A dominating thread of grief and healing wound its way through La MaMa Moves! 2021 and most of the artists brought song and storytelling into a festival that, as curator Nicky Paraiso acknowledged was full of resilient artists “making work that is essential and true to this pivotal moment in time.”
After over a decade hiatus in making work, with “now my hand is ready for my heart” downtown icon, Nicky Paraiso gushes forth while looking back on several lived lives in Nickyworld.
Perforations Festival brings us into direct responsibility for the execution of artistic ideas and challenges the passive stasis of sideline observation in a mostly successful series of performances that ripped apart conventional norms.
Maura and Eugene de Poogene yelled over really loud music with Croatian curator and producer Zvonimir Dobrovic about his “Perforations Festival” – opening Friday.
An effective seduction, there is enough truth in the tall tales to keep us believing and bound to the ride.
Someday, if the Earth survives this oligarchy’s drive to suck the life out of her and us, historians, archivists, and survivors will share stories of the work being made in “this era.” 1 Panel & 2 shows.
Springtime in Nickyland and One-in-Themselves at La MaMa
On Presidents Day in The Club at La MaMa, Nicky Paraiso gathered a packed house of artists and audience members for an evening of protest, stories, songs, dances, reveries and resistance as part of “Bad and Nasty” Performance Protests.
CultureHub’s “Hi-Fi, Wi-FI, Sci-Fi,” a collection of plays by iconic playwright Robert Patrick opens Thursday at La MaMa’s Downstairs Theater. This production connects us with an expansively visionary and prophetic writer and in the hands of this creative team of directors, designers, programmers, and performers we get the easiest way into a rift in the space-time continuum. It’s going to be a pretty singular theatrical experience. The revolution will be virtual.
Freely expressing in January: Day 6 Dispatch (AR Talk, Jen Rosenblit, Bessies honor Judy Hussie-Taylor)
Jaamil Olawale Kosoko and M. Lamar are Incomprehensible, Jen Rosenblit claps hands, and Lucy Sexton, Lisa Kron, Yvonne Rainer and The Bessies celebrate Judy Hussie-Taylor, Rockette Phoebe Pearl and The Right to Free Expression (1st Amendment).
Standing Up in January: Day 2 Dispatch (COIL, Squirts & La Mama with Pavel Zustiak, Patti Harrison & Marga Gomez)
La Mama dispatch for PS 122’s COIL Fest, Pavel Zustiak’s “Custodians of Beauty” and “Bastard (The Painted Bird: Part 1)” and Squirts intergenerational queer pairings with stand up sets from Patti Harrison and Marga Gomez. To start the year alternating between bent over from either despair or because I might laugh so hard that the tears trickle down my legs felt fitting to my polar emotional swings of late.
La MaMa’s Squirts celebrates its 5th anniversary with a series of intergenerational duets to “mend the queer generation gap, or at least bedazzle it.” Now more than ever… now more than never, we’re all going to have to protect legacies and build futures together.