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The 14th Street Y is a thriving and dynamic community center located in the heart of the East Village.  Our members have access to over 50 fitness classes per week, lap and family swim times, childcare, pick-up games in our basketball gymnasium and a fitness center filled with a full range of cardio and weight equipment.  Membership at the Y also gives you access to arts and culture programming, https://14streety.secure.force.com/ticket as well as early registration and discounts on all Y classes and programs like camps, preschool, and Two by Two. www.14thstreety.org.

Full Season Tickets and detailed information on shows available at: www.14streety.org/tickets


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Cirque-tacular: The Art of Circus  | Open: 09/07/16 Close: 09/11/16
The Art of Circus, Cirque-tacular’s newest full length production, derives inspiration from visual art masterpieces that feature dance and circus, as well as world renowned painters, and the time periods and stories that birthed the world's most iconic images. Featuring thrilling acrobatics, world record holders, elite gymnasts, international recognized circus performers, an original score by 4 time ASCAP award winner, Jesse Elder (Postmodern Jukebox), live musicians, and contemporary musical arrangements corresponding to the major movements in art over the last 500 years, audiences will discover an acrobatic fantasy world that is at once familiar, unexpected, and timeless.

Cirque-tacular: The Art of Circus will be presented as part of the Theater/Dance Series curated at The Theater at The 14th Street Y, 344 E. 14th Street, NYC from September 6-11, 2016. Tickets are $39.50-$75 and are available at www.14streety.org/tickets. Performances: Tuesday and Wednesday at 7pm, Thursday at 2pm and 7pm, Friday at 8pm, Saturday at 3pm and 8pm, and Sunday at 11am (special children’s performance) and 7pm. Regular shows recommended for 10 and older.

 

On September 11, 2016 at 11am, a Special Children's Performance runs 70 minutes with no intermission; perfect for younger art lovers!

 

Cirque-tacular Entertainment is a premiere New York City based acrobatic and specialty entertainment company. Through thousands of performances in the last ten years, their work has been enjoyed in over 70 countries, by millions live, in conjunction with the most recognized brands, venues, and arts organizations of our age.

 

About 14th Street Y

The 14th Street Y is a thriving and dynamic community center located in the heart of the East Village.  Our members have access to over 50 fitness classes per week, lap and family swim times, childcare, pick-up games in our basketball gymnasium and a fitness center filled with a full range of cardio and weight equipment.  Membership at the Y also gives you access to arts and culture programming, https://14streety.secure.force.com/ticket as well as early registration and discounts on all Y classes and programs like camps, preschool, and Two by Two. www.14thstreety.org.

 

Full Season Tickets and detailed information on shows available at: www.14streety.org/tickets.

 

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Downtown Jewish Life presents "Into The Night" at the 14th Street Y  | Open: 05/30/17 Close: 05/30/17
Downtown Jewish Life presents

INTO THE NIGHT

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

hosted by The 14th Street Y

 

NEW YORK - Downtown Jewish Life presents INTO THE NIGHT: a contemporary spin on Tikkun Leil Shavuot, hosted by The 14th Street Y on Tuesday, May 30, 2017, from 7:00pm onward (into the night) at 344 East 14th Street, New York City.

 

The Tikkun is a night-long journey through culture in the vein of the many vernal "White Nights" of European traditions. The event will feature conversation and ritual led by artists, musicians, shamans, teachers, scholars, and rabbis. Downtown synagogues and community organizations will lead sessions and workshops designed to provoke philosophical discussion with attendees from all backgrounds.

 

From dance, music and poetry to mixology, text study, sacred chanting, events during the night will provide an environment of thought, culture, creativity, and an extension past one's daily life. While learning deep INTO THE NIGHT we will explore and challenge the notion of Jewish Ritual in inspiring new ways.

 

The "We the People" Track offers an engaging and revealing look at the issues facing audiences today through an anarchic knitting circle, a civil action / call postcard-making station, monologues by Flux Theatre on immigrations issues, and a reading and workshop on the Constitution.

 

More than 20 downtown community partners, theater and dance companies, Argentinean Visual Artists, and French Theater Director, Astrid Bas, plus Frank London and Nadav Lev will join in the fourth-annual night-time journey through conversation, culture, and ritual.

 

"On this holy evening, we are presenting "The Gaga Poems" to share the feminine energy, poetry, and spirit of six women dancers. These are poems about love and hope. They were inspired by my transformative experience of Gaga, a cutting edge dance vocabulary created by the Israeli choreographer Ohad Naharin."

-Lea Fridman & Astrid Bas, Artists

 

Admission is free and there will be programs for all levels of observance. A photo ID is required for entry. Advance RSVP is recommended. For more information and to reserve a spot, please visit http://www.14streety.org/IntoTheNight.

 

PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS

 

We the People Track

* Activate the Constitution || Breathe Free - Flux Theatre Ensemble--a vital part of the indie theater community brings their project "Breathe Free" to our Tikkun. This performance piece will activate our constitution while inspiring a discourse on immigration.

* New York Constitutional Convention - Benjamin Kamine and Atlantic Theater Company's, Abigail Katz read the constitution out loud - workshop

* Anarchic Knitting Circle

* Postcard Party Station -  make a postcard for a cause

* Deb's workshop Workshop: Service, citizenship, and the "We the People" initiative against hate

* Citizenshlep: Selected Readings on Jewish Immigration -- Author Gordon Haber invites you to read and discuss selected pieces on citizenship and the Jews from 20th century fiction

 

Arts/Performances

* Nadav Lev and the Corrections, featuring Jessica Kate Meyers and Frank London

present BIKURIM, a new musical adventure that explores Sephardic, Spanish and Israeli sounds, bringing them together to create a personal, innovative mesh. With Nadav Lev, guitar, Rene Hart, double bass, Satoshi Takeishi, percussion, Rabbi Jessica Kate Meyers, vocal, Frank London, trumpet.

* Israeli Folk Dance Unplugged -- Through dancing and discussion, we will examine the historic and political context of early Israeli folk dances, the choreographers' relationships to the diaspora and European folklore, and the role of appropriated gestures from Jewish Yemenite and Palestinians communities in the creation and dissemination of new national identity.

* REVIVAL -- REVIVAL is a spiritual folk rock performance that speaks to the urgent moral issues of our day and draws from Jewish, Christian, and secular themes of justice and healing.

* The Gaga Poems -- Created by French artist Astrid Bas  This work is a choreography of poetry, dance, and music.

* The composer and his Other: Wagner as Yiddish Opera - A concert performance of one scene from A Yiddishe Wagner followed by a discussion.

* Kaleidoscope: What Does Jewish Look Like to You?

Kaleidoscope is a narrative arts monologue showcase that foregrounds the stories of Jews of diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds. Come here a few of the Kaleidoscope cast members perform their monologues and engage in discussion around the intersection of storytelling, Jewish peoplehood, and diversity.

 

Lectures/Workshops

* LABA Buenos Aires presents: BORGES AND THE KABBALAH

Saul Sosnowski and Mirta Kupferminc will talk about this themes while sharing the artistic handmade book they made together with cabalistic concepts, poetry and etchings.

* LABA BA presents in the Gallery: The Other South

Artists from LABA-Buenos Aires  will present their work on The Other - Drawings, lithographies, installations and  Artist Books.

*Preparing for Revelation Through Sacred Chant with Rabbi Eva

We will joyfully prepare for revelation by opening our hearts and attuning ourselves to the Holy One of Blessings through Sacred Hebrew Chant. 

