By Monk Parrots
March 12 – March 30, 2014
Concept, Direction, Production Design by Luke Leonard, Libretto by Kirk Lynn, Music by Peter Stopschinski
This world premiere opera celebrates the improbable life of Bum Phillips, a National Football League legend and American icon. Inspired by Phillips’ motivational skills and homespun principles, this epic portrait of Bum Phillips pushes the boundaries of where and for whom opera is staged.
By Yara Arts Group
March 15 – March 16, 2014
Yara’s concert piece on Taras Shevchenko & Ira Aldridge.
In 1858 the Ukrainian poet Taras Shevchenko was set free after 9 years imprisonment. He met the great African American actor Ira Aldridge and drew his portrait.
March 13 – March 16, 2014
Curated and Hosted by Kid Lucky
The variety of beatbox performance styles and forms is showcased in this three day event includes an open mike, beat rhyme battles, and vocal wars featuring some of the leading beatbox artists in America. Special appearances by 2013 Beatrhyme Battle and Vocal Wars Winners – Kaila Mullady, Baba Israel & Yako 440
March 15, 2014 at 11am
Hailing from NYC the ‘beat rhyming’ duo of Kid Lucky and Kaila Mullady combine beatboxing, rapping, spoken word, scatting, and vocal sound effects into an awesome display of vocal abilities that translates into amazing songs and a good time! They explore all realms of American music: from hip hop and electronic music (like trap and techno), to funk, jazz, rock, and soul. Their signature technique is a new vocal style called beat-rhyming: the combination of beatboxing and rhyme flow or ‘floetry.’
March 20 – March 23, 2014
A Karmic Accounting / Interrogation Ritual to take ownership of a decade of repression, war, and security paranoia. How incriminating is an average life? Aluna theatre uses security technology as a storytelling medium, to explore our need to change the world in order to preserve it.
March 21 – March 22, 2014
Curated by Nicky Paraiso
In the spirit of rebirth, renewal and the resurrection of the spirit, we celebrate all things new as well as all things old made new again. A host of downtown luminaries will take the stage each night, including Lucy Sexton, Laurie Berg, Mike Iveson, Salley May, John Heginbotham, Shane Shane, the return of the All-La MaMa Ding-Ding Chorus, and special guest singer/songwriter extraordinaire Dane Terry! Plus surprise guests as always! Shed your winter layers, and celebrate all things Spring!
March 27 – April 13, 2014
Five humans meet in an empty space. Each one individually is determined to escape and be free. The space is the place, the place and time is unknown. The characters are A,B,C,D and a girl. Is this a reality or a game of the mind? Are they going to find out, who they are, what they and why they are?
March 28 – April 13, 2014
Persephone takes a dive. Hades drops some knowledge. Join The Nerve Tank and composer Admiral Grey for a contemporary reboot of the abduction myth. The Maiden explores questions of power and showmanship in the context of a trailer park nightclub, blending found text, choreographed movement, and live music to rip into a kidnapped psyche.
Poetry Electric - Poetry Reading Series
March 31, 2014 at 8pm
A group of diverse performance poets explore the concept of privilege in terms of race, class, sexuality, and gender with poignancy, and a necessary dollop of acerbic wit. Throughout the evening, queer folk duo Anna/Kate will perform, musically joining the conversation on stage. Performers include Justin Woo, Sarah M. Duncan, Safia Elhillo, Kate Foster, Anna Gothard and many more.
April 2 – April 20, 2014
Closing reception April 19th 6 to 9 pm. Roberto Juarez will be taking over La MaMa Galleria for a month during which he will set up his studio and make new work. The space itself is the site of his first NYC studio in 1981. Ellen Stewart allowed him to paint his first one [...]
By DJ Spooky
April 10 – April 13, 2014
Seoul Counterpoint is an audio/visual anthropology, a breathing composition that juxtaposes the diverse landscapes, histories and sonic cultures of Seoul and New York. DJ Spooky’s unique style of “turntableism,” traditional Korean elements, robotics and computer-generated visuals by CultureHub collide in the New York premiere of the project developed during a two month residency at the Seoul Institute of the Arts.
April 17 – April 27, 2014
A celebration of the wildly inventive works of Tom Murrin (a.k.a. The Alien Comic), featuring plays, readings, street performances, art and more.
By Zishan Ugurlu
April 17 – April 20, 2014
Conceived and Directed by Zishan Ugurlu
After Horace McCoy’s novel, They Shoot Horses, Don’t They?
featuring students from Eugene Lang College, The New School University for Liberal Arts
Marathon Dancing – Letters to Wall Street in the Era of Wonderful Nonsense portrays the grueling and competitive world of 1930s dance marathons and parallels today’s exploitative reality show culture, framed by the current economic crisis. Marathon Dancing features letters written to bank executives by angered individuals, read live by the writers themselves, bringing to light the brutal effects of the economic collapse of 2008.
