Past Events 2018
The Nutcracker and Visit to Santa's Toyland
December 16th, 2018
Join us for a spectacular blend of dance and music that will fill your heart with holiday spirit!
Join us for a spectacular blend of dance and music that will fill your heart with holiday spirit! The Nutcracker brings to life Clara’s holiday dream of a mighty battle between a Mouse King and a Nutcracker, a meeting with her very own Sugar Plum Fairy, and a journey to the “Land of Sweets”. For generations children have enjoyed this charming tale of holiday adventure that follows a little girl’s journey through a fantasy world of dolls, toy soldiers, an army of mice, snowflakes, princes, and fairies.
Just when you think the excitement has ended, you can visit Santa in our magical toyland. Each child will receive a special gift from Santa. Every young dreamer will enjoy this classic holiday tradition.
November 27th, 2018 - December 1st, 2018
One of Sophocles’ most successful dramas.
“Electra” directed by Professor Stefanie Sertich, is a tragedy by the ancient Greek playwright Sophocles. In the aftermath of the Trojan War, Electra and her brother Orestes revenge their mother Clytemnestra and step-father Aegisthus for the murder of their father Agamemnon. It is considered one of Sophocles’ most successful dramas. Director Sertich’s production is set in the 1990’s, war-torn Croatia, in memory of her Croatian family members and friends.
Hercules: In Search of a Hero
November 8th, 2018 - November 10th, 2018
A political piece that explores, through poetic language and images, the meaning of heroism in our days from a feminine perspective.
Eclipses Group Theater NY Presents
‘’Hercules: In Search of a Hero’’
Directed & Conceived by Ioanna Katsarou,
Translated by Demetri Bonaros.
Cast: Luisa Alarcon, Demetri Bonaros, Luke Couzens, Helena Farhi, Alexandra Skendrou
"Hercules: In Search of a Hero" is a new theater piece presented by a multi-ethnic cast, combining excerpts from Euripides’ plays Hercules and Alcestis with original material to explore the meaning of heroism in our time.
It’s a political piece that explores, through poetic language and images, the meaning of heroism in our days from a feminine perspective.
With this performance, we’d like to pose the questions: “What is really heroic in our days?”; “Can someone be named a hero when his/her actions involve violence?”; “How these stereotypes and mythologies of heroism were reproduced in our modern western societies and what is the position of women in them?”; “Do we need to create new mythologies and eventually a new concept of the world?”.
Special Event: The Greek Festival Night
The Greek Theater Night at its core celebrates Greek Theater at LaGuardia Performing Arts Center. Join us in supporting and celebrating our local artists. We want you to have an unforgettable experience as there will be live music and refreshments from local greek restaurants, making this night one to remember. Opa !
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; and with funds from the Decentralization Program, a regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and administered by the Queens Council on the Arts. | This project was funded by Investors Foundations. | This work will be partially developed and performed through a generous space grant from LaGuardia Performing Arts Center (LPAC). The Herculean new production, labors, and quests by EGTNY has begun. Join us and Hercules, on this great journey in the Search of A Hero.
Carnegie Hall Citywide: Corey Cott
October 20th, 2018
Corey Cott was a special guest at Michael Feinstein’s recent Carnegie Hall concert As Time Goes By: Crooning the American Songbook—and now you have the opportunity to hear him again.
He won rave reviews in his Broadway debut as Jack Kelly in the hit musical Newsies, a role he starred in for two years. Cott returned to Broadway in the revival of Gigi, and recently appeared opposite Laura Osnes in the world premiere of Bandstand at Paper Mill Playhouse.
Suroeste Presents 11:11
October 19th, 2018
Mexico-City based, independent arts collective, SurOeste, presents “11:11,” a contemporary dance performance reflecting the anguish, frustration and impotence of the Mexican social, political and economic climate.
The piece is based on Jane Alexander’s installation in the Tate Museum of Modern Art, “African Adventure,” where Alexander creates a scene of thirteen anthropomorphic yet animal-like figures, commenting on the legacy of abuse in post-apartheid South Africa. Drawing inspiration from the enigmatic yet politically charged nature of Alexander’s piece, and incorporating elements of theater, light and sound art, SurOeste presents a thrilling performance. After touring internationally with award-winning performances, this performance marks the collective’s New York debut.
Suroeste Presents 11:11 is part of the QUINCEAÑERA EDITION within the Celebrate Mexico Now festival. For the past fifteen years, the festival has invited audiences to celebrate the creativity, heritage, and heart that contemporary Mexican artists bring to every arts field. Showcasing the wide range of artistic expression from across Mexico and the US. Its Award-winning curator and producer Claudia Norman, internationally recognized for her expertise in contemporary Mexican arts and culture, has assembled an eclectic and thrilling palate of featured projects, including world premieres, US debuts, and cross-cultural collaborations.
