About this commission
A World Premiere Shed Commission
In Maze, a powerful new production from street dance pioneer Reggie ‘Regg Roc’ Gray co-directed by Kaneza Schaal, masters of Flexn, a form of street dance with roots in Jamaican Bruk Up, perform in an architectural maze of light. Maze explores the puzzles and poetry of human coexistence, and the visible and invisible forces that guide our lives, taking on such social issues as the school-to-prison pipeline and systemic racism in the justice system. Live singing and drumming accompanies the performers, responding to their movements as they dance—at times face to face with the audience.
Swedish-born, Los Angeles-based lighting designer Tobias G. Rylander began his career on the technical side of the industry for several years as a lighting technician at local lighting companies and at the Swedish Royal Opera. In 2007, he begin to design and tour with European acts such as Lykke Li, Fever Ray, and Miike Snow. Within just a few years, he gained worldwide recognition as a highly innovative, daring, and accomplished lighting and live show conceptual design, working with acts such as The xx, Mark Ronson, Phoenix, and the Strokes.
Rylander has recently branched out into the fashion world, designing runway shows and events for clients like Balenciaga and Calvin Klein. He continues to create stage and lighting designs most recently for acts such as The 1975, Robyn, FKA Twigs, London Grammar, Little Dragon, and Skepta. His most recent work is an multisensory art installation in collaboration with Karen O and Danger Mouse at the Marciano Art Foundation in Los Angeles. Rylander was awarded the prestigious Knights of Illumination 2016 award for his work with The 1975.
Creating Maze has been a labyrinth of its own. From the beautiful architecture of lights and the harmonic sounds of live voices, we capture true emotion. We capture tradition with the sounds of taiko and djembe drums all while keeping the integrity of our Flex Dance Music (FDM) sounds. These amazing flexn artists embody the true meaning of finding one’s self within the maze of our own bodies. Audiences will be mesmerized by the smooth touch of a glide, heart-stopping pauses, and bodies moving across the stage on their knees as if they are on ice. These dancers paint stories of a bone crushing society as they make way for hope of a better future.
— Reggie ‘Regg Roc’ Gray, Co-director
The D.R.E.A.M. Ring
The strongest tool of an ensemble is a culture of the group. It is a very special gift to be invited into a company and be trusted with this tool. The physical experimentation and intellectual rigor of The D.R.E.A.M. Ring company is joyful creative material. As each of us on the project considers our personal experiences with the abuse of state power infiltrating our most intimate lives, we explore individual and collective mythologies that break open cycles of limited freedom. What if Daedalus, maker of the Labyrinth, the great craftsman—what if the wings he gave his son Icarus were aided and fueled by the sun’s power? How do we construct our prayers for a next generation? Each section of Maze is a vignette, a poem, a story, an invitation to consider the interconnected nature of our collective flight and freedom.
—Kaneza Schaal, Co-director
Ryan A. Ross, Stage Manager
Ryan A. Ross is a recent graduate from Syracuse University with a BFA in stage management. Ross has worked on The Shed’s Soundtrack of America and with The First Annual Trump Family Special, The Wrong Box, Lost in Yonkers, Tenth Man, Red Bull Theater, Broadway Cares Equity Fights AIDS, the York Theatre Company (Desperate Measures and Unexpected Joy), the Williamstown Theatre Festival, and the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
Lauren Cavanaugh, Assistant Stage Manager
Seth Huling, Head Audio
Maytte Martinez, Head Electrician
Stephen Sury, Lead Carpenter
4 Wall Lighting, Additional Lighting
Sound Associates, Additional Audio
Special thanks to Nike
Tamara McCaw, Chief Civic Program Officer
Solana Chehtman, Director of Civic Programs
María Fernanda Snellings, Assistant Producer, Civic Programs
Maggie MacTiernan, Director of Artist Services
Marc Warren, Director of Production
Neal Wilkinson, Production Manager
Isaac Katzanek, Production Manager
Pope Jackson, Production Supervisor
Location and dates
Saturday at 7 pm and 9:30 pm
Sunday at 2 pm
- Running time: 65 minutes, no intermission
- This performance includes the use of haze and fog effects, and flashing lights
- This performance is part standing, part seated. Visitors may request seats for the full performance via our visitor experience staff
- The Shed’s Hudson Yards Public Square entrance and coat check will be closed from July 29 through August 5; please enter through the 30th Street entrance
- Membership does not guarantee ticket availability, so we encourage you to book early
- All tickets sales are final; times and performers are subject to change
Thank you to our partners
The creation of new work at The Shed is generously supported by The Lizzie and Jonathan Tisch Commissioning Fund and The Shed Commissioners.
Major support for live productions at The Shed is provided by the Charina Endowment Fund.