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Emerging and established choreographers of all dance forms showcasing short new work.
Expressions Dance Company performing MOYUBA Choreography by Jenny Efremova
Ishita Mili performing The Elephant Hunter Saga Choreography by Ishita Mili
Luiza Karnas performing InRitmo Choreography by Luiza Karnas
Neville Dance Theatre performing Exposed (excerpt – Section II) Choreography by Brenda R. Neville
Ntrinsik Movement performing Free Indeed (Excerpt 2) Choreography by Michelle Isaac
she mee zoo performing Presenting… Choreography by Caylee Shimizu
Take It Away Dance performing Rhythm and Blues and Shoes Choreography by Pamela Hetherington
Danza Orgánica performing Abuela (excerpt from Melaza) Choreography by Marsha Parrilla
New York City's finest improvisers join forces with the city's finest poets in a unique format: part comedy, part poetry, part theater, part UNPREDICTABILITY. It all begins with an exquisite corpse (aka poem) written collaboratively by the audience. After that the improvisers delve in, building a world around the themes and imagery of the poem, populating it with a cast of characters who are funny, tragic, and in between. Fueling the proceedings is the work of published poets, national slam champions, and up-and-comers from around the world. (Among the cast are performers and poets featured on This American Life, the Onion, and Chicago's Second City.) The whole shebang ends with the performance of a poem inspired by the show and written on the spot.
NYU Skirball's backstage, dressing rooms, hallways and lobby (everything but the theater itself!) will be transformed when AUNTS takes over the building for this special, one-time-only, FREE event. AUNTS brings together contemporary dance artists and audiences for a special immersive party evening. Audiences will be able to wander and experience as many or as few performances as they choose, creating their own experiences through chance encounters.
NYU Skirball's AUNTS event is organized by Laurie Berg, Liliana Dirks-Goodman, Ali Rosa-Salas, and Ash R.T. Yergens. Performers include Alexandra Tatarsky, Christine Elmo, Freedom Dabka Group, Imma, Jahmal B. Golden, Katrina Reid, Lime Rickey International, Nia Love, Jeremy Toussaint-Baptiste, DJ set by Br0nz3 G0d3ss, and more.
Habits, relationships, belief systems, memories — our histories walk among us. And to ignore them is to be haunted by them. Taja Lindley's The Bag Lady Manifesta is an immersive, participatory experience filled with striking visuals and dynamic movement. Audiences are invited to (re)consider what to let go of and what to remember. The Bag Lady is a living Sankofa, of movement, song, theater, and ritual — with the intention to build a collective memory and to create a just future for all.
Behind Closed Doors follows the lives of three young men who are apart of a powerhouse singing trio; smooth, confident, intelligent, topping the charts, and winning the hearts of adoring fans! But beyond the lights and the cheering crowds lie fears, insecurities, and pain! Witness as they each take journeys to the deepest parts of their souls to face some of their toughest battles! We watch as they each learn that in order to be a true king, he must first learn to be a servant and in order to be the head, he must first sit at the feet of Jesus!
A documentary play composed of interviews with college students about their experiences with formal sex education both in and out of the classroom, Blanket Statement is a compilation of verbatim monologues — stories of awkward conversations and confusing interactions, of shame and fear, joy and satisfaction. Inspired by consciousness-raising, the show is political, educational, and cathartic, intended to combat stigma and to promote conversation and open discourse. Such work is crucial at any time and especially now, amid a political and cultural climate that threatens to eliminate access to sexual literacy and health care.
In Blood Boundary (the third and final play of Vicki Lynn Mooney's Broken Heart Land trilogy), James, a young man raised in a white family, must examine his life when confronted with his Cherokee mixed-blood relatives. James faces the tough choice to leave to pursue his medical career abroad or stand beside his family in a time of racial oppression during the dark days of 1920s.
A true story based on the writings and letters of Reginald "Regy" Brett and Charles "Chat" Williamson, along with their classmates Elliot and Beak, during their final year at Eton College in 1870s England. Under the controversially progressive guidance of their tutor, esteemed scholar William Johnson Cory, the four students discover their relationships and sexual identity. As the year continues, they are faced with the brutal realities of life beyond the isolated walls of school while embarking on a journey of self-discovery to find the bravery to love in a world that is often unloving.
