Past Events 2017


“Scrooge and Marley”
based on Charles Dicken’s “Christmas Carol”

December 19th, 2017

“Scrooge and Marley”  tells the story of a bitter old miser named Ebenezer Scrooge and his transformation into a gentler, kindlier man after visitations by the ghost of his former business partner Jacob Marley and the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Yet to Come.

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let it snow

Holiday concert with conductor Silas Huff accompanied by the Astoria Symphony Orchestra.

“Let It Snow”
The sounds: Conducted by Silas Huff, the Astoria Symphony Orchestra will spread Christmas cheer by playing timeless tunes such as “Santa Claus is Coming to Town,” “Feliz Navidad,” and “Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer.”

The sights: As the ASO plays, dancers and interactive projections take the stage for a visual spectacular. 

The Big Man: After the concert, young and old alike can head over to Santa’s Workshop for a meet-and-greet with Santa himself.



Carnigie Hall Neiborhood Concert:
Jason Danieley

Whether performing in a Broadway musical or as a soloist, Danieley dazzles whenever he raises his voice.

Called “the most exquisite tenor on Broadway” (The New York Times), he made his Broadway debut in the 1997 revival of Bernstein’s Candide, winning a Theatre World award. Since his debut he has made memorable appearances in Curtains, The Full Monty, Brigadoon, a Carnegie Hall performance of South Pacific, and more. Danieley is also making his mark with television appearances on PBS Great Performers and Live from Lincoln Center.

Lead Support for Neighborhood Concerts is provided by the Howard Gilman Foundation. Additional support is provided by the A. L. and Jennie L. Luria Foundation.



A young refugee journeys through the U.S. encountering a wide variety of people. 

Separated from his mother, a young refugee called Anon journeys through the United States, encountering a wide variety of people -- some kind, some dangerous and cruel -- as he searches for his family. From a sinister one-eyed butcher to beguiling barflies to a sweatshop, Anon must navigate through a chaotic, ever-changing landscape in this entrancing adaptation of Homer's Odyssey.

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The Same Day

Part of the Global Exchange Program. Intended to create new, collaborative theatre with directors based in NYC and international partners.

On a ship, a grandfather and his grandson lie caught in the same time loop that plagues marginalized people everywhere, from refugee camps to major cities. Their endless return is a brutal, cruel, yet often hilarious version of today's present Global condition.

Written by Stefan Ivanov and
Directed by John Michael DiResta.


Noche Flameca

One of the world’s leading Flamenco companies debuts Rumi’s poem of the converging of the Jewish, Christian, and Muslim cultures that live within and embody Flamenco. This work features Andalusian songs, spanning from the 9th to the 15th centuries - a “golden age” of philosophy and culture where all three traditions influenced each other.

"The best flamenco company I have seen in my life.” -El Diario, Buenos Aires, Argentina

"It is a privilege to witness these artists, as they challenge us with their defiant stares and yet invite us in to share their joy, their grief, their anger, their despair...." -The Age, Melbourne, Australia

Featuring: Juan Ogalla Emilio Florido Eugenio Iglesias Salva de María Marina Elana Carlos Menchaca Phoebe Mar.



Sunday, Oct. 1 - 7:30PM

Written and Directed by Amir Nizar Zuabi
Performed by Nadine Malouf  

This production is site specific and will be performed in a kitchen at LaGuardia Performing Arts Center.

They call it civil war, but there is nothing civil in this. Nothing civil at all.

Step into the kitchen. The onions are cooking on the stove and meat is on the cutting board waiting to be chopped. Our host is preparing kubah, a traditional Syrian dish. While she cooks, she tells us the story of meeting Ashraf, a Syrian exile, and falling in love with him as he desperately tries to help those he was forced to leave behind. When he vanishes, she impulsively trails him to her homeland—one she has never known, now consumed by war. As the meal comes together and then falls apart, we learn the stories of brutality, grace, and humanity of the Syrian refugees she meets along the way.

The Play Company presents the U.S premiere of 

Oh My Sweet Land, written and directed by Amir Nizar Zuabi from his experiences traveling amongst Syrian refugee camps in Jordan. This one woman show, starring Nadine Malouf, will be staged in home kitchens and community spaces throughout the 5 boroughs and New Jersey creating a theatrical experience that will be close, personal and lift what’s happening in Syria out of the news cycle and into a simple human interaction that allows us to hear and feel in a different way. 

