Labyrinth Dance Theater in association with Dancers Over 40 and Friends, present
Come Back Once More So I Can Say Goodbye
Passion, Struggle, Loss and Freedom: Gay Life in New York City 1965-1995
Conceived, Choreographed and Directed by
a concert to benefit
Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS and the NYC Anti-Violence Project
Performed and filmed at
the Ailey Citigroup Theater/The Joan Weill Center for Dance June 8, 2015
Come Back Once More So I Can Say Goodbye is an evening-length concert featuring a cast of 25 dancers and 7 musicians. The show is a fusion of dance, live original music, vintage recordings, historic footage, political sound bites and stunning visuals. Come Back Once More portrays with depth and humor the unyielding bravery and camaraderie of a community that found strength and came together during those turbulent times.
By the end of this performance, the audience was on their feet, in tears and cheering.
"Come Back Once More So I Can Say Goodbye
is extraordinarily wonderful and inspiring!"
- Larry Fuller, Broadway choreographer
Sweeney Todd, Evita, On The Twentieth Century
"Come Back Once More is a MASTERPIECE.
TheStonewallscenewith the dancers rolling in front of the blazing screen -electrifying!"
- Larry Raiken, 8 Broadway shows, 5 seasons New York City Opera
"Having worked with all the seminal choreographers, Sasha is right up there.
Her artistry shines through in this magnificent piece of theater, music and dance which I am honored to have been a part of.
It's funny, too! Everyone should see it."
- George Marcy - Bernardo, original Broadway production of West Side Story
"Come Back Once More truly a joint effort to preserve the History, Legacy and Lives of all of us
who were affected over the past decades by injustice and intolerance."
- John Sefakis, Dancers Over 40, Co-Producer
Dancers: SARITA ALLEN, QWEEN AMOR, ALEXANDRE BALMAIN, DOUG BARRON, AMANDA BRENNAN, FERNANDO CARRILLO, BRADY CUDMORE, SOLOMON DUMAS, MARCOS DURAN, RAMON FLOWERS, PRISCILLA GRECO, LUCILE JORBAYCAMPO, LIZ LITTLE, STANLEY LOVE, GEORGE MARCY, PATRICK MCCARTHY, CONSTANCE NICOLAS, FELICIA NORTON, BRICE PAYET, CLINTON POWELL, LANCE ROBERTS, PLU SAYAMPOL, SABRINA SHAPIRO, JAMAL SHURIAH, BRIAN SLEPIAN, MICHAEL LEON THOMAS, EMILY VETSCH, BILL WALDINGER, JESSE WHITE.
Musicians: ROGER ANSENELLI, singer, crystal bowl; SHAWN BARNETT, composer, violin; ISABEL CASTELLVI, composer, cello; JOSE ARTURO CHACON, baritone; ALEXANDRA JOAN, piano; TIM McCARTHY, French horn; JAVIER OVIEDO, saxophone; DON SLEPIAN, keyboards.
EILEEN M. ARNOLD, stage manager; JULIE H. DURO, lighting; DON SLEPIAN, video projections, audio collages; MARIELA JIMENEZ, JAN JULIA, assistants; AMANDA BRENNAN, costumes; Karen Young, costume for Quickening; BOBBY MILLER, photos used in concert; videotaping: EVE CUYEN (Harlem Pictures), MANNY SANTIAGO (Thirteen/WNET), CHRIS ASENCIO (NY1), DAVID MUSIAL (One World Artists); EVE CUYEN, video editing; JEFF EASON, photography; JAVIER HERRERA, promo video.