Cast of TRANSCENDING FORM by David LaChapelle

From our reader Mark:

“I saw TRANSCENDING FORM this evening and liked it. It is a series of dance pieces performed sometimes to music, sometimes to the accompaniment of live singing by Gina Figueroa, a strikingly beautiful woman with a pretty good voice. The show begins and ends with some sort of birth and rebirth scene (I think). Both are performed in the nude, the first by Vincent Marra, a very cute guy barely out of high school with a lean build , the second by Llor Shneior, slightly more mature, shaved head and lean but more muscular build. Both scenes last around five minutes in which both of our boys cover most of the stage in nude dance. Quite erotic, actually. There is another scene towards the end in which all the male cast members strip off their dance costumes and put on jock straps and white leotard pants, but it is dark and difficult to see anything. (Funny, but the women in the cast also changed their dance attire, but all of that was done offstage) . I had a great seat in the middle of the front row but I think you get a great view from almost every seat, except, perhaps, on the extreme right and left. I would recommend the piece if you like dance. The cost is $15 or what you can afford. It is running most Wednesdays through August. I loved the Theatre, the St. Marks, by the way.”

One more thing, a question, as I am unfamiliar with modern dance and ballet. Was there some kind of significance when the male cast changed their costumes and all but one continued to dance barechested? Was there some significanc in the fourth man wearing a shirt?”

Release Date
‘Transcending Form’at Theatre 80 – 80 St. Marks Placevisit for showtimes and tickets!

Reservations Recommended

Tickets available for$15 online, or at the Box Office for Suggested Donation

‘Transcending Form’ is a 70-minute Theatrical Dance work created by John Byrne
that explores themes of life and the transcending soul. Features live music and set
pieces by David LaChapelle.



  1. Unfortunately the nudity has been removed from TRANSCENDING FORM. At least during the performance I saw on July 13th, both Vincent Marra (at the beginning) and John Byrne (at the end of the piece) wear dance belts. As far as the changing on stage mentioned above, only two of the guys now change on stage (the others go off to change): Vincent Marra (still in his dance belt from the beginning) and Lior Shneior who turns to the side and goes to great lengths to avoid showing anything.

    It’s a shame they’ve done away with the nudity. The piece is intriguing, and it would have been greatly helped to begin and end it with the dancers nude. Vincent Marra is a great find–impassioned dancer who can express a wide range of emotions (to say nothing of being adorable looking.)

    I’m sorry they’re indulging in “bait and switch” to sell tickets.

    1. Its weird they removed the nudity – there is an interview on East Village that discusses it. John Bryne seems to feel it is both important and innocent in the interview.

      1. I, too, thought it was really weird the nudity was cut out. I had seen that interview at the East Village Boys site and Bryne seemed very comfortable both with dancing nude and talking about it–joking they’d gotten so comfortable with it, the stager manager had to remind one of the dancers to put on some clothes before he went out.

        The piece is much weaker and less effective without the nudity. I wish someone who knows John Bryne would ask him why it was removed.

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