Five businessmen stride across a stage to the sounds of city streets. They gather around a conference table, conduct precision-drill movements with their briefcases, and sit down to begin "The Meeting"--a 12-minute modern dance piece choreographed and scored by Peter Pucci, a former Joffrey Ballet performer and founder of the non-profit Peter Pucci Plus Dancers of Manhattan.
"The Meeting" uses performance art to demonstrate the rituals and politics of business meetings. The piece stars five real-life businessmen from Greenwich, Conn., only one of whom is a professional dancer.
Despite their amateur status, "The Meeting" went over big when it debuted last fall at a benefit for the Peter Pucci Plus Dancers in Greenwich. "A lot of people are still talking about it," says Earle Cote, one of the stars and a 69-year-old retired orthodontist , who sat in his share of meetings while serving on a number of professional boards.
For more information, call Pucci at (212) 254-8030.