Oh My Sweet Land had its world premiere in Lausanne, Switzerland and has been seen in London at The Young Vic, Dublin at the Abbey Theater, inAmsterdam, Abu Dhabi, Mumbai, and Toronto. The script is published by Bloomsbury.

Running time: approximately 75 minutes without intermission.
Photo by: Pavel Antonov 

The Arts

A three part work of interdisciplinary theatre under development from Sponsored By Nobody.

Conceived, written & directed by Kevin Doyle
Actors: Dracyn Blount, Alexander Chilton, Shayna Conde, Nick Daly, Georgia Lee King
Lighting Designer: Kate McGee
Video Design: Eric Magnus
Assistant Director/ Stage Manager: Gabriel Vasquez

Sponsored By Nobody present workshop showings of Parts One and Two from  “THE AЯTS” a new work of interdisciplinary theatre that investigates the history of public funding for the arts in the United States.

Part One covers the period of 1963-1965, during the formation of the National Endowment for the Arts. Part Two covers the chaotic “culture wars” period of 1989-1996, which culminated with the NEA budget being cut in half and the elimination of direct grants to individual artists.

* Moderated talk-backs with leading arts funding experts will follow several performances.

THE AЯTS is the inaugural recipient of the 2017 IMPACT Residency Award from The Drama League of New York and the Laguardia Performing Arts Center, with support from the Harold & Mimi Steinberg Trust.

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May 23-25, 2017

Continuing our exploration of the Black Lives Movement.
Intersections is a story that tracks three families as they negotiate the day to day trials and tribulations of life in a complex society. Through a cultural lens we examine the systems established in our country centuries ago, and how the intersectionality contributes to bias. Intersectionality refers to: ”the social, economic and political ways in which identity-based systems of oppression and privilege connect, overlap and influence one another”.

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Violeta (Fragmentos)

May 18, 2017 

Tribute to the visual work of Chilean artist Violeta Parra through a choreographic montage.
To celebrate the 100th anniversary of the birth of Violeta Parra, the CorpArtes Foundation and Balmaceda Arte Joven (Chile), in a collaborative alliance, pay tribute to the visual work of this great Chilean artist through a choreographic montage. The choreographer Elizabeth Rodriguez is asked to take on the challenge of carrying out the visual work performed by Violeta Parra, summoning a group of young dancers.
This work in progress with local dancers generates a possibility of enriching the work through the exchange and the artistic experimentation. It also allows to evaluate the creative process of a work and not only its result. It is also an opportunity for meeting and feedback with the interested public, allowing to investigate the potentiality of the material that is being worked on.

Violeta (Fragmentos) is an unpublished multidisciplinary proposal and a trip to discover textures, characters and emotions developed by the artist, where young Chilean and American dancers will be part of the cast. An assembly designed to enjoy the contemporary dance and to know the visuality of Violeta Parra.

About Violeta Parra: 
Violeta Parra (1917- 1967), was a Chilean composer, songwriter, folklorist, ethnomusicologist and visual artist. She pioneered the "Chilean' New Song", the Nueva Canción Chilena, a renewal and a reinvention of Chilean folk music. She started a serious interest in ceramics, painting and arpillera embroidery. As a result of a severe hepatitis in 1959 that forced her to stay in bed, her work as a painter and arpillerista was developed greatly. In April 1964 she showed her arpilleras, oil paintings and wire sculptures in the Museum of Decorative Arts of the Louvre - the first solo exhibition of a Latin American artist at the museum.
About the Choreographer:
Independent educator and choreographer Elizabeth Rodriguez trained as an engineer while undergoing dance studies at University of Arcis, and her work often incorporates original set designs evoking principles of physics and
engineering. Rodriguez trained in dance at the Spiral of the University of Arcis (Chile), and in 1995 received a fellowship residency to study Movement Research in New York. Elizabeth Rodríguez tours with the support of Southern Exposure: Performing Arts of Latin America in 2016-2017.



The House of Bernarda Alba

May 3 - 12, 2017 

LPAC & LAGCC Theater Department Collaboration
The House of Bernarda Alba was written under the context of rising fascism in Europe during the 1930's. This re-imagining of the classic Spanish play about five daughters living under the oppressive rule of the matriarch, Bernarda, will put into relief Lorca's irreverent and highly poetical approach to the theater. 

