2014 Season

Andrea Kleine – Screening Room, or, The Return of Andrea Kleine (as revealed through a re-enactment of a 1977 television program about a ‘long and baffling’ film by Yvonne Rainer.)

Dec 03 - Dec 06, 2014 | $15.00

Andrea Kleine, an "enigmatic and eccentric" (The New York Times), "brainy, allusive Downtown artist" (Village Voice), whose work is "something like genius" (ArtVoice), has been absent from the stage for a decade. She resurfaces as the choreographer/filmmaker Yvonne Rainer and Rainer's lion-tamer-turned-dancer character "Kristina," transforming a verbatim  talk show interview into an imaginary film recounting Kleine's journey of disappearance.

Luke George – Not About Face

Nov 19 - Nov 22, 2014 | $15.00

An experiment in anonymous intimacy and fake belief, Not About Face questions the nature of the unseen and unspoken agreements/traditions between performer and audience, accessing the supernatural and spiritual as a way to explore what it means to perceive, know and believe. For this performance, audience members are robed in full-body shrouds and join a free-roaming and anonymous gathering in the performance space. We will come together. We will become anonymous. We will fake belief or believe in faking it.

Larissa Velez-Jackson – Star Crap Method

Nov 04 - Nov 08, 2014 | $15.00

Star Crap Method is Larissa Velez-Jackson’s compositional methodology that complicates and redefines the skill set of the contemporary dancer. A trio (comprised of Tyler Ashley, Talya Epstein and Larissa Velez-Jackson) collectively composes the entire work in the moment, including the sound score of live vocals and digital sound. The piece is founded on Velez-Jackson's improvisational practice that embraces technical brilliance and failure in equal measure, ushering in a form of creative limitlessness with opportunities for great humor, vulnerability and absurdity — core values in her work.

THROW

Oct 07 - Dec 16, 2014 | $0.00

Coaching artists through the development of their questions for an audience always teaches me something – and always reinforces the feeling that making art is like drawing a map of the desert in a sandstorm. Even though it’s impossible to draw the map, our attempts bring us closer to understanding the desert, and that’s better than nothing. Plus, the more we compare maps, the better our collective understanding.

Michal Samama – Background Materials

Oct 01 - Oct 04, 2014 | $15.00

Background Materials is a performance event exploring the temporal and spatial aspects of bodily experience. Its focus, paradoxically, is what could be labeled as ‘background experience’: the ‘background noise’ of our daily existence, the sensual data that ties us to the world precisely by not coming under focus. Thus, the performance, though a visual event, highlights elements of ‘background noise’, such as the artists’ breathing, and the tactility of the materials with which she interacts.


Marissa Perel – More Than Just A Piece Of Sky

Sep 17 - Sep 20, 2014 | $15.00

More Than Just a Piece of Sky is a performance that mines personal and cultural exile as a site for the exploration of gender and sexuality, knowledge and power, and ability and disability. Through the mythology of Yentl, largely based on Barbra Streisand's 1983 movie musical  and the story by Isaac Bashevis Singer, Perel and the performers examine their relationships to oppressive cultural constructs and their inherited religious and nationalist narratives. Perel deconstructs the narrative of Yentl to tell a new story, one where difference can create new terms and ways of seeing self and other.

Morgan Thorson – YOU

Jun 18 - Jun 21, 2014 | $15.00

YOU mediates dance as human connection. It explores interpersonal engagement through two practices; one-on-one conversation and solo dances made for one viewer. In this process, the dancers come together in unusual circumstances. they come to the know the awkward state of not knowing each other and they dance it. the audience's presence in the room, and their recognition of the dancers is also primary source material. we will all go there together, quietly.

Ninth Annual Taste Of LIC

Jun 03 - Jun 03, 2014 | $50.00

The Chocolate Factory's 8th Annual celebration of LIC's cultural and culinary excellence, for 1,200 of our closest friends, on the gorgeous East River Waterfront.