Abigail Rockwell, granddaughter of the American illustrator, Norman Rockwell, continues her NYC jazz debut at the Metropolitan.
The play begins with the day of the annual auditions at Grand Central Station for the MTA's Musicians Under New York program, where over 300 applicants are whittled down to the final talented and lucky few. The play alternates between two time frames: a waiting room in the present and the day of the live performances. While in the waiting room, we learn about each and every one of the buskers — their dreams, motivations, and reasons for becoming a New York City busker despite the pessimism of veterans who continually discourage them. The struggle between the hardened veterans and hopeful newcomers leads to a mutual respect between two generations and finally an Underground Cabaret, in which the audience chooses the best musical collaborations between subway musicians. Together they mourn the lost heyday of busking but keep faith in a brave new future.
Shackled by restraints of reality, Frida finds herself unable to paint. In a moment of desperation, she rediscovers her life source — the other Frida.
A performance art piece that explores the idea of finding an independent voice and freedom through female lineage and relationships.
Celebrity Confessions: Live From Broadway is a provocative and intimate piece that is likely to surprise, shock, entertain, and change viewers' lives. The show invites you to spend an intimate evening with personalities from Broadway, TV, and film as they reveal their most personal stories — including testimonies of faith in God and revelations of overcoming life's biggest issues. Each show has its own guests and is distinct from every other.
Toney Brown has fashioned an experimental play based on A Crack Up at the Race Riots by Harmony Korine. The play meditates on the Artaudian notion of psychology and suicide, focusing on how the term "mad" is thrust upon those who dare to speak unbearable truths to society. Theater for the New City's Dream Up Festival will present the piece August 27 to September 16, directed by Brown.
The text of the play is taken directly from the novel and is brought to life on stage with a cast of seven performers. The play starts off with Tupac Shakur reading a letter to his mother followed by several vignettes, occasionally with Shakur interrupting with another letter to a different recipient. Each vignette contains a story of a unique individual in the community, ranging from a 19-year-old crack dealer discussing literature with his ex-high school librarian to a son recounting the abusive relationship his mother and father had over the years. At the end, the performers kill themselves.
Eleanora Duse Dies in Pittsburgh is a short dark comedy written by Don Nigro about the terror and holiness of theater. Famous Italian actress Eleanora Duse finds herself regretful of her past actions and attempts to find some sort of relief, only to be pestered by the comedic interactions of other famous characters around her, leaving her more uncertain of her eventual fate. The actress would like to mend affairs with her daughter, Enrichetta, whom she abandoned for a career upon the stage. But the chaos of the unwelcome intruders frightens and confuses Enrichetta, prompting her to leave her mother once again. Just as all looks lost and unresolved, Duse's companion Desiree introduces her to an aspiring actress named Eva (based on Eva Le Gallienne), who is terrified and nervous about "telling lies" and desecrating the holiness of the theater. Duse realizes then that despite being unworthy of the holy theater stage, it is all she truly has. And that is the paradoxical nature of life and death, light and dark.
Choreographers working in all dance forms workshop 25- to 35-minute pieces on a shared bill curated around the theme "Awareness" with Janice Rosario and Company & SNM Dance Collective.
Frantic Beauty reflects on society's pursuit of, and relationship to, beauty, and features an original score by Emmy-winning composer Jeff Beal (House of Cards). Layering their signature physicality over vivid visual landscapes, the multidisciplinary duo Ximena Garnica and Shige Moriya and the LEIMAY Ensemble return to BAM Fisher with this world premiere.
When 23-year-old performer Walker Vreeland took a job as a lead singer for Norwegian Cruise Lines in 2003, he could never have imagined the voyage that lay ahead. Boarding the Bermuda-bound ship would precipitate a mental breakdown so severe, he would wind up months later at Johns Hopkins Hospital's Mood Disorder Psychiatric Ward. From Ship to Shape is a tragicomic autobiographical monologue about one young man's struggle with mental illness in today's world.