Miki Orihara at LPAC

April 28 - 29, 2017

Fri April 28
Film showing of Resonance I at 7:00PM
Live performance starts at 8:00PM
Sat April 29
Film showing of Resonance I at 2:00PM
Live performance starts at 3:00PM

Miki Orihara's second solo concert reflects upon the lineage of dance, from classical modern to the present.
Legendary Graham principal dancer Miki Orihara's second solo concert reflects upon the lineage of dance, from classical modern to the present. Resonance II includes works by choreographers Merce Cunningham, Lar Lubovitch, Charlotte Griffin, and Tanroh Ishida/Orihara. Orihara draws upon her intimate knowledge of classical modern dance to inform her personal view of contemporary work, while simultaneously using her contemporary explorations as a vessel to shine new light on her understanding and interpretation of works by past masters.
Commissioning support for Resonance II is provided by the Stavros Niarchos Foundation.
Miki Orihara’s residency at LaGuardia Performing Arts Center is part of the CUNY Dance Initiative (CDI), which receives major support from The Mertz Gilmore Foundation, the Howard Gilman Foundation, and the Stavros Niarchos Foundation. Additional support provided by the Jerome Robbins Foundation and the Harkness Foundation for Dance. CDI is spearheaded and administered by The Kupferberg Center for the Arts at Queens College.

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Rough Draft Festival

Fri, March 24 -  Sat, April 8, 2017

The Rough Draft Festival is a celebration of artists/organizations and their work under development. Rough Draft features a wide array of artists whose work is at various levels of development. RD Festival provides stipends and space for artists to develop their work- in- progress. I am so pleased to work with these amazing artists on the Rough Draft Festival's 4th edition, and hope you'll join us to see their excinting new work.

Lab Director, Festival Curator, Handan Ozbilgin

More Info HERE

Soh Daiko

March 25, 2017

With hard-driving rhythms, dynamic choreography, and high-energy performances, Japanese drumming collective Soh Daiko takes traditional taiko music into the 21st century. Performing on drums, bamboo flute, brass bells, conch shells, and gongs, Soh Daiko’s diverse repertoire includes traditional Japanese music as well as original arrangements, enhanced by visual elements and the group’s extraordinary athleticism.

Carnegie Hall's Neighborhood Concerts is a program of the Weill Music Institute.



Emerging Choreographer Series

February 27- 28, 2017

The Emerging Choreographer Series (ECS) is a 360-degree platform providing new or aspiring choreographers with tools, means and support to create, develop and premiere a new finished work. The program is co-presented by Mare Nostrum Elements and LaGuardia Performing Arts Center (LPAC) and provides 4 different elements: a space grant, development mentorship, feedback and performance venue. The ECS also provides a modest stipend to remunerate dancers and cover production expenses such as costumes, props and reimbursements.

ECS 2017 participants are:Felipe Galganni, Margaret Jones, Jacob Kruty, Patrick O’Brien, Michelle Sagarminaga, Jiemin Yang, Jacqueline Dugal, Carmine Caruso,

Photo credit: Gisella Sorrentino/Gaze Photography- Jacqueline Dugal, Mirko Giordano, Marissa Brown, Natalia Roberts, Pavel Machuca.

Passing Strange

January 27- 28, 2017

An autobiography of a young African-American artist in search of himself, on an artistic journey of self-discovery through Europe.
From singer-songwriter and performance artist Stew comes PASSING STRANGE, a daring musical that takes you on a journey across boundaries of place, identity and theatrical convention. Stew brings us the story of a young bohemian who charts a course for "the real" through sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll. Loaded with soulful lyrics and overflowing with passion, the show takes us from black middle-class America to Amsterdam, Berlin and beyond on a journey towards personal and artistic authenticity.



Sorry (2017) 

Sorry by Shook Ones at LPAC
January 19 - 27, 2017

A Story of Love, Hip-hop & hustle Directed by Mauricio Salgado

Sorry is a multimedia theatrical experience that utilizes dance, spoken word and projection to tell a story about cultures colliding that’s never been more relevant or necessary than today. Sorry is an immersive exploration of contemporary interracial partnerships, narrated and annotated by the secret Poet Laureate of the A train.

Shook Ones is choreographer, Cindy Salgado, writer/performer, Alejandro Rodriguez, and multimedia artist, Yazmany Arboleda; they’re joined for Sorry by Yvon “Crazy Smooth” Soglo, one of Canada’s premiere street dancers and the founding director of Bboyizm