* Holistic Moroccan Belly Dance Workshop

The workshop combines Belly Dance with Moroccan Berber folklore, while focusing on the organic movement of the body and using elements of trance.

* A Talmud Shiur: Humanitarian vs. Halakhic Concerns Regarding Healing on the Sabbath

The gospels claim that the Talmudic rabbis prohibited healing on the Sabbath. We will read Mishnah and Gemara to see if that claim is correct.

* From Dystopia to Utopia: A Jewish Vision of a Better World

Rabbi Ross will draw from his first book, The Ten Commandments, to present a Jewish vision of a better world.

* Dinah in the Age of Trump - Come and learn the less popular Rabbinic traditions on Dinah, and what they have to teach us about being a woman in the age of Trump. Rabbi Bronwen Mullin Bronwen / Town & Village Synagogue.

* Do Not Follow Your Heart! [Numbers 15:39]  Our Torah offers important advice about personal restraint, only to be contradicted by Kohelet's admonition to "follow the desires of your heart." Given our over-heated political climate, which way do we go?  Join Rabbi Larry Sebert and Dr. Glen Millstein, CUNY Professor of Clinical Psychology, to explore a Jewish perspective on impulse and passion - where they can lead us astray and how they can make things right.

 

Throughout the night, there will be an open café, a postcard-making station, and LABA BA artists in the gallery.

 

A full schedule of participants and program can be found below and online at www.14streety.org/IntoTheNight.

 

Downtown Jewish Life is a network of downtown Jewish organizations and individuals hosted by The 14th Street Y. Downtown Jewish Life experiences welcome people of every background, identity, age, family configuration and religious affiliation (or none), who are interested in finding meaning, values,and community inspired by Jewish sensibilities. Downtown Jewish Life includes: 14th Street Y, American Jewish Historical Society, Anne Frank Center for Mutual Respect, BASE Hillel, BBYO New York, Brotherhood Synagogue, Congregation Beth Simchat Torah, Conservative Synagogue of Fifth Avenue, East End Temple, Educational Alliance, Hazon, Honeymoon Israel,  JCP Downtown, Kol Hakfar, The Jewish Plays Project, LABA: A Laboratory for Jewish Culture, LAB/Shul, Manny Cantor Center, Museum of Jewish Heritage, The New Shul, Ohel Ayalah, NYU Bronfman Center, The Center for Creative Judaism, Congregation Magen David, The Shul of New York, The Stanton Street Shul, The Sixth Street Community Synagogue, Tamid: The Downtown Synagogue, Town & Village Synagogue, The Village Temple, and YIVO.

 

INTO THE NIGHT is made possible thanks to the generous support of the UJA-Federation of New York and a grant from the Covenant Foundation.

 

Teachers, Musicians and Artists:

Rabbi Dr. Judith Hauptman, Rabbi Rachel Weiss, Rabbi Sharon Kleinbaum, Rabbi David Dunn Bauer, Ruhi Sophia Motzkin Rubenstein, n, Rabbi Gavriel Bellino, Misha Shulman, Cantor Michael Weis, Dr. Sharon Keller, Rabbi Larry Sebert & Bronwen Mullin, Rabbi David Gaffney, Shira Kline, Amichai Lau-Lavie,, Julie Gayer Kris, Ruby Namdar, Astrid Bas, Nadav Lev, and Frank London.

 

About The Arts at the 14th Street Y

The 14th Street Y is a cultural center focused on innovation and connection. We play host to some of New York City's most cutting-edge theater and dance companies and produce our own original programming through LABA: A Laboratory for Jewish Culture. The center serves more than 20,000 people annually with a variety of community programs and is proud to be a part of Educational Alliance, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization with a 128-year history of serving New Yorkers downtown.

 

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Downtown Jewish Life presents INTO THE NIGHT  | Open: 05/30/17 Close: 05/30/17
Downtown Jewish Life presents

INTO THE NIGHT

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

hosted by The 14th Street Y

 

NEW YORK - Downtown Jewish Life presents INTO THE NIGHT: a contemporary spin on Tikkun Leil Shavuot, hosted by The 14th Street Y on Tuesday, May 30, 2017, from 7:00pm onward (into the night) at 344 East 14th Street, New York City.

 

The Tikkun is a night-long journey through culture in the vein of the many vernal "White Nights" of European traditions. The event will feature conversation and ritual led by artists, musicians, shamans, teachers, scholars, and rabbis. Downtown synagogues and community organizations will lead sessions and workshops designed to provoke philosophical discussion with attendees from all backgrounds.

 

From dance, music and poetry to mixology, text study, sacred chanting, events during the night will provide an environment of thought, culture, creativity, and an extension past one's daily life. While learning deep INTO THE NIGHT we will explore and challenge the notion of Jewish Ritual in inspiring new ways.

 

The "We the People" Track offers an engaging and revealing look at the issues facing audiences today through an anarchic knitting circle, a civil action / call postcard-making station, monologues by Flux Theatre on immigrations issues, and a reading and workshop on the Constitution.

 

More than 20 downtown community partners, theater and dance companies, Argentinean Visual Artists, and French Theater Director, Astrid Bas, plus Frank London and Nadav Lev will join in the fourth-annual night-time journey through conversation, culture, and ritual.

 

"On this holy evening, we are presenting "The Gaga Poems" to share the feminine energy, poetry, and spirit of six women dancers. These are poems about love and hope. They were inspired by my transformative experience of Gaga, a cutting edge dance vocabulary created by the Israeli choreographer Ohad Naharin."

-Lea Fridman & Astrid Bas, Artists

 

Admission is free and there will be programs for all levels of observance. A photo ID is required for entry. Advance RSVP is recommended. For more information and to reserve a spot, please visit http://www.14streety.org/IntoTheNight.

 

PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS

 

We the People Track

* Activate the Constitution || Breathe Free - Flux Theatre Ensemble--a vital part of the indie theater community brings their project "Breathe Free" to our Tikkun. This performance piece will activate our constitution while inspiring a discourse on immigration.

* New York Constitutional Convention - Benjamin Kamine and Atlantic Theater Company's, Abigail Katz read the constitution out loud - workshop

* Anarchic Knitting Circle

* Postcard Party Station -  make a postcard for a cause

* Deb's workshop Workshop: Service, citizenship, and the "We the People" initiative against hate

* Citizenshlep: Selected Readings on Jewish Immigration -- Author Gordon Haber invites you to read and discuss selected pieces on citizenship and the Jews from 20th century fiction

 

Arts/Performances

* Nadav Lev and the Corrections, featuring Jessica Kate Meyers and Frank London

present BIKURIM, a new musical adventure that explores Sephardic, Spanish and Israeli sounds, bringing them together to create a personal, innovative mesh. With Nadav Lev, guitar, Rene Hart, double bass, Satoshi Takeishi, percussion, Rabbi Jessica Kate Meyers, vocal, Frank London, trumpet.

* Israeli Folk Dance Unplugged -- Through dancing and discussion, we will examine the historic and political context of early Israeli folk dances, the choreographers' relationships to the diaspora and European folklore, and the role of appropriated gestures from Jewish Yemenite and Palestinians communities in the creation and dissemination of new national identity.

* REVIVAL -- REVIVAL is a spiritual folk rock performance that speaks to the urgent moral issues of our day and draws from Jewish, Christian, and secular themes of justice and healing.

* The Gaga Poems -- Created by French artist Astrid Bas  This work is a choreography of poetry, dance, and music.

* The composer and his Other: Wagner as Yiddish Opera - A concert performance of one scene from A Yiddishe Wagner followed by a discussion.

