Thursday, August 17, 2017

Artistic Director Mia Yoo on La MaMa's 56th Season

Dear Friends, 

There is an urgent need for the voices of the artists of our 56th Season to be shared.

Throughout the season the histories and narratives of marginalized voices in America and around the world are explored.

I have been inspired by the writings of American philosopher Richard Rorty, who I learned about while working on the upcoming Great Jones Rep/Motus collaboration. In Rorty’s utopia, personal narratives build solidarity “by increasing our sensitivity to the particular details of the pain and humiliation of other, unfamiliar sorts of people.”

Storytelling is powerful. Reality is often too complicated and stories give us a way to process, question, and shape how we think about each other.

I hope that you will join us at La MaMa as we bear witness to these stories.

Artistic Director

View the 56th Season Brochure

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About The Cover 

Our 56th Season celebrates the creative and collective histories of La MaMa with the publication of Ellen Stewart Presents: Fifty Years ofLa MaMa Experimental Theatre by Cindy Rosenthal which traces the evolution of La MaMa through its poster art. Throughout the season we will be investigating this history by creating new designs inspired by La MaMa’s past.

This fall our cover was inspired by the poster (below) for the 1967 production of Futz by Rochelle Owens, directed by Tom O’Horgan, poster design by Conrad Ward.

Cover Photo Montage of Belarus Free Theatre Burning Doors
Photos by Alex Brenner and Nicolai Khalezin

Video Preview: Belarus Free Theater's BURNING DOORS

Belarus Free Theatre presents Burning Doors from La MaMa on Vimeo.

Where do you belong when your government suppresses your basic right to expression? 
What do you do when your government imprisons you for making art? 
How would you survive one of the most brutal prison systems in the world? 
Belarus Free Theatre combines forces with Pussy Riot’s Maria Alyokhina, who makes her New York stage debut, in a searing performance on how art persists under oppression. Through the prism of persecuted artists who will not be silenced, Burning Doors reveals how artists living under dictatorship illuminate the knife-edge of complacency in democratic societies reminding us of the true cost of freedom and dangers of inertia.

"Visceral. A brutally physical production. An analogue for the ritualised humiliation by Russian authorities."
Time Out

"Savage political satire. Performed with blazing energy and commitment."
Financial Times

"An extraordinary show. Noisy, taboo-busting and brutal to behold."
- A Younger Theatre

"A fiery work of protest theatre that fuses brutality and poetry, philosophy and irreverent satire."

~The Age (Australia)


La MaMa presents


Devised and performed by Belarus Free Theatre
Directed by Nicolai Khalezin and Natalia Kaliada
With Maria Alyokhina from Pussy Riot

October 13 - 22, 2017
10 Performances Only!

Ellen Stewart Theatre 
66 East 4th Street
(between Bowery & Second Avenue)
New York, NY 10003

Tickets: $30 Adults; $25 Students/Seniors

For Tickets & Info: CLICK HERE

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

2017 Bessie Award Nominees and Outstanding Emerging Choreographer Announced

On Wednesday July 12, 2017, the nominations for this year's Bessie Awards and well as the award for Outstanding Emerging Choreographer were announced at Gibney Dance.  La MaMa is happy to announce that Antony Hamilton's Meeting (presented with Performance Space 122 as part of COIL) was nominated for two awards: Outstanding Production and Alisdair Macindoe for Outstanding Music Composition/Sound Design. 

The Outstanding Emerging Choreographer Award was presented to Will Rawls "for creating astute, genre-eluding work that explores the relationship between movement and language and delves deeply into ideas of transmission, translation, and authorship; and for his multifaceted artistry as choreographer, writer, editor, and curator, expanding the presence of dance and performance."

Abby Zbikowski was presented with the 2017 Juried Bessie Award. This year’s Bessies Jury—Kyle Abraham, Brenda Bufalino, and Beth Gill—recognized Zbikowski for her "rigorous and utterly unique development of an authentic movement vocabulary, employed in complex and demanding structures to create dances of great energy, intensity, surprise, and danger."

The 2017 Bessie Awards Nominations 

Outstanding Production:
Vanessa Anspaugh
The End of Men; An Ode to Ocean
Joyce Unleashed at Abrons Art Center

Kader Attou of CCN de la Rochelle/Cie Accrorap
Fall for Dance at New York City Center

Bridgman|Packer Dance
Sheen Center

Nora Chipaumire
portrait of myself as my father
BAM Fisher

Antony Hamilton
La MaMa and Performance Space 122, COIL 2017

Jessica Lang
Thousand Yard Stare
The Joyce Theater

Ligia Lewis
minor matter
American Realness at Abrons Art Center

Taylor Mac
A 24-Decade History of Popular Music
St. Ann’s Warehouse/Pomegranate Arts
Crystal Pite
The Statement
Performed by Nederlands Dans Theater
New York City Center

Sébastien Ramirez and Honji Wang
BAM Fisher

Abdel Salaam
Healing Sevens
Featuring Forces of Nature Dance Theatre, Asase Yaa African American Dance Theatre, Ill Style & Peace Productions, and Dyane Harvey Salaam
DanceAfrica at BAM Howard Gilman Opera House

Adrienne Truscott
New York Live Arts

Outstanding Revived Work:

Variations on Themes from Lost and Found: Scenes from a Life and other works by John Bernd 
Conceived by Ishmael Houston-Jones. Co-directed by Ishmael Houston-Jones and Miguel Gutierrez. John Bernd’s music compositions arranged and re-mixed by Nick Hallett. Consultation by Jennifer Monson.
Danspace Project Platform 2016: Lost and Found

