrity Series' LIVE PERFORMANCE! Arts for All Innovation Funds.