East Village Dance Project returns to La MaMa for its fourth year, The Shell-Shocked Nut upends the classic structure of The Nutcracker, relocates it in the East Village, and uses a cast of lively characters to explore themes of loss and recovery. Join a war veteran and a wandering child in a poignant, thoughtful and sometimes humorous journey throughout iconic landmarks in the East Village and Lower East Side. Performed by a dynamic cast of intergenerational dancers, actors, and musicians.
Co-Directors/Choreographers: Martha Tornay and Victoria Roberts-Wierzbowski Music by Peter Jones Composer: Clare Ferris Design by Donald Eastman Lighting by Juan Merchan Sound by Tim Schellenbaum
Dancers/Choreographers: Shaina Branfman Baira, Bryan Strimpel Baira, Indah Walsh, Hilary McDaniel-Douglas and young dancers/actors/musicians from the East Village and beyond.
About the Artists
East Village Dance Project, based in New York City, was founded in 1997 as a dance development program for youth age 4-adult, under the artistic direction of Martha Tornay. EVDP offers classes in ballet, pointe, modern, improvisation and beginning choreography. EVDP performs annually in New York and has been at La MaMa Moves! for three seasons. The program has been recognized for its innovative approach to dance and education, and for offering pre-professional classes to all, regardless of social or economic situation. EVDP Students have also performed at Pace University, NYU Skirball Center, Abrons Arts Center, Vanaver Caravan Dance Festival, with Keigwin + Company, and at Lincoln Center Out-of-Doors. Past guest choreographers have included Dante Brown, Amanda Loulaki, Nicole Wolcott, Ellen Cornfield and Molly Lieber. In January 2011, EVDP and GOH Productions opened Avenue C Studio as a permanent home.
GOH Productions' mission is embodied in our logo, GOH, the Japanese character meaning “working together under one roof.” That definition informs all the work we do — collaborative and expansive, stretching the sky to its fullest capacity. We began in 1979, during a time of fiscal cutbacks and political turmoil. We continue to face, head-on, the challenges of nurturing artworks and artistic collaboration, testing the boundaries and borders of all categories. Our primary goal is working with experimental and interdisciplinary artists to clarify their artistic vision and to make possible the production of new works in a variety of genres and in a variety of global landscapes. In the mid-1970s we were founded as 7 Loaves, Inc. a non-profit arts producing and presenting organization in the Lower East Side/East Village of New York City. In 1988 the organization’s name was changed to GOH Productions (GOH), and Bonnie Sue Stein became its Artistic and Executive Director, a position she still holds. Stein works with directly with a number of performing artists on the creation and development of collaborative projects in the U.S. and with international partners.