Changers, A Dance Story, is a story about love, heartbreak—really relationships and how they change and form as we do … how as humans we can change together or separate, and how sometimes only one person changes. But really (behind-the-scenes) it’s a story of endurance and loyalty, a story of hope that in 10 years from now you’re still sitting across the dinner table from the same faces. At Opening Ceremony, our dinner table is the one thing we can confidently say hasn’t changed much, unless you count it tripling in size.
To celebrate the premiere of Changers and months of preparation we debuted the performance for friends and family Last Sunday evening. Evoking the memories and intimacy of relationships from the second you walked in the door of La Mama Theatre. We installed an apartment in partnership with Sonos, reminiscent of early beginnings, young love … bad decisions. Custom poems were conjured by two poets from the Typewriter Project and there was even a merch table featuring limited-edition pieces of our 15-year anniversary. It was hard to decide if we were backstage or center stage.
The best part was unlike past shows where the whole fam has to be free on one night (which living in New York, we all know how hard that is) people could attend for five straight days. If you were contemplating purchasing a ticket, our friends at American Express Platinum eliminated any such doubt, considering 100% of all sales were donated to the Greater Houston Community Foundation’s Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund. An intimate and innovative experience all for a good cause? It’s safe to say Humberto, Carol and Spike’s names are written all over that.
Since we’re getting old and can’t party every night—we rallied the crew Sunday for an intimate dinner at Chinese dim sum restaurant Tim Ho Wan in the East Village. It was an evening of laughs, cigarettes, and of course, really freaking good food. Our humble hosts Humberto, Carol and Spike reminisced with old (and new) friends including stage stars Mia Wasikowska and Lakeith Stanfield, collaborators Sam Spiegel and Sam Levy, long-time friends Kelela and Alia Shawkat, and to no one’s surprise, Humberto’s mother Wendy made a stylish appearance.
Sharing food is like sharing a secret; it’s intimate, it’s satisfying and it tastes damn good. Dinner reservations are made for the relationships that have been going strong since the beginning (15 years to be exact), and for the ones that have joined us along the way. Opening Ceremony is officially a teenager, and teenage love is hard. It’s emotional, it’s chaotic, yet it’s something we all wish we could feel again. We may not have always been monogamous, but we’ll always be your high school sweetheart.