* Kaleidoscope: What Does Jewish Look Like to You?

Kaleidoscope is a narrative arts monologue showcase that foregrounds the stories of Jews of diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds. Come here a few of the Kaleidoscope cast members perform their monologues and engage in discussion around the intersection of storytelling, Jewish peoplehood, and diversity.

 

Lectures/Workshops

* LABA Buenos Aires presents: BORGES AND THE KABBALAH

Saul Sosnowski and Mirta Kupferminc will talk about this themes while sharing the artistic handmade book they made together with cabalistic concepts, poetry and etchings.

* LABA BA presents in the Gallery: The Other South

Artists from LABA-Buenos Aires  will present their work on The Other - Drawings, lithographies, installations and  Artist Books.

*Preparing for Revelation Through Sacred Chant with Rabbi Eva

We will joyfully prepare for revelation by opening our hearts and attuning ourselves to the Holy One of Blessings through Sacred Hebrew Chant. 

* Holistic Moroccan Belly Dance Workshop

The workshop combines Belly Dance with Moroccan Berber folklore, while focusing on the organic movement of the body and using elements of trance.

* A Talmud Shiur: Humanitarian vs. Halakhic Concerns Regarding Healing on the Sabbath

The gospels claim that the Talmudic rabbis prohibited healing on the Sabbath. We will read Mishnah and Gemara to see if that claim is correct.

* From Dystopia to Utopia: A Jewish Vision of a Better World

Rabbi Ross will draw from his first book, The Ten Commandments, to present a Jewish vision of a better world.

* Dinah in the Age of Trump - Come and learn the less popular Rabbinic traditions on Dinah, and what they have to teach us about being a woman in the age of Trump. Rabbi Bronwen Mullin Bronwen / Town & Village Synagogue.

* Do Not Follow Your Heart! [Numbers 15:39]  Our Torah offers important advice about personal restraint, only to be contradicted by Kohelet's admonition to "follow the desires of your heart." Given our over-heated political climate, which way do we go?  Join Rabbi Larry Sebert and Dr. Glen Millstein, CUNY Professor of Clinical Psychology, to explore a Jewish perspective on impulse and passion - where they can lead us astray and how they can make things right.

 

Throughout the night, there will be an open café, a postcard-making station, and LABA BA artists in the gallery.

 

A full schedule of participants and program can be found below and online at www.14streety.org/IntoTheNight.

 

Downtown Jewish Life is a network of downtown Jewish organizations and individuals hosted by The 14th Street Y. Downtown Jewish Life experiences welcome people of every background, identity, age, family configuration and religious affiliation (or none), who are interested in finding meaning, values,and community inspired by Jewish sensibilities. Downtown Jewish Life includes: 14th Street Y, American Jewish Historical Society, Anne Frank Center for Mutual Respect, BASE Hillel, BBYO New York, Brotherhood Synagogue, Congregation Beth Simchat Torah, Conservative Synagogue of Fifth Avenue, East End Temple, Educational Alliance, Hazon, Honeymoon Israel,  JCP Downtown, Kol Hakfar, The Jewish Plays Project, LABA: A Laboratory for Jewish Culture, LAB/Shul, Manny Cantor Center, Museum of Jewish Heritage, The New Shul, Ohel Ayalah, NYU Bronfman Center, The Center for Creative Judaism, Congregation Magen David, The Shul of New York, The Stanton Street Shul, The Sixth Street Community Synagogue, Tamid: The Downtown Synagogue, Town & Village Synagogue, The Village Temple, and YIVO.

 

INTO THE NIGHT is made possible thanks to the generous support of the UJA-Federation of New York and a grant from the Covenant Foundation.

 

Teachers, Musicians and Artists:

Rabbi Dr. Judith Hauptman, Rabbi Rachel Weiss, Rabbi Sharon Kleinbaum, Rabbi David Dunn Bauer, Ruhi Sophia Motzkin Rubenstein, n, Rabbi Gavriel Bellino, Misha Shulman, Cantor Michael Weis, Dr. Sharon Keller, Rabbi Larry Sebert & Bronwen Mullin, Rabbi David Gaffney, Shira Kline, Amichai Lau-Lavie,, Julie Gayer Kris, Ruby Namdar, Astrid Bas, Nadav Lev, and Frank London.

 

About The Arts at the 14th Street Y

The 14th Street Y is a cultural center focused on innovation and connection. We play host to some of New York City's most cutting-edge theater and dance companies and produce our own original programming through LABA: A Laboratory for Jewish Culture. The center serves more than 20,000 people annually with a variety of community programs and is proud to be a part of Educational Alliance, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization with a 128-year history of serving New Yorkers downtown.

 

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Hanna and the Moonlit Dress  | Open: 12/02/16 Close: 12/18/16
The Theater at the 14th Street Y

presents

Hanna and the Moonlit Dress

December 2-18, 2016

 

The Theater at the 14th Street Y presents Hanna and the Moonlit Dress as part of the Theater/Dance Series curated at The Theater at The 14th Street Y, 344 E. 14th Street, NYC from December 2-18, 2016 at 7:30pm. Performances: Fridays at 4pm; Saturdays and Sundays at 10am and noon. Tickets are $18 for adults, $12 for children, $35 for family (maximum of five members), and are available at www.14streety.org/tickets.

 

Hanna and the Moonlit Dress, based on Izhak Scheiger-Dmi’el’s book and adapted for the stage by Ronit Muszkatblit and Yoav Gal, is a magical, interactive musical for children about the power of a good deed. Directed by Ronit Muszkatblit. Hanna is played by Case Watson and the Mother is played by Kate Mulberry.  The Music Director is Peter Hodgson.

 

Young Hannah'le just wanted to help the coal miner carry his heavy sack of coal from the forest, but now--Oh No! Her new white dress is stained with black spots! How can Hanna go to dinner now? Won't Mama be upset? Perhaps the moon will come to Hanna's rescue with its magical light. Join Hanna and her friends, including Edna the cow, Zuzzi the dog, the Coalman and the Moon, in an interactive musical theater experience for children ages 2-8. Hanna helps a stranger, and in the process accidentally dirties her white dress, newly sewn by her mother for Shabbat. Her distress is relieved, however, when she discovers the magic of a good deed.

 

Children will help create the world of the play by crafting paper masks, costumes, and set pieces with the actors. The show is 50 minutes with no intermission.

 

'We want the children to learn that if you put out positive energy or a positive action, something good will come back to you. It’s a simple story, this cycle, were the goodness that [Hanna] gives to the old man, comes back to her through the moon. It’s a simple message, and there’s the emphasis on play and draw, and that’s why everything is made out of paper, to show that we can create a world, and a play, and a set, just from paper and glue and a black pen. Hanna does a good deed, and something good comes to her, and she shares it with her mom, and they spend time together. It really, for me, that sense of time together more than the religious thing. And it’s good that you have a marker, one day a week for rest. If it’s not a Saturday, if it’s a Wednesday, I don’t care. Take time for each-other,” said Ronit Muszkatblit, Director of Hanna and Artistic Director of the 14th Street Y.

 

With their creativity and spirit, children have the power to remake the world.”

- The Jewish Week

 

About 14th Street Y

The 14th Street Y is a thriving and dynamic community center located in the heart of the East Village. Our members have access to over 50 fitness classes per week, lap and family swim times, childcare, pick-up games in our basketball gymnasium and a fitness center filled with a full range of cardio and weight equipment.  Membership at the Y also gives you access to arts and culture programming, https://14streety.secure.force.com/ticket as well as early registration and discounts on all Y classes and programs like camps, preschool, and Two by Two. www.14thstreety.org.