Karen Sherman – One with Others

May 28 - May 31, 2014 | $15.00

Dance, words and scrap wood are the raw materials for One with Others, an examination of who we become due to the choices we make—or that others make for us. Crude, handmade wooden appendages—part prop, prosthetic, costume—stand alongside text and choreography to form a trio of jerryrigged tools that dismantle and cobble back together the relationships between people and oneself; affinities and art; and what it means to be seen, handled, used and needed.

Liz Santoro and Pierre Godard – Relative Collider

May 14 - May 17, 2014 | $15.00

We want to know why, we want to know how, and we want to show you what we know. Relative Collider works on the physics of attention, the collision of watching. We imitate each other to imitate ourselves, to show what has not been shown. We trust you while trusting that we do not know. When do we start and when do we finish? We are aware of each other, it is all we can do.

Annie Vigier & Franck Apertet (les gens d’Uterpan) – Topologie

May 01 - May 10, 2014 | $0.00

Five dancers will stride along the streets of Long Island City, forcing themselves to follow the itinerary laid out by the graph standard of Topologie. Over the course of 10 days, they will elaborate a physical score that they accomplish and reproduce in a precise manner. The score is composed of the daily gestures and natural attitudes that they produce, in the same way that a choreography organizes a planned sequence of movements.

Levi Gonzalez – The Craft of the Father

Apr 23 - Apr 26, 2014 | $15.00

This dance starts by looking inward into the body and its internal structures - the nerves, the organs, the fluids, the bones – and uses those structures as a framework for creating the multilayered components of performance. This dance is concerned with sentience – the sentience of body: the body of the performers, the body of the audience, the body of the space and the body of the thing we call “performance”, as if it was all one big collection of nerves and guts and thoughts and feelings.

Amanda Loulaki – FORESTED

Apr 09 - Apr 12, 2014 | $15.00

In FORESTED, Amanda Loulaki flirts with fragmented time, imagery, empty space, non-linear narrative and the extremities of a movement’s physicality. FORESTED is comprised of a series of vignettes incorporating autobiographical elements while presenting the body as a container of history, and the space as a container of the body.

Target Margin Theater – Uriel Acosta: I Want That Man!

Mar 19 - Apr 05, 2014 | $20.00

David Herskovits adapts and directs a new version of this core text of Yiddish theater. James Tigger! Ferguson heads the cast and the production is designed by Lenore Doxsee and Kay Voyce. Apostate, believer, lover, teacher—Uriel Acosta is all of them. And he is too much for the Jews of Amsterdam in the 17th century. When they excommunicate him a struggle ensues in the soul of every thinking, feeling being. Uriel challenges us all.

Mallory Catlett – This Was The End

Feb 21 - Mar 08, 2014 | $15.00

In Chekhov’s play, Uncle Vanya asks - “What if I live to be 60?” This Was The End performs an answer. In a sleep deprived revery, 4 characters, much older, attempt one night to reconstruct the past in a last ditch effort to alter the outcome. This Was The End uses Chekhov’s play to question how memory functions in the formation of the future. What we do with our past? What can we make of it?

Mac Wellman w/ Steve Mellor – Muazzez

Jan 07 - Jan 17, 2014 | $15.00

Muazzez is derived from of a collection of short stories written by renowned writer/playwright/poet Mac Wellman entitled A Chronicle Of The Madness Of Small Worlds. All of the stories in the book take place on various asteroids or planetoids.

Len Jenkin – Fire Over Water

Jan 07 - Jan 17, 2014 | $0.00

Len Jenkin is a self-taught artist, who’s also a playwright, screenwriter, and novelist. His art is influenced by a career in storytelling, stage design, and directing. The paintings are mysterious narratives, the stories hidden and obvious at once, shadowy, strange and ambiguous. They often include language as well as images. He is a painter of internal landscapes, of the imagination, and of the American scene.