New York choreographer Doug Elkins creates a joyful, jaw-dropping remix of The Sound of Music, setting everything from ballet to b-boy moves to the original Rodgers & Hammerstein
film score in his truly exceptional work Fraulein Maria.
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Fraulein Maria cleverly deconstructs the Von Trapp legend without killing the spirit that has made it a classic for five decades: Lisel is now a crotch-smelling 6'1" red-headed man in a pink dress
There are three Marias, one played by a Puerto Rican guy, all in turns spunky, demure and terrified.
Doug Elkins & Friends' Fraulein Maria at Portland's Newmark Theatre 1
Elkins rightly explains that it's a "remix," using the example of Jay-Z sampling "Hard Knock Life" from the musical Annie to illuminate ghetto life to explain his own mindset.
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Regardless of the thought process behind the work, what comes through most clearly on the floor is a sense of happiness and delight in the act of dancing itself.
Doug Elkins & Friends' Fraulein Maria at Portland's Newmark Theatre 3
Fraulein Maria
IMAGES: Photos by Chris Roesing/Doug Elkins & Friends'
Top photo: John Sorenson-Jolink, Therman Christopher as Lisel and Rolf in the Thursday, Jan. 13 performance of
at Portland's Newmark Theatre. Middle photo: Cori Marquis, Donnell Oakley, Joshua Palmer, Kellie Ann Lynch in "Do-Re-Me." Bottom photo: "How Do You Solve A Problem Like Maria?" performed by Deborah Lohse, Hilary Brown, John Sorensen-Jolink.