 

Full Season Tickets and detailed information on shows available at: www.14streety.org/tickets.

 

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Hanna and the Moonlit Dress  | Open: 01/20/18 Close: 02/11/18
The Theater at The 14th Street Y presents

Hanna and the Moonlit Dress

January 20 - February 11, 2018

 

The Theater at the 14th Street Y presents Hanna and the Moonlit Dress at 344 E. 14th Street, NYC from January 20 – February 11, 2018 at 7:30pm. Performances: Saturdays and Sundays at 11am and 1pm. Tickets are $40 and are available at www.14streety.org/hanna. For more information, visit www.themoonlitdress.com.

 

Hanna and the Moonlit Dress is back in NYC to kick off the New Year following the first North American tour, making stops in Houston, Baltimore, Toronto and Detroit.

 

Hanna and the Moonlit Dress is an interactive musical revealing the magic of a good deed, based on the classic Israeli tale "Hanna's Sabbath Dress" by Itzhak Schweiger-Dmi'el, adapted for the stage by Yoav Gal and Ronit Muszkatblit.

 

Overjoyed with her new dress, Hanna runs to show it to her friends: Zuzi the dog and Edna the cow. Little does she know what a meaningful adventure awaits her...

 

"Based on Itzhak Schweiger-Dmi'el's classic tale, this interactive musical tells the story of a young girl who helps a coal miner and ends up with black spots all over her new Shabbat dress (a gift from her mother). Little does she know she'll be rewarded for her kindness." Time Out New York

 

Hanna and the Moonlit Dress is a delightful musical revealing the mysterious power of good deeds. Developed at the 14th Street Y and LABA: A Laboratory for Jewish Culture, Hanna's story brings new Jewish / Israeli culture to life.

 

This magical interactive journey with beautiful special effects, live music, and set created by the audience transports children into Hanna's enchanted world. Recommended for ages 2-8. (15 minute workshop and 40 minutes show with no intermission)

 

"Hanna and the Moonlit Dress Provides an Alternative Holiday Experience...delightful and inspiring....a good exploration of a religious tradition of the non-Christmas variety."

- Miles Harter, ZEALnyc

 

"An absolute delight from start to finish!" 

- Jill Valentino, beyourbestmom.com

 

"Beautifully, visually done; the idea of cutouts, and everything being white, and made out of paper, it's really magical." 

- Adi Ezroni, Israeli TV star and film producer

 

"A winning combination, a simpler day in time; Storytelling that captures the attentions of children with music deeply symbolic of the Sabbath."Squeegi.com

 

The cast features Case Watson, Kate Mullberry, Matt Webster, Hannah Seusy, and Jordan Silver. Directed by Ronit Muszkatblit, with musical direction by Emily Erikson; music by Rafi Ben-Moshe and Yoav Gal; music arrangement by Uri Scharlin; book adaptation, translation and lyrics by Gina Bonati and Ronit Muszkatblit; set and costumes by Yoav Gal; and Lighting Design by Josh Benghiat and Kryssy Wright.

 

LABA: A Laboratory for Jewish Culture is a program of the 14th Street Y that uses classic Jewish texts to inspire the creation of art, dialogue and study.

 

About LABA

Each year, The Theater at the 14th Street Y presents the residency program LABA: A Laboratory for Jewish Culture. The goal is to support Jewish art and culture by providing the space, time, and resources needed to create new work. At the core of LABA's mission is the belief that classical Jewish text study can and should be a source of inspiration and creativity for contemporary culture-makers and thinkers. All of the public art created through LABA aims to transcend cultural and social borders by bringing to light the universal themes and questions that our artists encounter through their engagement with Jewish thought.

 

About The Theater at the 14th Street Y

The Theater at the 14th Street Y focuses on social awareness and change through big picture narrative.  Inspired by works that welcome artists of all backgrounds, we place artists at the heart of our community and seek to create an inclusive and open cultural experience for all. Art is incubated here.

 

About the 14th Street Y

The 14th Street Y's philosophy is grounded in the belief that contemporary Jewish sensibilities can be a source of inspiration, connection and learning. No matter what your background, we aim to inspire you to live your best life. We're committed to the development of the whole person, to strengthening family connections and to building inclusive and sustainable communities. The 14thStreet Y serves more than 20,000 people annually with a variety of community programs and is proud to be a part of Educational Alliance, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization with a 128-year history of serving New Yorkers downtown.

 

Full Season Tickets and detailed information on shows available at: www.14streety.org/tickets.

 

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Into the Night  | Open: 05/19/18 Close: 05/19/18
Downtown Jewish Life presents

INTO THE NIGHT

Saturday, May 19, 2018
hosted by The 14th Street Y

 

NEW YORK - Downtown Jewish Life presents INTO THE NIGHT, a contemporary spin on an ancient tradition of all night study during the Jewish Holiday of Shavuot, hosted by The 14th Street Y on Saturday, May 19, 2018 beginning 6pm.

 

The In[heir]itance Project will start the night with The Abraham Play from The Genesis Plays at 6pm. The Opening Ritual, hosted by several community leaders with live music, liturgy, poetry, and performance, will follow at 7:30pm, and programming will continue throughout the evening until dawn at 344 E. 14th Street, NYC. More than 30 downtown community partners, including museums, synagogues, and artists, will join in this fifth-annual night-time journey through conversation, culture, and ritual.

 

The Tikkun is a night-long journey through culture in the vein of the "White Nights" of European traditions. The event will feature conversations and rituals led by artists, musicians, shamans, teachers, scholars, and rabbis. Downtown synagogues and community organizations will lead sessions and workshops designed to provoke philosophical discussion with attendees from all levels of observance.

 

Introducing this year's Downtown Tikkun at the 14th Street Y, the In[heir]itance Project will provide a thoughtful, interactive performance of Abraham; Abe, a Wall Street stock jock, returns to the office of his recently deceased, estranged father to search for a lost deed. Among the piles of papers strewn about the office, Abe doesn't find the deed, but instead, finds a scavenger hunt his father that has left behind for him - and the audience holds the clues.

 

Another exciting performance will be presented in our pool to further push the boundaries of where we find art in our space. "Beneath the Surface", a site-specific underwater dance experience by Lenora Lee Dance, featuring Yi-Ting Hsu and Peter Cheng, is sure to engage all audiences.

 

For the first time ever, this year's offerings include a Hebrew Track, during which all will engage with artists, stories, texts, and Kabalah in Hebrew, led by Midrasha New York. Another special program will feature A Talmud Shiur Focusing on Women's Voices in the Talmud, and Rabbi Eva Sax-Bolder from the Shul of NY will lead guests through English and Hebrew chants as we explore our own paths through the wilderness, bamidbar, to receiving Torah. Come with an open heart for this participatory chanting, drumming, and meditation experience. 

 

"It has actually been a long desire for us to host a Tikkun track in Hebrew. A nightlong study track co-curated by Temima Goldberg Shulman, Founder/Director of The Midrasha in Manhattan and our own Fellowship program, LABA: A Laboratory for Jewish Culture, will invite our Israeli and Jewish American community to spend the night speaking and studying in Hebrew with Yael Kanarek, Ruby Namdar, and Liel Leibovitz. This will add another layer of intrigue and a gateway to this mystical night, without translation and bridging of the original classical texts. Inspired by the 5 plays of the In[heir]itance Project, the night of study will focus on women architypes of the bible." Ronit Muszkatblit, Director of Arts & Culture at the 14th Street Y.

