2018 Homecoming Season

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Theaterlab (Orietta Crispino, Artistic Director; Jolene Noelle, Program Director) announces its upcoming season–Homecoming–running September 12 through December 14, 2018 at its Midtown home (357 West 36th Street). Featuring six shows and the program Celebrate the Artist, Homecoming explores the notion of homes, both inherited and created, and examines what it means to return to a seemingly familiar space within an increasingly unfamiliar world.

The season is dedicated to Linda Olthof, the brilliant Dutch movement artist who created three pieces at Theaterlab. After her untimely and tragic passing, we will honor her artistry and creative work throughout our season.

Homecoming features a variety of premieres and programs, including:

Magdalena
September 12 – 22, 2018 – World Premiere

Magdalena
 – a family story of love and dementia – is an intimate multimedia solo performance by the award-winning filmmaker and Guggenheim Fellow Gabri Christa. A deeply personal account of her Dutch mother’s dementia and an effort to piece together her past, marked by struggles with war, interracial marriage and unconventional motherhood. Part family album, part story of love and race, but above all, a reckoning with the harrowing consequences of a devastating illness that affects an increasing percentage of the world’s population. Theaterlab returning artists Erwin Maas (V: Virtue of Victory, 2016)  and Guy de Lancey (Finding Fellini, 2016) contribute to the piece as director and designer/dramaturg, respectively. TICKETS


Leviah
October 23 – 24, 2018 – New York Premiere

Choreographer Reut Shemesh (Wildwood Flowers, Theaterlab 2015) presents her award-winning memoir about vulnerability, power, conformity, and loss of agency. Composed of a collection of memories from service in the Israeli military, Leviah brings to light a phenomenon that is rarely spoken about: the emotional trauma and despair that female soldiers in junior positions endure. Leviah reenacts the gradual but consistent toll that political groupthink takes on the individual psyche. “Leviah is big, dark, brave, personal, but not private.

Reut Shemesh allows dance to handle the art of dealing with vulnerability without portraying the victim as small and powerless.” – TanzMagazine (Germany)

Winner: Cologne Tanz- und Theaterpreis 2017. TICKETS

My Birthday
November 13 – 15, 2018

What does a birthday really mean? Swedish performer Michaela Lind (Lorca! Duende!, Theaterlab 2011) delights and amazes with her new solo clown show. Everybody loves a clown, especially on her birthday. This physical theater work follows a clown as she prepares and celebrates her birthday. After all, we all have birthdays. TICKETS

i see the sun on your back
(Previously titled The Open Window)
November 30 – December 2, 2018

An extension of Hot Winter (Theaterlab Gallery, March 2018), this movement piece investigates loneliness and the search for reciprocated human compassion. Six humans exist in a struggle to understand one another, unifying in difference while falling apart in sameness. 

BIRDHOUSE is a Brooklyn-based, collaborative performance company built from a collective desire to create art through community. Led by Raven Taisce White, the group creates intensely physical performance works that strive to present real relationships, emotions, and community in order to help people–and themselves–understand each other in this uncertain and challenging time. TICKETS

Empath
November 29 – December 9, 2018

Earlier this year, empath David Sauvage stunned audiences in our Theater with an up-close-and-personal look at his unique skill. He has the rare ability to feel what you’re feeling—and to explain what it means for your life. The Guardian and Vice have featured him as a master of his craft. In this performance, David unfurls the surreal story of how a cynical Jew from Los Angeles uncovered this psychic superpower. He shows how he does it by reading volunteers from the audience. This is more than a show; it’s an experience.  TICKETS

Not For Picking
December 12 – December 14, 2018

Choreographer Mary Grace McNally brings back Not For Picking (Theaterlab, June 2018) to our Theater for three days. McNally’s work exists as an attempt to find strength inside of a softened, able body and to explore how societal ideas of women, the expectations and limitations, have influenced our bodies’ reactions to the space and world around us. It works to reduce the severity of these historical pressures in order to better understand how women can move forward with change. It is a continuous cultivation of our ‘womanhood.’ TICKETS

Celebrate the Artist
Featuring Teatro del Disìo: Valerio Vittorio Garaffa and Chiara Cimmino
Social Gathering with the Artists: Thursday, November 8, 2018 (Free and open to the public)
Workshop: November 16 – 18, 2018

A favorite Theaterlab program, Celebrate the Artist, returns this fall, featuring Teatro Del Disìo, an Italian theatre company founded in 2011 by Valerio Vittorio Garaffa and Chiara Cimmino. The company was born out of sense of urgency to create a distinct and personal voice connected to the past and directed to the future. The company offers classes and workshops on Commedia dell’Arte and masks, the “mimic method” (a famous acting technique developed by Maestro Orazio Costa), acting and Italian diction for opera singers, Greek tragedy and Dante’s Divine Comedy.