Sweeney Todd: the demon barber of fleet street

In September 2015, Barruch was the DANCEworks choreographer-in-residence at the Lobero Theatre in Santa Barbara, California. During the process, which was mentored by acclaimed choreographer and dancer Margie Gillis, a group of six performers was led by Barruch in developing a new interpretation of Stephen Sondheim's Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, emphasizing the role in which the body is used to portray both character and narrative. 

In this scaled down production, the role of the dancer in the musical theater genre has been expanded as never before. Each performer must convey their character both vocally and physically, while also using their body to portray other inanimate phenomena in the production, from Sweeney's famed razors to the ocean that carries him back to London. The goal of the four-week process was to begin adapting the material and create a new paradigm that would eventually be used to stage a full-scale production. After four weeks of intensive work, the company finished staging the musical material of Act One and performed on the stage of The Lobero Theatre to enthusiastic critics and audiences.

In October 2016, Adam Barruch / Anatomiae Occultii held another two-week residency to be held in Manhattan. During this time the cast re-examined the material generated in Santa Barbara and held two studio showings at the Signature Theatre. 

In August 2017, the entire cast is reuniting in upstate New York at Lake Placid Center for the Arts to begin working on the next stage in the creation process for Act II. 


Erik Abbott Main, Adam Barruch, Chelsea Bonosky, Cris Frisco, Margie Gillis, Tim Heck, Charissa Kroeger, Jodi McFadden, Zach McNally, Haylee Nichele, Matty Oaks, Lily Ockwell