One of the challenges to raising a gifted child is finding books, movies, TV shows and other works that challenge them intellectually without exposing them to content they're not emotionally ready for. (Just because your seven year old can read and understand, say, "The Hunger Games," doesn't necessarily mean that they should.)
The same goes for live entertainment. Your child may be easily bored by kiddie shows with simple plots and cut and dried life lessons, but "The Glass Menagerie" on Broadway isn't exactly the appropriate fit, either.
Fortunately, parents in New York City have numerous options available to hit whichever sweet spot of asynchronous development your child is currently navigating.
To whit, General Mischief Dance Theatre which, this weekend, presented three distinct dance pieces, each modern and abstract and sophisticated enough to hold the attention of an audience that craves a challenging rather than passive viewing experience, but also child-friendly in narrative.
The first piece, "Buzz 2.0" is familiar to any Manhattan native, as the dancers recreate caffine-fueled urban life, from waking up to hitting the streets and elbowing for space on the subway.
The second, "The Shell Game," not only boasted the catchy music of "The Pink Panther," but required keeping a close eye on a red hat that moved from head to head and dared you not to lose track of where it had gone.
Finally, "Suite Shel," premiered five different dances, each based on a poem by the late, great Shel Silverstein: "Circle Road," "Shoes," "Sandbox," "Underface," and "After."
The entire program took only an hour, and even included audience participation, where members were invited to get up and dance or, at the very least, contribute their shoes for one of the numbers. When her sneakers ended up incorporated into a piece, my 6 year old daughter beamed, "My shoes are professional!"
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