La MaMa Experimental Theatre Club

74A East 4th Street
(btw Bowery & 2nd Ave)
New York, NY 10003
212.475.7710

Office: M–F 11a–6p
Box Office: M–Su 12–6p



 

A series of creative workshops and performances for the young and the young at heart. Master artists from La MaMa teach theatre crafts in workshops that encourage imaginative play and hands-on learning. Children and adults learn the basics of storytelling, dance, mask and puppet-making, and more!

Ellen Stewart Theatre Lobby

66 East 4th Street (bet. Bowery & 2nd Ave)

Box Office: 212-475-7710

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Fun for the whole family! (ages 4 – 104!)

Tickets: $5 per person for performance, $5 per kid for workshop.

Saturday mornings at 11 o’clock

(unless otherwise specified) 

1st and 3rd Saturday of every month.

Workshops last 45 minutes and are limited to 25 children.

Performances last 45 minutes and are limited to 75 audience members.

Participating artists:

Vít Horejš, Chad Williams, Cathy Shaw, Julia Martin, Meredith Wright, Federico Restrepo, Perry Jung, Bonnie Duncan and more!

UPCOMING WORKSHOPS & PERFORMANCES

La MaMa Kids: Seucy & Boto (Stories from the Amazon Jungle)

By Loco7

April 19, 2014 at 11am

With Loco7 Dance Puppet Theatre
Adapted & Directed by Federico Restrepo

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All the creatures in these mythological stories from the Amazon Jungle protect plants and animals of the rainforest from harm and exploitation, inspiring us to respect and care for the mighty jungle so it will continue sharing its wonders with us.

Mindful Music Workshop

By Perry Yung

May 3, 2014

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Perry Yung leads a family fun workshop on the Zen concept of mindful music. Using the Japanese shakuhachi bamboo flute, temple gongs and storytelling, kids of all ages play theatrical games and craft a take home musical instrument!

Perry Yung is a founding member of the SLANT Performance group, a shakuhachi maker and a member of La MaMa’s Great Jones Repertory Company since 1994.

Family Play-Date

By SLANT Performance Group

May 17, 2014 at 11am

A fun-filled Cabaret for the Family | Hosted by Richard Ebihara & Perry Yung

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Join the SLANT Performance Group as they weave their magical humor through La MaMa’s Family Playdate – a fun-filled cabaret performed with members of the Great Jones Repertory Company. Embracing dance, music and theatre, this is a unique event for the whole family.

 

Firebird – A Russian Folktale

June 14, 2014 at 11am

By Julia Sterling Martin/Jane Catherine Shaw

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Mystery and magic unfold when three strange women arrive in search of a lost heirloom. When the lost treasure is discovered; the horse of power, the firebird and Princess Vasilissa spring to life once more, carrying everyone along on a magnificent heroic journey.

Julia Sterling Martin is member of the Great Jones Company of La MaMa since 1996. Jane Catherine Shaw creates work for puppet theatre.

Hawaiian Storytelling

June 21, 2014 at 11am

HULA  KI’I HAWAIIAN PUPPETRY
With Aunty Mauli Ola Cook

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Aunty Mauli will share one of Hawaiʻi childrensʻ favorite stories and hula. Come enjoy a story with us and learn a simple child friendly hula that tells of the ocean creatures who live in the sea surrounding our islands.

The term Hula Ki`i covers a wide variety of dramatic techniques, ranging from dancers portraying images (ki`i) of gods, to puppets being manipulated as if they were dancing.

Assisted by Kiku Sakai

PAST EVENTS

Music

Music

Mindful Music

June 8, 2013 – 11am

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Sweetbeatz

 March 9, 2013 – 11am

 

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Beatbox

May 25, 2013 – 11am

 

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About Kaila and the Kid:

Hailing from NYC and calling themselves ‘beat rhymers’, the 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. They have shared the stage with: Cosmo D (Newcleus), TC Izlam (Hip-Step, Zulu Nation)  Rabbi D from MTV’s MADE, Miles Megaciph, Homeboy Sandman, opened for Afrika Bambaataa and been featured at The Midwest Beatbox Festival They have performed at Davidson College in North Carolina, in Albany sharing the bill with DJ TrueMaster, Iron Bar Collective, working on a distribution and licensing deal with Acappella Records, and more in the works!

 

SweetBeatz Interactive Music Show

March 1, 2014 at 11am

With Meredith Wright

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Chase away the winter blues and feel the rhythms of the Caribbean!  Meredith is thrilled to share her love of Caribbean music through movement exploration, imaginative play, songs and games for families.  Come and join her for music and movement that will have you thinking the tropics are right outside E 4th Street!

Meredith Wright is a performer, Early Childhood Educator and dance enthusiast.  She studies Afro/Caribbean Dance and traditional dance of Cuba and Haiti. She also developed the family project SWEETBEATZ which she writes, sings and performs original music for young audiences.