 

The evening will include many more incredible programs led by Downtown Jewish Life partners and Rabbis. While learning deep INTO THE NIGHT, Jewish texts will be explored and unique insights will be discovered as people from all ages and backgrounds grow and change.

 

"I spent the past three years making five plays around the country inspired by the book of Genesis. For the first time ever and for one night only all five plays will be performed in order in one theater, back to back. We will begin at the beginning (Abraham) and end at the beginning (Sarah). In between we'll explore a family soap opera that is brutal and raw, honest and over the top. There will be battles and love triangles and sibling rivalry and parental favoritism all in one package, all in one night. As an artist, I am overwhelmed at the idea of seeing these five plays in conversation with each other in such a concentrated period of time. As a morning person, I'm overwhelmed at the amount of caffeine I'm gonna need to get through it!" Jon Adam Ross, actor and playwright of the In[heir]itance Project. 

 

Admission is free and there will be programs for all levels of observance. A photo ID is required for entry. Advance RSVP is recommended. For more information and to reserve a spot, please visit http://www.14streety.org/IntoTheNight.

 

A full schedule of participants and program can be found below and online at www.14streety.org/IntoTheNight.

 

Downtown Jewish Life is a network of downtown Jewish organizations and individuals hosted by The 14th Street Y. Downtown Jewish Life experiences welcome people of every background, identity, age, family configuration, and religious affiliation (or none), who are interested in finding meaning, values, and community inspired by Jewish sensibilities. Downtown Jewish Life includes: American Jewish Historical Society, Anne Frank Center for Mutual Respect, Base Hillel, Brotherhood Synagogue, Congregation Beth Simchat Torah, Center for Jewish History, Conservative Synagogue of Fifth Avenue, East End Temple, Educational Alliance Hazon, JCP Downtown, The Jewish Plays Project, Kol Hakfar, Honeymoon Israel, LABA: A Laboratory for Jewish Culture, LAB/Shul, Leo Baeck Institute, Manny Cantor Center, Museum of Jewish Heritage, The New Shul, Ohel Ayalah, NYU Bronfman Center, The Center for Creative Judaism, Reboot, The Stanton Street Shul, The Sixth Street Community Synagogue, The Shul of NY, Tamid: The Downtown Synagogue, Town & Village Synagogue, The Village Temple, and Yivo.

 

INTO THE NIGHT is made possible thanks to the generous support of the UJA-Federation of New York and a grant from the Covenant Foundation.

 

Teachers, Musicians and Artists:

Rabbi Dr. Judith Hauptman, Rabbi Rachel Weiss, Rabbi Sharon Kleinbaum, Rabbi David Dunn Bauer, Ruhi Sophia Motzkin Rubenstein, Elana Friedman, Rabbi Gavriel Bellino, Misha Shulman, Cantor Michael Weis, Dr. Sharon Keller, Rabbi Larry Sebert & Rabbi Bronwen Mullin, Rabbi David Gaffney, Rabbi Eva Sax-Bolder, Shira Kline, Amichai Lau-Lavie, Reverend Kimberleigh Jordan, Ph.D, Julie Gayer Kris, Ruby Namdar, Shawn Shafner, Dan Nadel, David Deblinger, Glenn Grossman, Andy Tierstein, Jon Adam Ross, Ariel Warmflash, Temima Goldberg Shulman, Yael Kanarek, Nathaniel Bernam, Lenora Lee, and Foreignfire.

 

About The Arts at the 14th Street Y

The 14th Street Y is a cultural center focused on innovation and connection. We play host to some of New York City's most cutting-edge theater and dance companies and produce our own original programming through LABA: A Laboratory for Jewish Culture. The center serves more than 26,000 people annually with a variety of community programs and is proud to be a part of Educational Alliance, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization with a 128-year history of serving New Yorkers in Downtown Manhattan.

 

About the 14th Street Y

We are a vibrant community center grounded in the belief that contemporary Jewish sensibilities can be a source of inspiration, connection, and learning for the individuals and families we serve throughout Downtown Manhattan. We focus on health and fitness, education and enrichment programs, and innovative arts and cultural programming.

 

We are committed to the development of the whole person and bettering people's lives and strengthening individual and family connections by building an inclusive, vibrant, and sustainable communities.

 

The 14th Street Y is part of Educational Alliance, a Downtown Manhattan nonprofit that serves 50,000 New Yorkers annually. It provides a wide range of services for people of all ages, including preschools, camps, after school programs, senior centers, health & wellness programs, arts & culture classes, counseling services, and addiction recovery programs.

 

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LABA at The 14th Street Y presented LABAlive WAR & PEACE: TWO  | Open: 06/14/18 Close: 06/14/18
LABA at The 14th Street Y 

presented

LABAlive WAR & PEACE: TWO

May 31, 2018, 7:30pm

 

LABA presented LABAlive WAR & PEACE: TWO, an evening of theater works-in-progress by current fellows on May 31, 2018 at 7:30pm at The Theater at the 14thStreet Y, 344 E. 14th Street, New York, NY 10003.

 

LABAlive possess the old and the new, the ancient and modern, and the deeply personal and yet universal qualities that inspire and challenge all artists.

- Laura Beatrix Newmark, LABAlive Fellow

 

Each year, LABA: A Laboratory for Jewish Culture brings together ten fellows to study classic Jewish texts in a non-religious, open-minded setting centered on a chosen theme.WAR & PEACE was explored this year and at LABAlive WAR & PEACE: TWO.  Inspired by ancient Jewish texts, the presenting Fellows showcased their new work in an evening of art, drinks, and celebration. The evening featured Fellows Amy HandelsmanTal Gur,Jacob Siegel, and Text Study by Liel Leibovitz.

 

Perhaps, then, it is not that we prevail despite our wounds. Perhaps it is the very wound itself that bestows the blessing. - Amy Handelsman, LABAlive Fellow

 

The past year of learning, drinking, artistic ferment and Jewish solidarity in the LABA classroom has more than made up for any bad experiences I had as a kid forced to attend Hebrew school. It has been a great pleasure and illuminating adventure exploring the wisdom and beauty of these ancient texts under the guidance of learned teachers.Trying out new material on a live audience is a gift. LABAlive was a welcome break from the solitary writer's existence. It was also the first in what I expect will be many attempts to weave the last year of learning and study into my creative work. Who knows where it will lead.- Jacob Siegel, Writer and LABA Fellow

 

Highlights of the evening included World Champion and Rabbi Yuri Foreman, (who spared and performed and was featured in short documentary style interviews throughout the piece and illuminating Amy's relationship to text, Torah, belief and battling throughout your life.) finding a moment to spar with his pupil Amy Handelsman; the deeply moving connection between father, who came from Israel to rehearse and engage with his father through this personal modeling,and son in Tal Gur's Parachute Path; and the audience's eagerness to hear more from Jacob Siegel's 4711 Dreams of Jihad.

 

The pieces presented in the evening were:

 

AMY HANDELSMAN // LOVE BY TKO: Life Lessons in the Ring (theatrical excerpts from my memoir)// LITERARY

written & directed by: Amy Handelsman

choreographer & trainer: Yuri Foreman

boxer: Amy Handelsman

female: Alice O'Neill

male: Wyatt G. Maker

video and set design: Kryssy Wright

 

In which connections are made between boxing training and Torah study, with world-class boxer Yuri Foreman, a middleweight champ and ordained rabbi.

