Xaviera Hollander and Sherry Midas present:
by Norman Allen Ricardo Melendez as Nijinsky
Nijinsky’s Last Dance by Norman Allen is a one-man drama featuring an outstanding tour-de-force performance by the mesmerizing Ricardo Melendez as the tortured dance great, Vaslav Nijinsky
May 16 2008 - 22.00
May 17 2008 - 20:30
Black Box Theatre in Marbella
Calle Notario Luis Oliver antiqua calle Finlandia
Tel: 34 952 779172
Vaslav Nijinsky, one of the greatest male tortured dancers of all time, was discovered at the tender age of 9. As with many child protégées, the pressure of living in a whirlwind of fame and excitement proved too much for the young star. In less than 90 minutes, the play moves in and out of the dark mind of Nijinsky to tell the story of his rise from obscurity to fame as a young dancer with the Russian Ballet; his innovative dance style that changed the face of modern dance; and his ultimate and tragic descent into madness.
Ricardo Melendez is utterly believable as the unstable and slightly crazed Nijinsky.
Creating a sense of incredible vulnerability, he encapsulates the audience as he tumbles back on a journey retelling the colorful tale through the dancer’s eyes.
“I am Nijinksky, I am Nijinsky, I am…”. This recurring statement evokes a feeling of pity and sorrow as the dancer moves the audience through his extraordinary life with the view that the world makes greater demands than simply the talent that is given by God.
Melendez powers on through the difficult tale, moving swiftly from one character to the next, creating an easily identifiable persona for each. His rippling body tackles this intense piece of physical theatre with ease, and his talent as both dancer and actor leads to an unforgettable performance.
One would believe that they are in the presence of the troubled man himself. Melendez is Nijinksky.
The life and career of Vaslav Nijinsky was as tragic as it was brilliant. Born in 1890, the Russian dancer blazed a trail across Europe, leaping higher and moving quicker than anyone before. Behind the glamorous parties and regal premieres, however, lay a fragile ego and caged artistic genius.
Climbing under the skin of this most complex of men is no mean feat, but Ricardo Melendez spends an hour immersed in Nijinsky's life. On a simple stage, draped with white linen cloths, Melendez takes us from Nijinsky's childhood in St Petersburg to his glory days in Sergei Diaghilev's Ballet Russe. He starts and ends with the tragic vision of this once great dancer, broken and near hysterical in a psychiatric hospital. It's a life story filled with passion and longing. Desperate to hold and, more crucially, be held by the beautiful women who surrounded him, Nijinsky had to forgo such pleasures for the sake of his career. Instead his nights were spent pleasuring Diaghilev and his "saggy bottom".
All of the main players in Nijinsky's life are brought to life by Melendez, with a simple change in stance or voice. It's a script which demands much of its performer - not least the Russian accent - but Melendez rises to the challenge admirably. A former dancer himself, with Alvin Ailey among others, he moves beautifully, albeit in a rather restricted space.Posing to have his picture painted, Melendez strips down to reveal a statuesque body. It is a moving scene which epitomizes Nijinsky's entire personality - well- founded conceit mixed with an almost pathetic vulnerability.
Melendez brilliantly portrays Nijinsky as well as nearly a dozen others who populated the great dancer’s life. The characters include Nijinsky’s lover Sergei Diaghilev, prima ballerina Tamara Karsavina, and artistic champion Auguste Rodin. Through the passionate telling of his own rise and fall, Nijinsky offers his audience a glimpse into a world descending into the chaos of World War I and the challenges facing an artist during this turbulent time.
A one man tour-de-force that delves into the psyche of dance legend, Vaslav Ricardo Melendez (Nijinsky) is originally from San Juan, Puerto Rico and he holds a BA from Butler University and an MFA from Brooklyn College. His acting credits include Hamlet at Theatre 22 and A View From the Bridge at the Gershwin Theatre both in New York City. Regional credits include Becket or the Honor of God, Twelfth Night, Love Valour, Compassion, and A Midsummer Night's Dream. As a dancer, Ricardo is the former Artistic Director of the Ballets De San Juan and has performed with the Alvin Ailey Dance Ensemble Ballet Hispanico of New York and others. He served as principal dancer and Assistant Artistic Director for Dance Kaleidoscope in Indianapolis. He has choreographed for shows all over the world. Ricardo is a member of Actors Equity Association and currently teaches at the Governor's School for the Arts.
