Past Events 2015
What are you Afraid of?
When a group of LaGuardia students embark on a journey of exploration, examining the subject of fear by telling their own stories in their own words, what might happen? Come see this world premiere of what happens when someone looks in the mirror and asks, "What Are You Afraid Of?"
Directed by Garrett Neergaard.
Directed By Handan Ozbilgin
Written by acclaimed Greek playwright M. Efstathiadi.
Privatopia sheds light on the increasing fear of "otherness" rampant in modern societies. In the tradition of absurdism, Efstathiadi paints a brutal portrait of a gated community in a desperate effort to hold on to their privileges against the "outsiders".
*First reading took place at BTS in September 2015.
Saturday Nov 14, 2015 | 7:00PM, Friday Nov 13, 2015| 4-6pm
Special Event (Little Theater)
IN∙CITE? by Unguarded.
An interdisciplinary performance dedicated to empower the voice of refugees.
Combo Night (IN-CITE? / Privatopia) Friday Nov 13, 2015 | 7:00PM
Hands on work
An open discussion.
Combinado Argentino De Danza
Thursday Oct 22 (all levels) 6-7:30pm, Friday Oct 23 (Advanced) 6-7:30pm
This Buenos Aires-based dance company created in 2011 has performed extensively throughout Argentina and internationally in Spain, Brazil and South Africa, where their artistic residency culminated with presentations on the streets of Johannesburg and Soweto. Under the direction of Andrea Servera, the collective’s philosophy is simple: “train, create and spread dance actions” for all spaces and formats, including the non-conventional.” Music by DJ Villa Diamante.
This project is partially funded by a grant from the Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation’s Southern Exposure: Performing Arts of Latin America program.
Combinado Argentino De Danza Workshop
A high energy mix of hip hop with traditional Argentinian Folk Dance
Both Classes will be held in LaGuardia Commnuity College, Room C-401, Free
Got questions? Just give us a call (718) 482- 5151
God Lives In Glass
Based on Dr. Landy’s book, “How We See God, and Why it Matters” and inspired by drawings and stories about “God” from children, young spiritual thinkers from every culture, religion, race and nationality all over the planet, God Lives in Glass shows us a reflection of ourselves as it holds up the “glass” as mirror and considers the ancient contemplative meditation, “Who am I?” while also providing a window through which we can view the world with wonder humor and imagination, as seen “through the eyes of a child.”.
In this New York Times Critics’ pick created on the LPAC stages, Beyond Sacred is an interview-based theater production by Ping Chong + Company that features the diverse experiences of the Muslim communities within New York City.
See Mayor Fiorello La Guardia's final days as Mayor of New York City
Tony Lo Bianco has starred in the Academy Award-winning film The French Connection. He is a Tony-nominated and winner of the Outer Critics Circle Award in A View from the Bridge on Broadway. Obie Award for Yanks-3, Detroit-0, Top of the 7th and NYAA Award for his portrayal of Fiorello La Guardia in Hizzoner! In film, he has starred in The Juror, Blood Brothers, City Heat, Nixon, The Seven Ups, Honeymoon Killers and Kill the Irishman; totaling 102 films. Has directed one feature and 5 television shows.
This special free performance for the LaGuardia family is made possible with support from Robert B. Catell, Peter DiCapua and the LaGuardia Community College Foundation.
Beyond Sacred: Unthinking Muslim Identity
LaGuardia Performing Arts Center (LPAC) will present an interdisciplinary artistic and academic program entitled Beyond Sacred: Unthinking Muslim Identity for the entirety of its 2014-15 season. Beyond Sacred kicks off with a community forum on 9/11 and culminates with a new production in collaboration with Ping Chong + Company's (PCC) Undesirable Elements Series.
Beyond Sacred's goal is to create a cohesive cultural program that illuminates life experiences of culturally identified Muslims in 21st century, post 9/11 New York City, and results in greater understanding among Muslim and non-Muslim communities in NYC.
Utilizing theater to stimulate group talk, New York Theatre of the Oppressed trained actors and mentors will work with LAGCC Humanities students to create a safe haven for 5 community discussions.
"Call to Discussion" Series
The "Call to Discussion" Series examines Islamic culture from a wide range of perspectives. These academic led conversations explore gender in Islam; Islamic identity in post 9/11 America; terminology; and a variety of specific issues and taboos affecting this community.
Beyond Sacred Voices of Muslims Identity interview based theater production by Ping Chong + Company.
Beyond Sacred: Voices of Muslim Identity. Beyond Sacred, originally commissioned by LPAC, explores the diverse experiences of Muslims in the U.S. The five young participants vary in many ways, but share the common experience of coming of age in a post-9/11 New York City, in a time of rising Islamophobia. Beyond Sacred uses the arts to increase community dialogue around difference and fosters greater understanding among Muslim and non-Muslim communities.
LPAC is able to produce the 2014-15 Beyond Sacred season with the generous support of APAP and the Doris Duke Foundation Building Bridges Grant.
Beyond Sacred-Ping Chong + Company
April 29th, 2015 - May 9th, 2015
Written by Ping Chong and Sara Zatz, with Ryan Conarro. Directed by Ping Chong
in collaboration with Tiffany Yasmin Abdelghani, Ferdous Dheqan, Kadin Herring, Amir Khafagy, Maha Syed
Ping Chong + Company and LPAC explore the diverse experiences of Muslim communities within NYC through an interview-based theatre production.
Beyond Sacred is an interview-based theatre production by Ping Chong + Company and LaGuardia Performing Arts Center exploring the diverse experiences of Muslim communities within New York City. The five participants in Beyond Sacred vary in many ways, but share the common experience of coming of age in a post-9/11 New York City, at a time of increasing Islamophobia. Participants come from a range of cultural and ethnic backgrounds and include men and women that reflect a wide range of Muslim identities, including those who have converted to Islam, those who were raised Muslim, but have since left the faith, those who identify as “culturally” Muslim, and those who are observant on a daily basis. Beyond Sacred was developed through a community-engaged process wherein Ping Chong + Company extensively interviewed local Muslim residents. These interviews become the basis of a script, performed by the interviewees, that weaves together personal, historical, and political narratives. The goal of Beyond Sacred is to use theater and personal testimony to foster greater understanding among Muslim and non-Muslim communities in New York.
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A multimedia dance theater company that utilizes dance, spoken word and projection to create various live experiences.
Shook Ones is a multimedia dance theater company that utilizes dance, spoken word and projection to create live experiences that are visually stimulating, emotionally impactful and socially relevant. Based in NYC, Shook Ones was founded in 2012 by choreographer, Cindy Salgado, and writer/director, Alejandro Rodriguez, both Juilliard alum, who met in South Florida as volunteers for the non-profit, Artists Striving to End Poverty (ASTEP). In January 2014, they were joined by another ASTEP alum, multimedia artist, Yazmany Arboleda, for their debut show at the LaGuardia Performing Arts Center, Rare and Dangerous and Necessary. Their first full-length original work, Sorry, is currently in development at LPAC, with additional support provided by the Center for Innovation in the Arts at The Juilliard School.
Shook One's Company residency at LPAC/LaGuardia Community College is part of the CUNY Dance Initiative, supported by the New York Community Trust, with additional funding from the Mertz Gilmore Foundation. www.cuny.edu/danceinitiative.
This project is 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.
Produced in part by the incredible generosity of Rutina Wesley, Edward Leung, and Gabriel Dube-Dupuis.