A pas de deux of desire and death, a midlife crisis, a coming of age, and a search for the Fountain of Youth at the resort of the eternally brokenhearted.
Set in those hazy and culturally liminal years of the late 1970s becoming the 1980s, The Grand Paradise was a tropical resort that purported to be the home of the original, genuine Fountain of Youth whose waters promise to quench our deepest longings. Greeted with a tropical drink, a garland of flowers, and an overly-cheerful activities director, visitors encounted the resort’s resident population; characters who embody the era’s shifting and blurring values — a rogue’s gallery of eccentrics, hustlers, eternal youths, gods, monsters, disco queens, and con men. Guests were invited to explore the resort and beaches, watch a floorshow, follow performers into one-on-one encounters, and trade their faded ideals for shiny new illusions.
PRaise for the GRAND PARADISE
"Using the ’70s as a time frame turns out to have been an inspired idea... “The Grand Paradise,” the latest and lushest of the many immersive theater spectacles to set up camp in New York in recent years, traffics in instant nostalgia. Created by Third Rail Projects, this interactive tour of an imaginary Floridian pleasure palace from the 1970s manages to summon romantic promise and regretful retrospection in a single, ocean-air breath."
– Ben Brantley, The New York Times
"Theatergoers are alternately voyeurs and participants in the family’s dark or erotic altercations.”
– Robert Kahn, NBC New York
‘The Grand Paradise’ the latest immersive theater experience
"extremely impressive in the scope of its detail.”
– Matt Windman, amNewYork
Theater: Almost 'Paradise;' Awkward 'Affair'
“… it shows that whatever era you're living in, moments of true intimacy are rare and precious and best appreciated quietly, one on one, with the curtains drawn."
- Michael Glitz, Huffington Post
"Third Rail is leaving behind the Victorian era of Then She Fell and transporting audiences to more recent times: a hedonistic Florida resort in the late 1970s that may or may not contain the Fountain of Youth.There they will be guided through the kind of curated one-on-one interactions that make “Then She Fell” popular, while also having the freedom to choose their own scenarios."
- Diep Tran, The New York Times
"Though it feels spontaneous, it also always feels like you’re exactly where you should be. The Grand Paradise will maintain this strategic intentionality, but dials up the audience agency."
– Brian Schaffer, Dance Magazine
“[The dancers] made good on these implicit invitations by stretching, folding and curving themselves (together and separately) into poses of languor, excitement, giddiness and loneliness”
– Ben Brantley, The New York Times
"Brooklyn-based experiential dance theater company Third Rail Projects is capitalizing on the current success of Then She Fell in Williamsburg, which allows the audience to be more involved in the show, and is bringing that concept to Bushwick with a new act."
- Liam La Guerre, Commercial Observer
"A “family” of six is dancing in sync on the picnic table in the yard. Inside, a man and a woman are lying in fetal positions on the built-in bookshelves; and upstairs, another couple are practicing some moves inside a large closet." "Eventually (though not this summer) the outside performance will meet the inside performance in an overall project called [The Grand Paradise]"
-Helene Stapinski, The New York Times
Dream-like experience @GrandParadiseNY, full of illusion, probing questions of love, identity, desire. What we want, what we choose to be.
I have 70's era perfume on my wrists and glittery champagne on my tongue. A good night at The Grand Paradise was had.
Remarkably, @GrandParadiseNY has somehow made me nostalgic for something that happened literally yesterday. There's still sand in my shoes.
I had the great fortune to experience @GrandParadiseNY two nights ago and I haven't stopped thinking about it since. beg/borrow/steal, GO!
@GrandParadiseNY was stunning and left me feeling both exuberant and very aware of my mortality. The kind of theatre that speaks to my soul.
Seriously...if you haven't gone to Paradise yet, what are you waiting for???
Anyone in NY desperately needs to check out @GrandParadiseNY - one of the most incredible, intimate theatre experiences of all time.
If you're not sure whether or not I thought flying to NYC for @GrandParadiseNY was worth it the answer is YES.
@GrandParadiseNY was a whole new rabbit hole. I left dazed and unsatisfied. I awoke yearning to return. Thank you for a wonderful vacation.
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