“It's a script which demands much of its performer - not least the Russian accent - but Melendez rises to the challenge admirably." --Scotsman Critic’s Choice
"Ricardo Melendez is utterly believable as the unstable and slightly crazed Nijinsky. Creating a sense of incredible vulnerability, he encapsulates the audience as he tumbles back on a journey retelling the colorful tale through the dancer’s eyes. Melendez IS Nijinsky."
"Flawless, Fabulous, Fantastic! Forget the other shows on your list--go see this one!"
--Leon Conrad, United Kingdom
"One truly can leave a theatre feeling they've spent an hour in the company of a hero."
--Gill Edmunds, United Kingdom
Xaviera Hollander, since 34 years part time resident of Amsterdam as well as Marbella - Costa del Sol - , lover of the arts, at long last will be able to live out her dream and produce this haunting theatre performance about the life of the world famous ballet dancer Nijinsky.
Xaviera, author of a.o. the Happy Hooker and another 18 books, has been producing English language theatre in Amsterdam for the last ten yearsand is finally expanding to Southern Spain. Since many years she visits each summer the Edinburgh theatre festival where she handpicks her favorite plays. She recently got married to Philip de Haan, who is her right hand man in most projects she undertakes. She is always reinventing herself so she says about herself. Presently she runs a fun and bohemian style bed and breakfast in Amsterdam and is writing a Total autobiography about her life called “WALL TALK – if only the walls could talk.“
Last year she met Sherry Midas, who has produced many a play in England as well as on the Costa del Sol. She has moved from London to Spain and is trying to introduce a cultural exchange between Spain and anywhere else in the world to promote art in all forms: music , dance and theatre. Well…the inevitable happened , these two most energetic and dynamic ladies, who both love the “spoken word “so much, have decided to team up and bring some exciting and top quality theater to Marbella.
Info + Bookings: Tel: 34 952 779172
or book through www.blackboxteatro.com
Phone Xaviera till 23/04/2008 : 0031206733934
Phone Xaviera after 23/04/2008 : 0034952857575
Xaviera Hollander presenteert:
van Kressmann Taylor Novelle in Briefvorm Regie: Dick Top
Carol van Herwijnen en Huib Rooymans kruipen in de huid van twee bevriende zakenmannen die elkaar schrijven, totdat Hitler aan de macht komt. Max Eisenstein is een joodse Amerikaan van Duitse afkomst en Martin Schultze een naar Duitsland teruggekeerde zakenman, die samen een kunst galerie in San Francisco hadden.
De brief wisseling tussen hen stopt abrupt wanneer Martin in de ban raakt van Hitler en wanneer Max's zus naar Berlijn gaat en de zaken een dramatische wending krijgen. Max zint op wraak. Het is de meest effectieve aanklacht tegen het nazisme dat in druk is verschenen schreef New York Bookreview over deze roman.
Dit indringend en beklemmend verhaal over de teloorgang van vriendschap en menswaardige ideologie en over de opkomst van vijandschap zag in 1938 al het daglicht. Story, het Amerikaanse maandblad, waarin dit verhaal in 1938 verscheen, was direct uitverkocht.
In Nazi Duitsland stond "Address Unknown" op de lijst van verboden boeken. En na de oorlog toen de gruweldaden voorbij waren, was er geen publiek meer voor deze ooit tijdige waarschuwing. Katherine Kressmann is de auteur van Adres Onbekend. Zij was destijds tekst schrijfster voor een Amerikaans reclamebureau. Haar vader was van Duitse afkomst. Zij had literaire ambities. De novelle verscheen onder het pseudoniem Kressmann Taylor, de naam van haar echtgenoot, omdat haar man en de uitgever het te krachtig vonden om onder een vrouwennaam te publiceren.
Ze werd geinspireerd toen enkele intellectuele vrienden naar Duitsland terugkeerden en zich in korte tijd tot het nazisme bekeerden. Kressmann begreep dat niet en begon alles over Hitler te lezen, ze ontdekte vreselijke dingen .Weinig Amerikanen waren zich daar van bewust, de meeste kon het niets schelen.
Ze besloot te schrijven over wat de nazi's deden en het Amerikaanse publiek te laten zien wat er met echte, levende mensen gebeurt wanneer ze worden meegesleept door een perverse ideologie.
