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.
In these perilous, challenging and unpredictable times in our country and in the world, we can look to the performing arts for some clues as to how we might respond and continue to live our lives with vigilance, and hopefully a modicum of wisdom, to
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.
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).
Christmas in Nickyland and Reggie Wilson/Fist & Heel prove dancing and singing are practices of resilence and resistance.
From APRIL 17 – APRIL 27, 2014 at LaMama The Tribe of Tom will celebrate Tom Murrin’s life and memory by summoning his energy back into this world. Gather together to howl ecstatically and offer gifts to the Goddess of the Full Moon.