KAMA (World Premiere)
Apr
18
to Apr 20

KAMA (World Premiere)

Named after the Sanskrit word for “desire, wish, longing,” KAMA explores taboo in sex and addiction. Merging abstract concert dance with movement and imagery from the club world, KAMA draws from perspectives across sexual identities to portray honest narratives of the universal human quest for pleasure within a party culture -- a space where tenderness can devolve into toxic heartbreak, and an ecstatic communal experience is fraught with danger.

Rohan Bhargava, born and raised in New Delhi, India, began his formal dance training at The Danceworx Academy of Performing Arts. He trained in ballet, modern, jazz, contemporary, and hip hop, and went on to serve as a performer, instructor, and choreographer in The Danceworx Company. In 2012, Rohan relocated to New York to earn his B.F.A in Dance from Tisch School of the Arts, NYU. He has performed in works by Bill T. Jones, Deborah Jowitt, Sean Curran, Doug Elkins, and Patrick B. Corbin, and currently dances for Kizuna Dance and 10 Hairy Legs.

In 2015, after forming Rovaco Dance, Rohan received widespread acclaim as an emerging choreographer. He won "Outstanding Choreography" at Tamasha NYC 2016 and received commissions from The Moving Beauty Series and Mare Nostrum Elements. The James Jay Dudley Luce Foundation selected him as their 2016 Artist-in-Residenceand he was also recognized by Dance Magazine in the article "Immigrants Who've Inspired Us". In 2017, Rohan collaborated with 7 different composers from Mannes School of Music.

Rovaco Dance Company's two-year residency and performances at LaGuardia Community College are part of the CUNY Dance Initiative, which receives major support from the Mertz Gilmore Foundation, Howard Gilman Foundation, and Stavros Niarchos Foundation. Additional support is provided by the Jerome Robbins Foundation, the SHS Foundation, the Harkness Foundation for Dance, and Dance/NYC’s New York City Dance Rehearsal Space Subsidy Program, made possible by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

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NuVu Dance Festival
May
2
7:00 PM19:00

NuVu Dance Festival

Dance Concert series to promote young, mid career and established dance artists.

Miki Orihara curates this dance concert series to promote young, mid career and established dance artists to share their craft and to have the chance to learn, meet and share the stage together. Orihara believes we learn new things from old teachings. Sharing the different stages of dance artists’ lives and works on the same stage gives a great deal of new perspective on our experience of the art form. Most importantly for Orihara is that dance artists get to know and inspire each other through this concert format and, with this intimate space, audiences experience a variety of ways of expressing through dance.

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Water by the SpoonFull
May
8
to May 15

Water by the SpoonFull

LaGuardia Theatre Program’s Spring Production, Water By The Spoonful, by Quiara Alegria Hudes, is Directed by Professor Garrett Neergaard. Somewhere in Philadelphia, Elliot has returned from Iraq and is struggling to find his place in the world. Somewhere in a chat room, recovering addicts keep each other alive, hour by hour, day by day. The boundaries of family and community are stretched across continents and cyberspace as birth families splinter and online families collide. WATER BY THE SPOONFUL (Winner of the 2012 Pulitzer Prize) is a heartfelt meditation on lives on the brink of redemption.

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NYFAF
May
9
to May 10

NYFAF

The annual New York Forum of Amazigh Film (NYFAF) is a showcase of contemporary feature, documentary, and short films about the Amazigh people of North Africa and in the diaspora. NYFAF's mission is to create a space where the filmmakers, artists,and scholars of indigenous Amazigh identity and culture can gather yearly to share their knowledge and enthusiasm while fostering dialogue with a diverse audience of students and thinkers gathered from across New York City and the world. Through pre-and post-screening Q&As, live performances, and exhibitions of art and artifacts, the New York Forum of Amazigh Film seeks to disseminate Amazigh cinema and promote an understanding of the unique history, culture, and language of Amazigh peoples in North Africa and in the diaspora

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Resonance III
May
10
7:00 PM19:00

Resonance III

Miki Orihara's third solo concert RESONANCE III will bring both American and Japanese early modern dance pioneers works and Yuriko’s work together to connect the lineage of my heritage.

Lamentation (1930) -Martha Graham
Two Ecstatic Themes (1931)-Doris Humphrey
Moon Desert ( 1930's) - Konami Ishii
Mother (1938) - Seiko Takata
and
The Cry ( 1963) - Yuriko

Proceeded and followed by talks with Japanese Scholar / Orihara's immediated dance teacher from Japan.

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See Me In Your Eye
May
16
to May 18

See Me In Your Eye

Schoen Movement Company partners with artists from Tunisia in an evening-length dance performance. Using recorded audio stories and original music compositions, the cross-cultural group elevates diverse life experiences to illustrate shared humanity and promote a universal sense of belonging.

"See me in your eye" was developed in part during a residency at the Baryshnikov Arts Center, New York, NY. It is also made possible in part by the Queens Council on the Arts with public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.”

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Fables
Mar
17
3:00 PM15:00

Fables

RIOULT Dance NY’s Fables celebrates the timeless stories common among the many cultures found in the borough of Queens. Inspired by the rhythmic narrative of Jean de La Fontaine’s "Fables”, choreographer Pascal Rioult brings to life familiar tales such as the “Crow and the Fox,” the “Tortoise and the Hare,” and others. A program of the “Queens Borough Community Dance Project,” Fables will include young dancers from the community dancing alongside the professional dancers from RIOULT Dance NY.

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Rough Draft Festival
Mar
15
to Apr 18

Rough Draft Festival


This year's Rough Draft Festival at LaGuardia Performing Arts features a vast array of new work that are various stages of development

Rough Draft Festival is one of a kind series curated by LPAC's Associate Director Handan Ozbilgin. The projects are at various stages of development and are tantamount to a finished product. A window into the creative process, The Rough Draft Festival is a celebration of artists/organizations and their work under development. Rd features a wide array of artists whose work is at various levels of development. Each year we strive towards being bigger and better while giving a voice to meaningful works

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Emerging Choreographer Series
Feb
25
to Feb 26

Emerging Choreographer Series

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ECS is a FREE 8-week mentoring, career development and space grant program designed to address the challenges of bringing self-made art to the stage and is aimed at providing emerging choreographers with tools to create, develop and premiere a new finished work.

Choreographers receive up to 60 hours of free rehearsal space; one-on-one mentoring and feedback from established choreographers; consultations with professionals in the field of writing, producing, dramaturgy, music/sound, lighting, costume, budget/finance and grants. The program culminates in two fully produced performances on February 25 & 26, 2019.

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