When: Feb 22 2014
Where: Little Theatre
Valerie Green/Dance Entropy
Sat Feb 22, 8pm & Sun, Feb 23, 2:30pm, Little Theatre
Bold, rich in texture, and visually theatrical. Valerie Green’s work intertwines an extreme exploration of human behavior, while exhibiting raw physicality mixed with human vulnerability. Dynamic images feature unexpected interactions that will leave you on the edge of your seat. The evening will feature two premiere works; Hinge accompanied by original music played lived on stage in collaboration with MuSE, Multicultural Sonic Evolution, and Womb a dance/video work in collaboration with artist Rodney Zagury.
"One of the most inventive dance pieces this reviewer has witnessed."
Justine Sutton, Noozhawk
Tickets: $15 Advance/$20/$10
When: Mar 7 2014
Where: Main Stage Theatre
KADOGO: Amy Marshall Dance Company
Fri, Mar 7, 8pm, Main Stage Theatre
AMDC presents the premiere of Kadogo, meaning “child soldier” in Kiswahili. Kadogo is Ms. Marshall’s response for how children across the world are being stripped of their childhood and moral psyche and instead handed guns meant to kill, sometimes their own families. To add to the power of this program, AMDC will be joined with special guest appearances of several local high school dancers who auditioned and were hand selected to dance in this premiere. Original music by Matthew A.C. Cohen. Costumes by Meredith Vanscoy. The Amy Marshall Dance Company, an Astoria, NY based company, was established in 2000 with a clear mission to bring storytelling to life through dance.
Tickets: $15 Advance/$20/$10
When: Mar 14 2014
Where: Little Theatre
A LIFE IN BOOKS
Fri, Mar 14, 8pm, Little Theatre
Writer, artist, performer Warren Lehrer presents a funny and thought-provoking multimedia performance/reading based on his acclaimed new novel, A Life In Books: The Rise and Fall of Bleu Mobley. An illuminated novel, A Life In Books contains 101 books within it, all written by Lehrer's protagonist, a controversial author who finds himself in prison looking back on his life and career. In the performance, Lehrer presents an overview of Bleu Mobley's life in books via many of Mobley's cover designs and other biographical materials including animations, and video performances of book excerpts by the band BETTY, actress/poet La Bruja, beatbox artist Chesney Snow, and a live appearance by actress/author Judith Sloan. The resulting retrospective explores the creative process of a writer/artist, as it reflects upon a half century of American/global events, and grapples with the future of the book as a medium as well as the lines that separate and blur truth, myth, and fiction.
“...Like a Russian Matryoshka doll, 101 books are nested within the tale of Mobley's life. Pitch perfect!" Steve Heller THE ATLANTIC
"A vivid kaleidoscopic odyssey that frames one man’s life through one hundred different books... An unmistakably modern evocation of the illuminated manuscript."
Jessica Helfand, writer, designer, founding editor Design Observer
When: Mar 26 2014 - Apr 2 2014
Where: Main Stage Theatre, Little Theatre, and Black Box Theatre
ROUGH DRAFT FESTIVAL #RoughDraftFest
Wed, Mar 26- Wed, Apr 2, Little Theatre
A window into the creative process, The Rough Draft Festival is a showcase of exciting new work currently under development by LaGuardia Performing Arts Center and other companies. Highlighted by performances at the ON-stage theater; interactive Q&A sessions; and online opportunities to engage the artists with social media, The Rough Draft Festival runs Wed, Mar 26 - Tue, Apr 1. Participating artists include: Built for Collapse who Time Out NY called, “An ambitiously subversive young troupe”; Debut readings from LPAC New Play Development Residents; and co-curators Audrey Dimola and Tyler Rivenbark create an immersive theatre experience in site-specific locations throughout the LAGCC campus.
All performances are FREE and followed by Q&A
For reservations, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
"Since 2006 the LPAC Lab Residency Program has hosted more than 50 artists and art organizations. The Rough Draft Festival is a celebration of artists/organizations and work has been developed at LPAC. Rough Draft like LPAC lab features a wide array of artists at different stages of their careers. But one thing brings them all together passion, creativity and talent. I am so pleased to work with them again on the Rough Draft Festival.“
LAB Director, Festival Curator, Handan Ozbilgin
ROUGH DRAFT FEST Opening Event, Fri, Mar 27, 9pm-12am
Site-specific performances by Rough Draft participants, live DJ, interactive social media installations.
Built For Collapse Workshop, 230pm, Main Stage
Form and Content Energy: What is your relationship to energy? If you are around happier
people, are you happier? Observe how people's energy alters your energy. How do energies play off each other? Study the mechanics of emotion. We will discuss energy on stage through a series of exercises that help explain and shed *light* on the five different bio-energetic structures and their relationship to emotional storytelling through performance.