In 1995 gaf Story Press, ter herdenking van de vijftigste verjaardag van de Bevrijding , het tot Amerikaanse klassieker gepromoveerde boekje opnieuw uit. De novelle is intussen in veel talen vertaald, vorig jaar werd er een toneelstuk op gebaseerd. Het is een klassieker. Samen gebald en machiavellistisch, met een verrassend hoog werkelijkheids en waarheidsgehalte. Goed opgebouwd met zinnen als in steen gebeiteld.
XAVIERA HOLLANDER PRESENTS: CABARET
Who would be on your Fantasy Party guest list? Some people dream about it. David Benson lives it. Every night he whoops it up with the heroes of his youth.
Imagine having a party at which all your heroes are invited. How many of them would live up to your expectations? And how many would turn out to be a complete nightmare? In this magical, brilliantly performed show David Benson meets Quentin Crisp, Frank Sinatra, Fred Astaire, Judy Garland, Groucho Marx, Noel Coward and many others - and finds out that hero-worship is not all that it seems.
Acclaimed at the Edinburgh Festival 2003, Benson brings Star Struck to Amsterdam for his first-ever appearance in The Netherlands.
tickets with a meal and a drink : euro 55
tickets without a meal but with a drink : 35 euro
For more information and bookings please call
January 26, rest. de Heeren, Herengracht 48, Den Haag, 8 p.m.
January 27, 28, 29, 30, 31 Theater Cameleon, 3e Kostverlorenkade 35, Amsterdam. 8 p.m
"Hilarious, moving and utterly magical entertainment"
THE MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART is an honest and courageous look at man's inherent fear of intimacy and commitment. It is at the same time a sober and candid illumination of the contemporary male psyche. It's the story about a man who has lost hope in his search for a mate, but makes one last attempt by creating the fantasy love of his life.
Together they go on a passion filled, action packed date to the Museum of Contemporary Art; here slowly but surely, the fantasy woman overpowers the man who created her and all hell breaks loose.Its' the dreamiest, sexiest, scariest date that never happened.
ticket without a meal: 35 euro
ticket with a meal: 55 euro
"Brilliant, original and riotously funny,"
"...exquisitely revelatory... a blisteringly funny, hypnotically wild wrestle with the male ego."
Robert Hurwitt, S.F. Examiner
"Rappaport is a virtuoso at expressing all things human."
Joe Adcock Seattle Post-Intelligencer
"A must see show perceptive observations of human nature are matched only by his seductive stage presence."
Barbara Crook, The Vancouver Sun.
"...one of the most exhilarating artists I've encountered...erotic...fresh...alive. All who see this show will be encouraged to open their hearts and bodies to freedom and possibility."
Colin Thomas, The Georgia Straight.
"...amazing physicality...the seductiveness of an uncoiling snake...an honor to bestow."
A. E. White, DB Magazine, Adelaide Australia
"Hilarious...undeniably brilliant...don't miss it."
The Vancouver Courier
"...a tremendously physical, sensual actor...the presence and timing of a great stand-up comic."
Alastair Mabbott, The List Glasgow/Edinburgh
"...entertaining wild fantasy...precise...edgy...engrossing."
The Globe and Mail.
"Great script, mesmerizing performance...astonishing honesty and pure skill.
The Kitsilano News
"His talent and intelligence combined with razor sharp wit and timing make this one of the most hilarious performances of the year."
D. Niedermayer, Fringe Review
Xaviera Hollander presents:
Written & Performed by David Henry Sterry # 1 Play in America
This is the true story of a 17 year-old All-American boy who gets seduced into the sex business. With 70’s music playing in the background, Sterry portrays everyone from his nun/teacher to his employment counselor/pimp, his sweet girlfriend to the man who took advantage of him, his naïve, but charming 17 year-old self to the love-hungry ladies who hired him. Breathtakingly honest, heartbreakingly poignant, surprisingly funny. This is theater that is raw, smart, and universal.
As an appetizer THE GALLERY DONKERSLOOT AND XAVIERA HOLLANDER offer an erotic "Extravaganza fashion show" with Mira Bachvarova and her friends. http://www.gallerydonkersloot.nl
David Henry Sterry is both writer of and performer in the one-man show Chicken, based on his San Francisco Chronicle bestselling memoir Chicken: Self-Portrait of a Young Man . He is also the author of Satchel Sez: the Wit Wisdom & World of Leroy "Satchel" Paige (Crown, Random House, 2001). His next book will be Putting Your Passion into Print (Workman Press, 2004). Two of his stories are featured in 5 Minute Erotica (Running Press, 2003). He has written for, among others, The London Times, Penthouse, The Hairy Orangutan, The Scotsman, and The SF Chronicle.