About Kazuo Ohno
By Takao Kawaguchi
Japan Society

Stephen Petronio Company
For Trio A (1966), Chair Pillow (1969), and Diagonal (1963) by Yvonne Rainer; Goldberg Variations (1986) by Steve Paxton; The Courtesan and the Crone (1999) by Anna Halprin
The Joyce Theater

Outstanding Performer:

Yeman Brown
In Citizen by Reggie Wilson
BAM Harvey

PeiJu Chien-Pott
In Virginie Mécène’s reimagining of Martha Graham’s 1933 solo, Ekstasis
The Joyce Theater

Sean Donovan
For his body of work with The Builders Association, Faye Driscoll, Witness Relocation, Jennie MaryTai Liu, and Jane Comfort

Jonathan Gonzalez
In minor matter by Ligia Lewis
American Realness at Abrons Art Center

Julie McMillan
In KO-BU by Benjamin Kimitch
Danspace Project

Cast of Riff this, Riff that
By Ephrat Asherie Dance
River to River Festival, Atrium Plaza

Anna Schön
In Citizen by Reggie Wilson
BAM Harvey

Nicholas Sciscione
In excerpts from Steve Paxton’s Goldberg Variations
Presented by the Stephen Petronio Company
The Joyce Theater

Ensemble of the skeleton architecture, or future of our worlds: Maria Bauman, Sidra Bell, Davalois Fearon, Marjani Forté-Saunders, Melanie Greene, Kayla Hamilton, Jasmine Hearn, Marguerite Hemmings, Nia Love, Paloma McGregor, Sydnie L. Mosley, Rakiya Orange, Grace Osborne, Leslie Parker, Angie Pittman, Samantha Speis, Charmaine Warren, Marýa Wethers, Ni’Ja Whitson, and others*
Curated by Eva Yaa Asantewaa
Danspace Project Platform 2016: Lost and Found
*Edisa Weeks and Tara Aisha Willis also appeared in the cast, but are ineligible to vote on or receive awards as current Bessie Awards Committee members.

Daaimah Taalib-Din
In Eclipse: Visions of the Crescent and the Cross by Abdel Salaam
Aaron Davis Hall

Diana Vishneva
For Sustained Achievement with American Ballet Theatre

Cast of we free: DJ BLKWYNTR, Arielle Rosales, and Solo Woods, as well as Courtney Cook, Marguerite Hemmings, Jessica Phoenix and Italy Welton
By Marguerite Hemmings
Gibney Dance: Agnes Varis Performing Arts Center

Outstanding Emerging Choreographer (* indicates award recipient):

Lela Aisha Jones

Niall Jones

Will Rawls*

Katarzyna Skarpetowska

Outstanding Music Composition/Sound Design:

ICTUS ensemble/ROSAS
For Vortex Temporum
By Anne Teresa de Keersmaeker
BAM Next Wave Festival, Howard Gilman Opera House

Chris Kuklis and Will Rawls
For The Planet-Eaters: Seconds
By Will Rawls
River to River Festival, National Museum of the American Indian

Ryan MacDonald
For The End of Men, Again
By Vanessa Anspaugh
Danspace Project

Alisdair Macindoe
For Meeting
By Antony Hamilton
La MaMa and Performance Space 122, COIL 2017

Outstanding Visual Design (costume, set, light, projection, or overall visual design):

Nora Chipaumire
For Set Design of portrait of myself as my father
By Nora Chipaumire
BAM Fisher

Taylor Mac (creator), Niegel Smith (director), Machine Dazzle (costume), Mimi Lien (set), John Torres (lights), Eric Avery (puppetry), Jawole Willa Jo Zollar (choreography)
For A 24-Decade History of Popular Music
By Taylor Mac
St. Ann’s Warehouse/Pomegranate Arts

Paulina Olowska
For Costume Design of Slavic Goddesses–A Wreath of Ceremonies
By Paulina Olowska
The Kitchen

Mark Ryden (set and costume) and Brad Fields (lighting)
For Visual Design of Whipped Cream
By Alexei Ratmansky
Performed by American Ballet Theatre

Metropolitan Opera House

The Bessie Awards will be presented on Monday, October 9, 2017, at NYU’s Skirball Center for the Performing Arts.  Tickets go on sale on August 1, 2017.

For more information about the Bessie Awards, go to:

Thursday, June 15, 2017

First Look: 1917-2017: Tychyna, Zhadan and The Dogs

All photos by Theo Cote


La MaMa and Yara Arts Group present

and The Dogs

By Yara Arts Group
Directed by Virlana Tkacz
USA Premiere

What happens when society crumbles? A reminder to reflect of our past as we contemplate our ways forward. A show filled with music and poetry transformed into scenes, action and projections. Is there a ray of hope? Based on poetry by Pavlo Tychyna, by Serhiy Zhadan and songs from rock group Zhadan & the Dogs with poems by Bob Holman based on Zhadan's poetry and On Tyranny by Timothy Snyder.

June 9 - 25, 2017

Thursday - Saturday at 8:30PM; Sunday at 4PM

Ellen Stewart Theatre
66 East 4th Street\
(between Bowery and Second Avenue)
New York, NY 10003

Tickets: $25 Adults; $20 Students/Seniors

For Tickets & Info: CLICK HERE