 

TAL GUR // Parachute Path // THEATER

concept, performance, text: Tal Gur

performance, text: Meir Gur

choreography, dance: Anne Tobey Bassen

director, drama therapist: Jessica Asch

video: Alona Weiss

costume design: Naama Greenfield-Simpson

 

Meir Gur, a colonel in the Israeli Air Force reserve is heading on a special combat mission far away from home. The mission gets a shift where vibrations of history, family and future surrounds the plane.

 

JACOB SIEGEL // 4711 Dreams of Jihad // LITERATURE

 

Nick Dunman, 29, a semi-pro player of the popular video game Supreme Destroyer lives at home with his parents and dreams of running away to join a war - any war. What Nick doesn't know is that Supreme Destroyer is more than a game-it's a virtual laboratory for corporations to test new psychometric algorithms, a forum for jihadists to communicate, and an arena for government surveillance and military recruiting. When federal agents break down his door, Nick finds his life on the line and has to push to the outer limits of the game and decide which reality he'll serve.

 

THE FELLOWS

 

Amy Handelsman is a producer, writer and story executive, working in theater, film and television in Los Angeles and New York. She has developed and produced plays, movies, and cable and network films and series for Center Theatre Group, Showtime, Warner Bros., ABC, CBS, PBS, and Tri-Star. Handelsman has also served as a theater consultant for HBO's U.S. Comedy Arts Festival in Aspen and the Hip-Hop Theater Festival in New York, and as a media consultant for the Foundation for Jewish Culture and Women in Film. She has worked with such diverse artists as August Wilson, Culture Clash, Don Cheadle, Patricia Marx, Erin Cressida Wilson, and Danny Hoch. A lifelong sports fan, Handelsman wrote about her boxing experiences for Playboy and is working on a documentary on baseball umpires. She served as the Executive Director of the United States Poker Federation and the United States Mind Sports Association and contributes to various boxing and poker sites. Handelsman teaches The Literature of Games and Forms of Drama at Stony Brook University and New York University, respectively (Fall 2017). She is a cum laude graduate of Harvard University.

 

Tal Gur is an Israeli-American composer, multi-instrumentalist and a music therapist. He was born in Israel and grew up in an Air Force base in the valley of Jezreel, where the sounds of combat aircrafts taking off the ground and the sights of fertile plains have influenced his curiosity to humankind and nature. The curiosity developed to an evolving force of expression that found its way mainly through music. He studied for a B.mus at the Jerusalem Academy for Music, majored in saxophone jazz performance. Over time Tal developed an identity as a soloist that fluidly plays different styles of jazz, folk, rock and balkan music and has performed, recorded and collaborated with various bands in Israel, Europe and the United States. Tal's curiosity for music, human beings, relationships and psychology have brought him to pursue an M.A in music therapy from Bar-Ilan University and a post graduate training from NYU. He lives in Brooklyn with his partner and with his daughter and works in a school in Manhattan for children with autism. He released three albums as a composer; Air Portrait (2008), Basar Ve'Dam, (Flesh and Blood, 2011) and Under Contractions (2014).

 

Jacob Siegel is a writer and Army veteran living in the same Brooklyn neighborhood where he grew up, though it's now known by a new name. He co-edited Fire and Forget: Short Stories from the Long War, published by Da Capo in 2012, a critically praised anthology of fiction by Iraq and Afghanistan veterans for which he contributed the lead story. After returning from Afghanistan in 2012 he joined The Daily Beast as a reporter covering war, national security, and digital culture. While there, he was nominated for a national magazine award and reported from Baghdad the month after the initial ISIS assault on Mosul. In 2015 he left The Beast to work as a freelancer and has since published widely read essays in Tablet magazine, Politico, and elsewhere. In 2015 he was a co-instructor along with Kara Krauze for the inaugural semester of Voices from War, a free writing workshop for veterans held at the 14th St. Y. His journalism, essays and reviews have been published in The New York Times, Tablet, the magazine for the National Endowment for the Humanities, The Daily News, Politico, and numerous other publications.

 

LABA: A Laboratory for Jewish Culture is a program of the 14th Street Y that uses classic Jewish texts to inspire dialogue, study, and the creation of art. 

 

About LABA

LABA: A Laboratory for Jewish Culture is a program of The 14th Street Y. The goal is to support Jewish art and culture by providing the space, time, and resources needed to create new work. At the core of LABA's mission is the belief that classical Jewish text study can and should be a source of inspiration and creativity for contemporary culture-makers and thinkers. All of the public art created through LABA aims to transcend cultural and social borders by bringing to light the universal themes and questions that our artists encounter through their engagement with Jewish thought.

 

About The Theater at the 14 

th Street Y

The Theater at the 14th Street Y focuses on social awareness and change through big-picture narrative. We place artists from all backgrounds at the heart of our community and seek to create an inclusive and open cultural experience for all. One of our primary goals is to provide an incubation space for art.

 

About the 14th Street Y

The 14th Street Y's philosophy is grounded in the belief that contemporary Jewish sensibilities can be a source of inspiration, connection and learning. No matter what your background, we aim to inspire you to live your best life. We're committed to the development of the whole person, to strengthening family connections, and to building inclusive and sustainable communities. The 14thStreet Y serves more than 20,000 people annually with a variety of community programs and is proud to be a part of Educational Alliance, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization with a 128-year history of serving New Yorkers downtown.

 

Full Season Tickets and detailed information on shows available at: www.14streety.org/tickets.

 

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LABAlive Presents

OTHER: ONE

An investigation of Other

at the Theater at the14th Street Y

February 9, 2017 at 7:30pm

 

Part of LABA is the House of Study, an artist fellowship program for which around 10 culture-makers, a mix of visual artists, writers, dancers, musicians, actors and others, are brought together to study classic Jewish texts in a non-religious, open-minded setting. The fellows use the study to inspire work which is then featured in our LABAlive series, to provide a platform to share the work, expose the process and teach the text they were inspired by..

 

LABAlive presents OTHER: ONE, an evening of film, visual art, multi-media, theater and opera exploring the theme of OTHER on February 9, 2017 at 7:30pm at the 14th Street Y. This is the first of three LABAlive showcases in the 2017 series. The evening will feature three works in progress: A Yiddishe Wagner by Gil Sperling - Multi Media Opera, One More Way Files by Keren Moscovitch - Theatrical Adaptation, Law and Order Express by Michael Gac Levin - Visual Art, along with teachings by Ruby Namdar, Classical Jewish Text Scholar.

 

Through the LABAlive series, our LABA Fellows present excerpts of new works in progress centered on this year's theme, Other. Each year, we have an average of 250 people apply for the LABA Fellowship. We then choose 10 Fellows for the year long Fellowship, which includes study sessions, opportunities for presentation and space for experimentation.

 

LABA works have gone from LABAlives to BA’s Next Wave Festival (Salt of the Earth by Zvi Sahar), The New Museum, Tate Modern and Ellis Island (“Watershed" by Anita Glesta), and NYLive Arts and Private collections - Ghiora Aharoni "Divine Domesticated." Ranging in artistic disciplines, the evening acts as a springboard for discovery, growth, and experimentation for our Fellows as they test the waters of creation.

 

A conversation with the artists will illuminate their creative processes behind the creation of the new works, and how the pieces developed through study sessions at LABA.

 

The event will begin at 7:30pm at The 14th Street Y at 344 E 14th Street, New York, NY, 10003. Tickets are $20. To purchase tickets go to www.14streety.org/labalive

 

About the LABA Fellows (these are the short bios— do we want the full ones here?)