He started as a stand-up comedian in SF, performing with everyone from Robin Williams to Milton Berle. As an actor he has worked everywhere from Lincoln Center to the Magic Theater, with everyone from Will Smith to Michael Caine, David Letterman, to Zippy the Chimp.
He has been a TV pitchman for AT&T, Levis, and Isuzu, performed in over 500 commercials, winning 4 Clios. He starred in CTW/HBOís Emmy Award-winning Encyclopedia, and was the emcee at Chippendale's Male Strip Club in New York, winning Cabaret Performer of the Year.
His plays have been performed at PS 122, the West Bank Café, and the Duplex. He has written screenplays for Disney, Fox, and Nickelodeon Pictures. He has worked as a chicken, a chicken frier, a paperboy, a soda jerk, a cherry picker, a poet, a building inspector, a limo driver, a baby sitter, a barker, a women ís soccer coach, and a marriage counselor. He graduated from Reed College, and loves his wife, his cat, and any sport involving a ball. David Henry Sterry has been featured in (among others): The New York Times, The London Times, The Sunday Times, Sunday Independent, The Los Angeles Times, The Guardian, The Washington Post, New York Magazine, Elle Magazine, Details Magazine, CBS 48 Hours, NBC The Other Half, BBC Radio, BBC Scotland and Newcastle, and NPR Morning Edition,Weekend Edition, and Talk of the Nation. He recently completed a twenty-five city international tour of Chicken.
The book is being optioned to be made into a film. It was published in the UK in April, 2003, and is coming out in Dutch, German, Croatian, and Spanish. The show, at the Assembly Rooms of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in August, 2003, was named the Number 1 play in Great Britain by The Independent.
Because of his life on the streets, he now volunteers doing outreach with homeless kids on the streets of San Francisco, and running writing workshops with people from the sex industry. In July, 2003, he was a speaker, and ran a writing workshop at the "Breaking the Silence" Youth Summit in Washington, hosted by the Department of Justice, GEMS and the US Campaign against the Commercial Exploitation of Children, 17-22 year old survivors from all over the country gathered to try and change the world.
"A tour-de force."
SF Bay Times
Beth Lisick, SF Gate
"Frank, funny and surreal." ?
"Pick of the week" "Hysterical." ?
"Hard-hitting and universal."
Time Out San Francisco
"Irresistible, very enjoyable." "radiates honesty. Funny, physical, and fast"
#1 Play in Great Britain.
"Poignant". " a rare pleasure." "moving and original." " revealingly honest." Sterry is a sharp comic, using his limber body and versatile voice to create memorably portraits of the hungry, lonely, wealthy women who employ his services." "Sterry needs no other prop than a wooden bench to get full mileage out of the ludicrousness of sex. But what gives it depth is the hard, sad reality beneath its Rabelaisian humor." "Richly entertaining and thought-provoking." "Speaks cleverly and provocatively to anyone who's ever been or had a child."
Robert Hurwitt, Head Theater Critic to The San Francisco Chronicle
"Packed full of energy, the show is fast, provocative, and highly engaging." Jumping to the beat of his poetic script, the dialogue leads David around every square inch of the stage. It is simply unmissable"
"What a rare pleasure it is to see a writer perform his own work . Dream-like profundity. "Sterry's portrayal of his 17-year-old self is immediately honest and believable." "Juxtaposed with his masterful control of poetic dialogue balances the show."
"On an almost empty stage [Sterry] summons up in glorious technicolour an amazing array of characters." "Extraordinary engrossing and touching." "A a great story . It is a must!"
"Graced with insight and empathy, Sterry finds a literary rhythm as fluid and alluring as the strut of his nuthugging elephantbells " a sense of humor as bright and ridiculous as a blood-engorged wangdangdoodle- hammer."
S F Weekly
"Hugely compelling to watch , real skill." "The story is told in deft snippets." "the language is poetic, and a 1970s soundtrack gets the audience in the mood."[a] triumphant story. It ís clear that this is a comedy hiding in a tragedy."