New Play Development Reading, 7pm
Babies Just Roll by LPAC resident Kathryn Hathaway
Debut play reading developed over course of '13-'14
Built for Collapse Workshop, 1030am, Dance Studio
Visual Storytelling through Physical Performance
Led by Built for Collapse Artistic Directors, the class is aimed at the full artist (performers, directors, choreographers, writers, designers, and visual artists are welcome). Driven by a spirit of collaboration, we invite participants from all disciplines and backgrounds. BFC will explore their image based approach to devised theater-making, focusing on developing the tools needed to create original work and applying them to bodies in space.
Christina Martinez by Dan McCabe
Debut play reading developed over course of '13-'14 season
Unstaged: A Playwriting and Performance Experiment, 3-9pm
Co-curators Audrey Dimola and Tyler Rivenbark
All day installation blending performance and audience to create immersive theatre in site-specific locations throughout LaGuardia Community College. Join co-curators Audrey Dimola and Tyler Rivenbark, along with other playwrights and performers as they crack open the theatrical process and allow the audience to participate. Ten playwrights will be paired with small groups of performers to write, rehearse, and stage individual short plays LIVE on the spot. Each part of the process will happen before your eyes, inspired by the space, the audience, and random interactions. At any given moment, a play will be written and rehearsed while another will be performed in separate areas of the college. Attendees are invited to migrate from location to location over the course of the free-form event, observing and interacting with the playwrights and performers, helping to mold each new work. In addition, all of the playwrights will contribute to two communal plays, which will be written and projected in real-time throughout the event. The evening will culminate with a presentation of both communal plays and a celebration of all participants.
RED WEDNESDAY, Work-In-Progress, Built For Collapse Theater, 7pm:
Against the brutality of time and politics, RED WEDNESDAY seeks to rescue and redefine our civilization's legacy through lens of a family born into revolution. Inspired by the controversial story of Sadegh Ghotbzadeh, Iran's Foreign Minister during the 1979 hostage crisis, and written by his great-niece, the production unpacks the core issues at play between Iran, US and global interests, paying special attention to those left to clean up the mess when we blow each other up. Confessions of unrest, reformation, decadence, and loss conspire to provide conclusive evidence of the glamou of an era that is dying and the valor of a new age that is emerging. Ultimately RED WEDNESDAY gives voice to a rising global counterculture,
providing a more kaleidoscopic lens through which to view revolution.
Writing Workshop with New Play Development curator Francine Volpe, 230pm.
When: Mar 29 2014
Where: Main Stage Theatre
LPAC presents in collaboration with the Carnegie Hall Neighborhood Concert Series:
Sat, Mar 29, 3 pm, Main Stage Theatre
Japanese drumming collective Soh Daiko takes its name from characters meaning “peaceful, harmonious drums.” Performing on drums, bamboo flute, brass bells, conch shells, and gongs, its varied repertoire ranges from original compositions to traditional Shinto music. Much more than just percussion, Soh Daiko’s performance includes dynamic choreography, endurance, and explosive energy.
When: May 14 2014 - May 15 2014
LPAC Humanities Collaboration:
IN THE HEIGHTS
Written by Quiara Alegría Hudes
Directed by Stephanie Sertich
Wed, May 14- Sun, May 18, Main Stage Theatre
Wed, May 14 - 2:30 & 7:30pm
Thu, May 15 - 7:30pm
Fri, May 16 - 2:30 & 7:30 pm
Sat, May 17 - 7:30pm
Sun, May 18 - 2:30pm
When: Jun 25 2014 - Jun 28 2014
THREE GRACES (Work-In-Progress)
Written by Ruth Margraff
Directed by Handan Ozbilgin
Opera & music by Nikos Brisco's Cafe Antarsia Ensemble
Wed, Jun 25, 8pm
Thu, Jun 26, 2:30 & 8pm
Fri, Jun 27, 8pm
Sat, Jun 28 8pm
*THREE GRACES is a Greek/Ottoman tavern opera with music by Ruth
Margraff and Nikos Brisco's Cafe Antarsia Ensemble*
*THREE GRACES is haunted by the defiance of young rebels and artists
in public squares and epic taverns at the end of the Ottoman Empire and
right now in Istanbul and Athens. This is a panoramic Iliad for the
protestors of modern Greece and Turkey, inspired by Nikos Kazantzakis, Greek blues and Turkish art.
Tue, June 24, 8pm Dress Rehearsal(Open to Public)