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: www.bessies.org

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

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Notes on My Heart is in the East by Jessica Litwak

My heart is in the East
But the rest of me far in the West-
   Yehuda Halevi (1090)

Now hear this mixture,
Where hip-hop meets scripture
And develop the negative into a positive picture
            Lauren Hill (1999)

I hope you’ll join us for this first full production of My Heart is in the East. This play is the culmination of years of field-work, personal exploration, historical research and theatrical development. It is an expression of my heart-felt theory about theatre (and poetry) as a vehicle for change.  In the spirit of the piece I hope you will stay with us through the poetry contest to the most important part of the evening: a short community discussion about the issues the play explores.

My Heart is in the East is a duet between two poets (a Muslim man and a Jewish woman) in two centuries (The 21st and the 11th). We cross time, gender, race, religion and language to bridge the conflicts between them. Will violence, suspicion, and fear stop cultural exchange and destroy a unique and unlikely friendship? Or will poetry, humanity, love and humor win out?

It’s our earnest desire that you will be part of this movement to bridge cultures and advocate for peace.

Some history: The play also exists as chapter four of my doctoral dissertation: My Heart Is in thE East:Exploring Theater as a Vehicle For Change, Inspired by the Poetic Performances of Ancient Andalucía. La MaMa has been involved every step of the way, including hosting my dissertation defense, which happened right at Culture Hub with committee members joining via telepresence. We did a workshop production at The Club in 2015, and had subsequent readings both at La MaMa Umbria and at Great Jones Studios.

Like all plays it was developed with so much help and input from others along the way, all of whom I am deeply grateful for. Thank you especially to my dear La MaMa family for giving this project a home. This performance is dedicated to the spirit of Ellen Stewart who pushed me towards the East in this very building many, many years ago, and to my two biggest inspirations Sophie and Emma Weinstein who make the journey worthwhile.

Jessica Litwak, My Heart is in the East

Photos by Carolina Restrepo 

La MaMa presents
My Heart 
is in 
the East
by Jessica Litwak
directed by Jen Wineman

June 8, 2017 - June 25, 2017
Thursday to Saturday at 7PM; Sunday at 2:30PM

The Downstairs @ La MaMa
66 East 4th Street
(between Bowery and Second Avenue)
New York, NY 10003

Tickets: $25 Adults; $20 Students/Seniors 

For Tickets and Info: CLICK HERE

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Reviews Are In For Miss Julia

"Miss Julia is an exciting and watchable 75 minutes...Strindberg's macho-man version of economic justice undoubtedly has resonance in modern Latin America, which seems trapped between vulture capitalism and chauvinistic Bolivarian socialism. Vueltas Bravas Producciones never bangs us over the head with this connection, but seductively invites us to make it on our own."  Zachary Stewart, TheaterMania


"a refreshing and unique entry into the New York theater landscape." David Gruber, TheaterLife


Photos by Theo Cote

La MaMa presents

by August Strindberg, Adapted by J. Ed Araiza
Directed by Lorenzo Montanini 
Featuring John Alex Toro, Tina Mitchell and Gina Jaimes
Music by violinist Helen Yee and percussionist Martin Vejarano

June 8 - June 25, 2017
Thursday - Saturday at 7:30pm; Sunday at 2pm 

The First Floor Theatre at La MaMa
74A East 4th Street
(between Bowery and Second Avenue)
New York, NY 10003 

Tickets: $20 Adults; $15 Students/Seniors 

For Tickets and Info: CLICK HERE