"Sterry writes with comic brio [he] honed a vibrant outrageous writing style and turned out this studiously wild souvenir of a checkered past." ? Janet Maslin, New York Times
"A compelling work." Steve Jelbert, London Times
"A beautiful book. a real work of literature. Wonderfully written." Vanessa Feltz, BBC
"Priceless material" Details Magazine
"Humorous and charming" Outrageous and entertaining." Michael Williams, BBC 1
"A breezy read, pleasingly free of self-pityÖ very funny." The Observer
"Jawdropping. A carefully crafted piece of work. Benedicte Page, Book News, UK
"A 1-night read. Should be mandatory reading for parents and kids." Bert Lee, Talk of the Town
"Few rites-of-passage tales can match up to this one." The Scotsman
"Hilarious." The Guardian (London)
"Alternately sexy and terrifying Chicken is a hot walk on the wild side of Hollywood's fleshy underbelly.A coming-of-age classic that ís colorful, riveting, and strangely beautiful. David Henry Sterry is the real thing." ?
Jerry Stahl, author of Permanent Midnight
"A standup comic's sensibility, tone and timing. I read the book from cover to cover in one night, unable to put it down."
Eliza Thomas, Places Magazine
"Farcical, sad, perceptive." Reality porn for the sophisticated reader."
The Sunday Herald
"Chicken is both funny and disturbing." RTE TV Ireland
"Compulsively readable and very funny. Rarely has the mentality of sex been so scrupulously observed and reproduced. Sterry clearly possesses the storyteller's art." Phillip Lopate, author of Portrait of My Body
"Impossible to put down. A fast-paced jazzy writing style. A great read." Hallmemoirs
"Full of truth, horror, and riotous humor." The Latest Books
"Filled with wit. expertly told escapades. A really good,enlightening, read." Leeds Guide
Xaviera Hollander presents:
by Nessim Zohar
It is worth going to see Nessim Zohar’s production. My Mother's Soup is as full-bodied, flavorsome and exotically enticing as the molocheya soup Tel Aviv’s famous writer/performer Nessim Zohar prepares during the show and is truly a treat for all the senses.As you enter the auditorium the smells of the middle east assault you, wetting the appetite and transporting you immediately to Alexandria in Egypt, where the plot unfolds.
Based around the author's life, this is an enchanting, moving, suspenseful and hilarious production. Memories of his childhood in Alexandria are summoned up and invested with almost idyllic overtones. As he stirs up the secret ingredients of his Molocheya, Zohar leads us on the journey of a young man trying to fight for the love of a mother he adored and hated at the same time.
Witness his secret spites and petty grudges, his terrible innermost secrets and above all, his enduring love and awe for his mother, the woman who fed his heart, mind and soul until the very day she died, reaching for an unreturned hug from her hospital bed. In a bid to ease his terrible guilt and reach some kind of reconciliation with his dead mother, the son prepares her favorite dish, Molocheya, on the anniversary of her death. It will be the first time he has tasted the dish in 50 years, having avoided its consumption out of sheer spite and bitterness since his early boyhood.
Like the soup, Zohar brings his audience slowly to the boil with a tremendously inspired performance that is as professional as anything you will ever see on stage. You will be hooked from the moment you enter until the moment you leave and although you are all eager to go out to the bar for a taste of the famous Molechaya soup, a little part of you wants to call “more , more”.
You will no doubt say with your hand on your heart and a spoon in your mouth, this truly is the tastiest treat you will ever get at any of Xaviera Hollander’s productions
Nessim Zohar was born in Egypt and immigrated to Israel in 1950. He started his acting career with the Haifa repertory company. Receiving a grant for most promising young actor, he lived for some years in New York where he attended the H.B. Professional acting workshop and studied filmmaking at the N.Y.U.
During his long career he played leads and major roles in all the repertory theaters in Israel, appeared on television radio and films. He has written scripts for film and theater and published a collection of short stories. “My Mother’s Soup” is the third one-man show he has written and produced.
Nathan Datner was born in Ramat Gan, and has for the past 25 years starred in all major companies off Israeli Theater. His directing career includes “ Sweet Charity”, “Guys and Dolls”, for acting studios,“Snapshots of a marriage” at Habima National theater, which he also translated and adapted. The musicals “Aladin” and “Cinderella”, he directed for independent producers and lately the Israeli rock opera “Dorian Grey” for the Prague opera house.
This performance is sponsored
by El Al Airlines
Xaviera Hollander presenteert:
door Nessim ZoharBeslist de moeite waard is deze productie van Nessim Zohar. ‘My Mother’s Soup’ is net zo rijk gevuld en smakelijk als de Molocheya soep die deze bekende schrijver en acteur uit Tel Aviv in zijn show bereidt. Al bij binnenkomst komen de exotische geuren van het Midden Oost je tegemoet,die je onmiddellijk naar Alexandria in Egypte vervoeren.