Suroeste will be offering a Master Community Dance Class on:
Wednesday, October 17th - 4:00 P.M.
LaGuardia Performing Arts Center Mainstage Theater
31-10 Thomson Ave, Long Island City, NY 11101
Free Community Class with Suroeste Arte Escenico
October 17th, 2018
The community class condenses technical, partner, stylistic, biomechanical and philosophical elements of Sur Oeste and its working system.
LaGuardia Performing Arts Center Mainstage Theater
31-10 Thomson Ave, Long Island City, NY 11101
AGERE: From body to action
AGERE (from Latin to do) is the working principle of Sur Oeste. The class is divided in two:
1. Work on basic foundations of contemporary dance technique and elements of style for all levels: the work of movement starts from the concrete principle of the application of the natural mechanics of the body in motion.
2. The second part works on body expression, improvisation and, fiction elements.
All levels are welcome! If you don't dance but want to have fun, COME! (RSVP Required)
Learn more about the company HERE
Athens on the Half Shell
October 11th, 2018 - October 15th, 2018
In 2012, American artists arrive in Greece to make work about the debt crisis but their trip turns into a breeding ground for their competing traumas.
Written by Joey Merlo
Directed by Handan Ozbilgin
Featuring: Nelson Patino Jr, Alicia Vaikousi, Ino Badanjak, Fanis Gkikas, Sierra D Leverett , Nancy McArthur
Set Design: Dan Daly
Lighting Design: Tuce Yasak
Sound Design: Mark Bruckner
Assistant Director: Sinan Eczacibasi
Stage manager: Cassandra Lynch
A group of American artists arrive in Greece during the 2012 debt crisis to participate in a residency program focused on art and community activism, however their trip quickly turns into a breeding ground for their own competing traumas.
The Alchemy of Imperfection
October 3rd, 2018 - October 4th, 2018
This multimedia theater ensemble by Writer/Director Cara Cruickshank explores gender dynamics in the #MeToo era, illuminating female experiences that defy cultural boundaries, the quest for greater freedom and how men can be allies.
The play explores gender dynamics in the #MeToo era, illuminating female experiences that defy cultural boundaries, the quest for greater freedom and how men can be allies.
Performance followed by a panel discussion: How Can Men Support Women to Speak Up and Be Seen?
NuVu Dance Festival
May 17th, 2018
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.
Columbus is Happening
May 8th, 2018 - May 12th, 2018
A new musical by the playwright who brought the Tony Award winning Passing Strange, Stew.
April 26th, 2018 - April 28th, 2018
Neutral Ground is a 60-minute dance theatre piece that explores existing in the in-between space and the search for belonging as Asian-Pacific Americans.
Creative Direction/Choreography v e s s e l s // Shoey Sun and Kris Seto in collaboration with the artists
Movement Artists Rebecca Corrigan, Niki Farahani, Maurice Ivy, Elizabeth Shew, Haley Sung
Music + Sound Cameron Thompkins
Set Design Simon Schabert
Lighting Design Christopher Weston
Stylist Lee Hubilla
Illustration Lilly Lam
“We’ve been talking about our experiences of growing up in America. Of the reflexive desire to assimilate. The yearning to belong. The feeling of putting on the words Asian-Pacific American - an awkward sweater that we are neither growing into or out of.
This piece stems from our personal memories and observations. It is an attempt to unpack the messiness of identity politics, The Sacrifices of Our Parents, and living within the confines and privileges of being the model minority. Neither a start nor a finish, we’ve imagined Neutral Ground to be a fleeting reflection of the experiences of existing in this in-between.”
The CUNY Dance Initiative receives major support from The Mertz Gilmore Foundation, the Howard Gilman Foundation, and the Stavros Niarchos Foundation. Additional support is provided by the Jerome Robbins Foundation, the SHS Foundation, the Fan Fox & Leslie R. Samuels Foundation, and the Harkness Foundation for Dance. CDI is spearheaded and administered by The Kupferberg Center for the Arts at Queens College.
Carnegie Hall Neighborhood Concert: Soh Daiko
March 24th, 2018
Soh Daiko takes traditional taiko music into the 21st century.
Emerging Choreographer Series
The Emerging Choreographer Series (ECS) is a participatory mentoring program that provides new and aspiring choreographers the tools to create, develop and premiere a new work. Participants receive a modest stipend, free rehearsal space, peer-support, artisitic feedback from stablished choreographers, production and logistical consultations, as well as the opportunity to premiere their work in two evening performances at LPAC. ECS is co-presented with Mare Nostrum Elements.
ECS 2018 Choreographers: Quilan Arnold, Hannah Button, Ann Dragich, Christopher Núñez, Patrick O’Brien (Returning Choreographer), Garrett Parker, Dougie Robbins, Nicoletta Serio (International Choreographer), Zoe Walders
The ECS is supported in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council.