 

Gil Sperling is a multimedia artist. He has created multimedia performances for the Target Margin Yiddish Lab and the Berlin new music festival, Video Design for shows at HERE Arts, The Chocolate Factory and the Cologne Opera, and video installations in New York, Dresden, Kyoto and Ein-Harod.

 

A Yiddishe Wagner is a music-theater project that offers a reimagining of classical music history in which Wagnerian or Wagner-like works were written in Yiddish, not in German. The idea for this work originated in my work on the operetta Shulamis by Abraham Goldfaden. In his writing, Goldfaden admitted “borrowing” from classical composers, including Wagner, in order to artistically elevate Yiddish music-theater. In my adaptation of the operetta, I incorporated recorded music from Wagner’s Götterdämmerung (Twilight of the Gods). The idea of fusing Wagner and Yiddish together began to excite me – two cultural elements that seem to repel each other like equal magnetic poles; or perhaps like matter and anti-matter, the reaction between them could unleash a burst of pure energy.

 

The outline of the project is the creation of a musical piece, sung in Yiddish, borrowing elements from Wagner’s music while “Yiddishizing” the text, within the context of an alternative music-historical narrative (along the lines of “Did Wagner steal his music from an obscure Jewish composer?”).

Wagner strove to create a new German mythology, with Norse sagas and medieval Christian legends among his sources. In the process of creating my Yiddish-Wagnerian hybrid, I would like to examine Jewish texts, from the Bible to Hazal, as parallel mythological sources.

 

http://www.gilsperling.com/

 

Keren Moscovitch is a multidisciplinary artist and scholar exploring intimacy, sexuality and collaborative practices. Keren holds an MFA from the School of Visual Arts, where she serves on the faculty. Investigating the intersection of practice and theory, she is developing her PhD dissertation on radical intimacy and the poetics of abjection.

 

One More Way Files began as a documentary film traversing the intimate life of a retired couple living and working in a rural American suburb. The film explores my relationship to this couple and the subliminal spaces that encase our collaborative exchange. The work interrogates gender, traditional relationship structure, sexuality as performance and the ways that private somatic rituals facilitate the formation of pathways to the unconscious. During my time as a LABA fellow, I will expand the film to a full-scale theatrical production which will seek to make connections between ancient and contemporary narratives, and experiment with the hermeneutics of domestic speech.

 

http://kerenmoscovitch.com/

 

Michael Gac Levin is a Brooklyn-based artist working primarily in drawing and painting. In his work, he explores the way drawing filters experience and contributes to identity-formation. Originally from Los Angeles, he holds a BA from the University of Chicago and an MFA from Pratt Institute. http://www.mikelev.com/

 

My LABA project is a multi-part drawing and video installation entitled Law & Order: Express. This project looks at the relationship between drawing and control, both as an external force that the artist has to deal with, and as a force that the artist brings to bear on his/her own expression. Under the auspices of LABA, I will bring those questions before the community of the 14th Street Y, to take what has been a more personal process of self-exploration into social space.

 

 

More details about the Fellows, Projects and interviews can be found at www.labajournal.com

 

About LABA

LABA is a laboratory for Jewish culture in which we use classic Jewish texts to inspire the creation of new art. Developed by the 14th Street Y in 2007, LABA programming includes a house of study, artist fellowship program and LABAlive, a series of performances, public events, and gallery shows for children and adults.

 

This year LABA’s theme is BEAUTY. Through the study of the ancient Jewish canon, we explore the intersection of beauty and equality. Each artist will have an individual response to beauty, which is expressed through their artistic process and unique aesthetic.

 

About The 14th Street Y

The 14th Street Y is a thriving and dynamic community center located in the heart of the East Village. Our members have access to over 50 fitness classes per week, lap and family swim times, childcare, pick-up games in our basketball gymnasium and a fitness center filled with a full range of cardio and weight equipment. Membership at the Y also gives you access to arts and culture programming, https://14streety.secure.force.com/ticket as well as early registration and discounts on all Y classes and programs like camps, preschool, and Two by Two. www.14streety.org.

 

Full Season Tickets and detailed information on shows available at: www.14streety.org/tickets.

 

 

 

 

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THE THEATER AT THE 14TH STREET Y 2018-2019 SEASON: WAR AND PEACE  | Open: 06/28/18 Close: 06/28/18
The Theater at the 14th Street Y continues to honor the edgy, diverse, and rich history of innovative culture-making in the East Village with the 2018-2019 Season. The Season kicks-off on September 5, 2018 and runs through May 2019. All productions are chosen through a submission process and are co-presented by the Theater at the 14th Street Y. Hundreds of artists apply every year to join the programming and have artistic discourse over a chosen theme.

 

Highlights of the season include:

  • The World Premiere of Till We Meet Again, written by Glory Kadigan, directed by Tony Award nominee Tonya Pinkins and co-presented by Planet Connections.
  • Barry Levey's Hoaxocaust!,directed by Jeremy Gold Kronenberg, provides an exploration of Jewish identity if the Holocaust hadn't happened.(NYC Fringe Festival's 2014 Overall Excellence award winner)
  • The World Premiere of Jenn Freeman's evening-length piece ...it's time... Freemove Dance
  • LABA 2nd Stage production The Hearing exerpts actual hearing transcripts to follow the true story of a public teacher in Israel who leads a class discussion about the morality of the army.
  • The Baby Monitor, a crucial new play by David Stallings and directed by Antonio Miniño, explores same-sex parenting and cis family values in today's America.
  • Salesman之死 explores the intersection of Chinese, American and Chinese-American identities, from 1983, when Arthur Miller directed Death of a Salesman in Beijing, to the present day.
  • An extravagant musical performance from Berlin, TIFERET merges dance and theatrical conventions. 

"After a year of studying Jewish texts on War & Peace, the LABA Fellows and the artistic team are questioning even more the idea of "holy war." What do we fight for, what does freedom feel like and are our ideals even realistic? Ultimately, our battles are a series of compromises. But to what end? Even more crucial, we have begun questioning our self-imposed banners: "progressive," "liberal," "accepting." What do these mean? Are we honestly listening to opposing viewpoints? Have we become as indoctrinated and radical as the ones we fear? In choosing our 2018-19 Season, the Arts + Culture team wanted to further this line of questioning War & Peace on both the literal and more ambiguous ephemeral levels. We are presenting plays exploring a wide range of the divides we see in our social landscape. From Holocaust deniers to gay parents fighting stigmas and teachers fighting for freedom of speech in the classroom, these plays are sure to trigger conversation and a call to action. Our year of study with LABA on Jewish texts of War & Peace now translates into a Season that shares our questions with you. Audiences will not be quiet observers but hopefully inspired players as well," said David Stallings, Associate Artistic Director, 14th Street Y.

  

Full Season Tickets and detailed information on shows available at www.14streety.org/tickets

  


About the Company: The Theater at the 14th Street Y

About 14th Street Y

The 14th Street Y is a thriving and dynamic community center located in the heart of the East Village.  Our members have access to over 50 fitness classes per week, lap and family swim times, childcare, pick-up games in our basketball gymnasium and a fitness center filled with a full range of cardio and weight equipment.  Membership at the Y also gives you access to arts and culture programming, https://14streety.secure.force.com/ticket as well as early registration and discounts on all Y classes and programs like camps, preschool, and Two by Two. www.14thstreety.org.

Full Season Tickets and detailed information on shows available at: www.14streety.org/tickets

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THE THEATER AT THE 14TH STREET Y NOW ACCEPTING THEATER APPLICATIONS  | Open: 12/15/17 Close: 12/15/17
The Theater at the 14th Street Y is now accepting applications for the 2018-2019 Theater Season with a deadline of December 15, 2017.  Applications are available online at http://bit.ly/14YTheaterSubmissions2018-2019.