April 24 – April 27, 2014
A story of displacement and return interwoven into the third chapter of Darangen, an epic song cycle from Mindanao, Philippines, shared by the Maranao, Maguindanao and Iranun tribes. Pagbabalik is a visually stunning work that examines the past and its continued relevance in today’s society, using dance, live music and chants to discover how identity is broken and fractured by greed and corrupting power and the final reclaiming of the strength of renewal.
May 1 – May 4, 2014
The French dubbed their colonies “Le Confetti” as if they were merely a place to party, but the rich musical heritage from Guadeloupe, Haiti, La Reunion and Martinique show deep roots and magical connection that go well beyond confetti. Le Confetti Jazz Festival is a fusion of French and Caribbean musicians, featuring Jacques Schwarz- Bart, creating unique crossover sounds destined to inspire conversations about race, politics and musical methodology.
May 1 – May 11, 2014
By Sonia Sanchez
Directed by SC2
Six women reconnect in a Harlem apartment at the beginning of the 21st Century. Once all 1960s activists, they have not seen each other for twenty years. The women move about the apartment like contraband, trailing an undertone of unresolved battles and nervous anticipation. Belly, Buttocks, and Straight Spines is a world premiere by Sonia Sanchez.
May 3, 2014 at 7-9pm
Saturday, May 3rd, 2014 7-9pmLa Galleria 6 East 1st Street Purchase tickets HERE Single Tickets: $150 Host Committee: $1500 (2 tickets; pre-reception champagne toast) Silver Patron: $5,000 (4 tickets; pre-reception champagne toast; 1 lottery ticket) Gold Benefactor: $10,000 (6 tickets; pre-reception champagne toast; name on all printed materials; luncheon with selected artists; 2 lottery tickets) [...]
May 22 – June 8, 2014
by Skysaver Productions
Conceived and Directed by Theodora Skipitares
Loosely inspired by Ionesco’s absurdist classic, The Chairs, Theodora Skipitares creates a post-apocalyptic world in which an old woman, portrayed by a 10-foot puppet, invites guests to hear an important message about the meaning of life. One by one, a collection of 25 chairs appears, each one a unique performing object with something important to say. Judith Malina (of The Living Theatre) stars.
By Magic Theatre Company
May 29 – June 15, 2014
The Gospel of Mark written in the First Century
Performed by George Drance
Directed by Luann Jennings
Written during Nero’s brutal persecution of the followers of “the way,” the Gospel of Mark was recited in its entirety to give courage to this community of quiet rebels, whose way of radical compassion threatened the Empire’s status quo. *mark is a solo performance by George Drance, with music by Elizabeth Swados, that seeks to reclaim the original power and urgency of this ancient message.
May 23 – June 1, 2014
4 Clowns is a physical, musical and emotional journey into what it means to be human. Follow four clowns – sad, mischievous, angry and nervous – as they reminisce about their past. The old adage says ‘laughter is the best medicine,’ but laughter comes most earnestly when reflecting on past sorrows. As the clowns tell their tales of woe and elation from childhood to adulthood we discover that they are all the same…and so are we.
June 6 – June 15, 2014
Written & Performed by Marga Gomez
Directed by David Schweizer
Acclaimed performer Marga Gomez portrays a crew of incurable romantics as they chase their hearts’ desires – into the night, through decades, and to insane lengths. Orestes, a macho maitre d’ is infatuated with a tin eared singer who is married to an academic who never sleeps and is never awake. On the other side of town Orestes’s daughter cuts off her hair, joins a coven, and starts dating the captain of a women’s football team. They are observed and documented by Polaroid Phillie, an ageless nightclub photographer and fixture at gay bars, Spanish restaurants, and wherever passion happens.
By Chris Tanner
June 20 – June 29, 2014
by Chris Tanner Chris Tanner returns to La MaMa with Football Head humorous tales of shame and humiliation. True and humiliating stories of the sexual awaking of a nerdy art Queen. Told and sung by Chris Tanner, accompanied by Lance Cruce on the 88′s and three gorgeous Doo Wop girls.
March 29, 2014
3-5pm Series Director - Michal Gamily Panel: Bob Hershon (moderator), Emma Tattenbaum-Fine, Rebecca Keren, Preston Martin, Kris Kukull, Federico Restrepo, Liz Swados, and a special video appearance by Andrei Serban. Performances: Excerpts from from works by Liz Swados including: Runaways, The Haggadah, The Reality Show Excerpts from Trojan Women performed by Great Jones Repertory Company ABOUT THE COFFEEHOUSE [...]