Kid & Kaila Beat Box Workshop

March 15, 2014 at 11am

With Kid Lucky & Kaila Mullady

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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.’

Puppetry & Masks

La MaMa Kids: Dance Puppet Workshop

By Federico Restrepo

April 5, 2014 at 11am

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A movement and puppet manipulation workshop for the whole family.  Children get to make their own butterfly puppet and learn to manipulate a caterpillar puppet and create their own dance as they move through the jungle of imagination!

Ma-Yi Puppet Workshop

February 1, 2014 at 11am

With designer David Valentine

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How would YOU bring the magic of space to life on stage? WONG KIDS puppet designer David Parkinson Valentine leads La MaMa KIDS in a “Magic of Puppetry” workshop on February 1st. Travel into the far galaxies of THE WONG KIDS, and paint your own planet puppet! Then transform the La MaMa stage into a whole solar system through the magic of theatre.

Workshop

Hands-Full of Fun! – Jane Catherine Shaw

11am December 7th, 2013 / Tickets HERE

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Make a Glove/Hand Puppet that will be yours to play with for youears to come. Assemble your puppet using prepared parts, and decorate it with buttosn, beads, and bangles to make it uniquely yours! Then, take it hand-dancing on our special Hand Puppet Stage. A great workshop for the whole family. Led by artist Jane Catherine Shaw.

Workshop & Performance: Czechoslovak-American Marionette Theatre with Vit Horejš

 

Workshop – October 5th, 2013

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Performance – October 19th, 2013

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For fifty years, a troupe of antique marionettes was confined to a dusty closet at Jan Hus Church, in the heart of New York’s Czechoslovak neighborhood.  Discovered by Vít Horejš, Czechoslovak storyteller, author, and puppeteer, the 24-inch century-old masterpieces of Czech puppet makers have since brought joy to thousands of spectators young and old. Vít Horejš and his marionettes tell favorite Czech stories he learned in his home town, Prague, from his father and grandmother.

For more information about Czechoslovak-American Marionette Theatre please click here.

Mask Making

May 11, 2013 – 11am

*This workshop will take place at La MaMa Galleria at 6 East 1st Street

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Finger-Puppet Workshop: Wondersparks Puppets with Chad Williams

 

 

November 2nd, 2013

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Immerse Yourself!

February 9, 2013 – 11am

 

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Performances

Performance

Following The Wind: Tales from the New World - Jane Catherine Shaw

11am December 21st, 2013 | Tickets HERE

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Follow the wind across the continent, from sea to sea, to meet distinctive characters from America’s treasure trove of multicultural folk traditions. Humorous, beautiful and moving – told with puppetry, live actors, and music, Shaw interweaves stories to make exciting theatre for young audiences.

Performance: Squirrel Stole My Underpants

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Created & performed by Bonnie Duncan / Music by Brendan Burns & Tony Leva / Directed by Dan Milstein

A poignantly silly adventure tale for families / Ages 5 & up

Sylvie is sent to the backyard to hang up the laundry. The moment her back is turned, a mischievous squirrel steals her favorite piece of clothing and runs off. When Sylvie gives chase, an entire world emerges from her laundry basket, and curious characters show her the way through mysterious lands. Will our lonely heroine rescue her underpants and discover the magic within herself? Join us on this adventure to find out!

 

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Performance: The Three Little Pigs

 

November 17, 2013
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WonderSpark Puppets / Performed by Chad Williams

Three Little Pigs build their houses of hay, sticks and bricks – but will they withstand the Big Bad Wolf?  The classic tale retold with hilarious puppet pigs and a silly wolf – with an emphasis on ‘being prepared’.

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The Magic Pot

April 13, 2013 – 11am

 

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Katcha and the Devil and Other Czech Tales with Strings

April 27, 2013 – 11am

 

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Family Playdate

June 22, 2013 – 11am

 

a fun-filled cabaret performed with members of the Great Jones Repertory Company. Embracing intelligent dance, music and theatre, this is a unique event for the whole family.

For more information please click here.

Pelandok the Mouse Deer and Other Malaysian Folktales

February 23, 2013 – 11am

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Dance

Kinding Sindaw – Filipino Indigenous Dance

January 18, 2014 at 11am

With Potri Rankamanis

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Learn  and enjoy the dance movements from the epic, legends and myths of the ancestral Philippine Melayu Nusantara heritage.  This workshop will transport participants to experience the stories and emotions through  hand movements, footwork  and colorful scarves . There will be  accompanying musical instrument called sarunay. The dances of Kinding Sindaw originate from the royal court dances of the Maranao Sultanate- a repertory of the sacred,classic, and secular combining grace and vigor, dances that directly reflect their rich natural environment. 



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