A story reveals the illusion of one's identity in Derek DelGaudio's modern allegory, In & Of Itself. New ways of seeing the unseeable are explored, as memories from yesterday, inexplicable events witnessed today, and secrets imagined for tomorrow all blend together, creating a perpetual paradox of a show. The writer and producers of Nothing to Hide reunite with executive producer Neil Patrick Harris to present this theatrical experience directed by Frank Oz.
In 1965, Life magazine published an astonishing photo essay of two New York City junkies, John and Karen, shot by iconic photojournalist Bill Eppridge. These pictures, the most controversial that Life had ever published, shocked readers by bringing the grim reality of addiction into the American living room. Inspired by these photographs, LIT's creative director Carlo D'Amore explores the potential immersive theater has as a tool for empathic connection. With Live In Theater, these photographs will now come alive.
The infamous "Needle Park" is the backdrop for an interactive journey where 14 participants are immersed in the world of John and Karen. You will traverse the Lower East Side and play roles: friends, family, fellow drug addicts, as you bond and become complicit in the love story at the heart of these "two lives lost to heroin."
Loveless Texas tells the story of two brothers in 1930s Texas. The elder is King Navarre, responsible oil man and cattle rancher, and the younger is Berowne Navarre, playboy and rascal. With the onset of the Great Depression, King enlists Berowne and his college buddies Duke and Bubba to a contract of three years' employment...with the condition of no romance, no drinking, no carousing, no gambling. When four intelligent and beautiful women arrive and demand an audience, all contracts are open for renegotiation.
Loveless Texas is a traditional book musical, with a score in a variety of traditional Americana styles, encompassing Texas swing, bluegrass, blues, Cajun waltz and two-step, and cowboy yodels. It is a fun, joyous, affirmative celebration of the power of love.
Choreographers create...on one condition: they must abide by the same crazy rule!
A seat for contemplation is left maimed on the side of a road, an authentic impulse turns into a loop and loses itself, a meaningful posture descends into vanity and becomes simple imitation. These are remnants of us all — eager, wanting, with bodies unmoved.
Hello, World! I'm Rebeccah. I call myself a dancer. I mostly look like a dancer. But I don't entirely fit. My outline's all wrong. I'm too tall. I'm knock-kneed. I have a hole in the back of my head. But you can have my torso. It's perfect. And you can have my stories, too. Tonight I'll perform them for you from memory…almost. We may need some help along the way.
Seeing You is an immersive experience underneath New York City's High Line park. At once narcotic and eye-opening, the show is the result of a bold collaboration between Randy Weiner, Ryan Heffington, and Cantora (Will Griggs and Nick Panama), featuring environmental storytelling by David Gallo and costume design by Desi Santiago.
A unique project exploring relationship between fashion and dance.
A fund-raiser presented by the Onomatopoeia Theater Company.
Two evenings of theater, dance, and music, featuring these amazing new works:
Weirdos by Yating Sun
Family Values by Nick Bradford
Brooklyn Owes The Charmer Under Me by Burton Fitzpatrick
Relativity by Shelley Molad
Love in the Time of Layoffs by Tanya Fazal
Laurie Berg, the 2016 Tom Murrin Performance Awardee, presents an evening-length performative takeover of Dixon Place. A jewelry show and live performance mash-up, Berg draws from a pastiche of past visual and performative works in what she calls an "early career retrospective" to look towards the future — and it's terrifying. Members of the NYC performance community model their own commissioned jewelry pieces that Berg has created over the past 10 years. The evening will also feature the unveiling of Berg's new cockroach-inspired jewelry line available for purchase after the show!
Told in their own words, Village Voices is a series of interviews with real-life characters in New York's West Village examining firsthand accounts of events including the Stonewall Riots, the HIV/AIDS epidemic, and life as a homeless trans youth in 21st-century America. The underprivileged and forgotten, these interviews bring to life an unknown world that is at times heartbreaking but always gilded with hope and triumph in the face of overwhelming odds.
As children, our freedom and creativity, sense of play, storytelling ability, and constructive tendencies inspired our parents and teachers to believe in our ability to do and be more. As grown-ups, we've lost the ability to play, and live in a world full of anger, hostility, war, and violence. This performance revisits a time when the world was full of innocence, happiness, wonder, and, most importantly, play.