 

The Theater at the 14th Street Y honors the edgy, diverse and rich history of innovative culture making in the East Village. Each year, the organization curates a provocative season of theater, dance, music and film from independent New York artists in dialogue with the residency program LABA: A Laboratory for Jewish Culture.

 

In 2016, the Theater lowered its weekly rental rate by 40%, accepting artists and productions through a submission process. The Theater provides a highly reduced rental agreement that includes subsidized space, marketing consultation and support, technical support, administrative support, a fully staffed box office, and production consultation.

 

For the Fall 2018/Spring 2019 Season, The Theater at the 14th Street Y is interested in Theater, Dance, Film, Music, and Festivals that revolve around the theme "War & Peace." "When is it a time for war?" "What is the price of peace?"

 

"We are interested in dance, theater, films, festivals, and installations that grapple with these questions through artistic dialogue with the audience," said Ronit Muszkatblit, Artistic Director of Arts + Culture, the 14th Street Y. "With a goal to provide a big picture narrative focused on social awareness and change, The Theater at the 14th Street Y supports the creation of new art and culture by placing artists at the heart of the 14th Street Y community, and specifically by providing the space, time and resources needed to create new work. We are inspired by works that welcome artists of all backgrounds, seeking to create an inclusive and open cultural experience for all. We are excited to invite inspiring provocative and innovative culture into our theater. As an incubator for new work we are moving away from being a strictly "rental house". We want to create a space where independent artists are supported administratively with a more cost-effective model that will bring a diverse group of artists and diverse programming to the center of our community and inspire discourse around the theme of War & Peace, which is the LABA theme for 2017-2018."

 

The Theater is also the home of LABA: A Laboratory for Jewish Culture and incorporates at least one LABA Second Stage production in each season.

 

In July of 2016, the 14th Street Y launched its first ever, fully curated Theater/Dance Series, moving away from a rental model to become an organization that co-presents work.  The 14th Street Y endeavors to be true incubators of artists and to reduce the financial strain that NYC independent artists feel in producing their works. During the 2015-2016 Season, the Theater at the 14th Street Y presented more than 205 performances attended by nearly 13,000 audience members.

 

About The Theater at the 14th Street Y

The Theater at the 14th Street Y focuses on social awareness and change through big picture narrative.  Inspired by works that welcome artists of all backgrounds, we place artists at the heart of our community and seek to create an inclusive and open cultural experience for all. Art is incubated here.

 

About the 14th Street Y

The 14th Street Y's philosophy is grounded in the belief that contemporary Jewish sensibilities can be a source of inspiration, connection and learning. No matter what your background, we aim to inspire you to live your best life. We're committed to the development of the whole person, to strengthening family connections and to building inclusive and sustainable communities. The 14thStreet Y serves more than 20,000 people annually with a variety of community programs and is proud to be a part of Educational Alliance, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization with a 128-year history of serving New Yorkers downtown.

 

For more information, visit www.14streety.org.

 


About the Company: The Theater at the 14th Street Y

About 14th Street Y

The 14th Street Y is a thriving and dynamic community center located in the heart of the East Village.  Our members have access to over 50 fitness classes per week, lap and family swim times, childcare, pick-up games in our basketball gymnasium and a fitness center filled with a full range of cardio and weight equipment.  Membership at the Y also gives you access to arts and culture programming, https://14streety.secure.force.com/ticket as well as early registration and discounts on all Y classes and programs like camps, preschool, and Two by Two. www.14thstreety.org.

Full Season Tickets and detailed information on shows available at: www.14streety.org/tickets

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The Theater at the 14th Street Y Announces 2017-2018 Season  | Open: 08/28/17 Close: 05/31/18
The Theater at the 14th

Street Y

Announces 2017-2018 Season

 

NEW YORK - The Theater at the 14th Street Y continues to honor the edgy, diverse, and rich history of innovative culture making in the East Village with their 2017-2018 Season.

 

Each year, the company presents a provocative season of theater and dance from independent New York artists in dialogue with the residency program of LABA: A Laboratory for Jewish Culture. The goal is to provide a big picture narrative focused on social awareness and change that transcends cultures and borders. The Theater supports the creation of new art and culture by placing artists at the heart of the 14th Street Y community, and providing the space, time, and resources needed to create new work.

 

"In an effort to provide an environment for free expression for our curated artists to more easily create, the 14th Street Y has changed its model to be a co-presenter of all the works in our season," said Ronit Muszkatblit, Artistic Director of Arts + Culture, the 14th Street Y. "To make this possible, we have made our Theater even more accessible to a wider artist base, also providing Box Office, administrative, marketing, and technical support to truly put artists at the center of our community."

 

The Theater at the 14th Street Y welcomes artists of all backgrounds, seeking to create an inclusive and open cultural experience for all.

 

Highlights of the season include:

●  Flux Theatre Ensemble's AM I DEAD? The Untrue Narrative of Anatomical Lewis, the Slave by Kevin R. Free

●  New Yiddish Repertory presents Awake and Sing by Clifford Odets, in the original Yiddish. 

●  Shamel Pitts and Mirelle Martins perform Black Velvet, a dance/multi-media piece developed through an art residency at São Paulo Dance Company and Escola de Dança de São Paulo in Brazil. 

●  Based on the children's book by Keren Ann Zeidel, The Invisible Book

introduces audiences to invisible characters in an invisible world, whose surroundings slowly become visible through their love for each other. 

●  14th Street Y continues the ground-breaking series by LABA: A Laboratory for Jewish Culture, which pushes the boundaries of what Jewish art can be and what Jewish texts can teach.  LABA is a program of the 14th Street Y.  Each year, LABA Fellows share works in process partnered with a teaching in the LABAlive Series. The LABA 10th Anniversary season kicks off with DRUNK, an evening of wine tasting with renowned sommeliers, revelry, and new work inspired by ancient Jewish text.

 

"Seven years ago, I began work with the Theater at the 14th Street Y as a LABA: Laboratory for Jewish Culture fellow, with no idea that I would become the Artistic Director of Arts + Culture. When I began in this role, the different artistic programs existed in their own bubbles and had no discourse," said Ms. Muszkatblit. "Now for the first time, two separate programs, LABA and the Theater/Dance Series, are being brought together around a central theme. Through the collaboration with my Associate Artistic Director, David Stallings, we are presenting a season that merges these seemingly two separate worlds that co-existed here at the 14Y into one larger conversation -- a Talmudic kind of argument. One necessary theme, OTHER resonated in a world so divided, hostile and fragmented.  In Hebrew we say DAVKA (exactly now or in spite of), which is the moment to find the most humane, ethical, and touching examples of bridging our differences.  We are not afraid to present differences - join us in the dialogue."

 

$14@14Y Flex Pass 

Subscribe to the 14th Street Y and save with Flex Pass.  

Now, you can create your own subscription series to our season!  For the low price of $42, choose any 3 shows from our upcoming season themed, OTHER.

14streety.org/flexpass

 

 

2017-2018 Season:

 

Addy & Uno / Realabilities

Original Concept & Book by Nava R. Stilton Ph.D.

Music & Lyrics by Bonnie Gleicher

August 28-September 24, 2017

Addy & Uno

is a new puppet musical about kids with disabilities. Told through unforgettable music, humor, and heart, this show celebrates the wondrous abilities within disability, empathy, and the understanding that it's "nice to be nice."

 

Committed / Altruistic Theater Company

Written by Natalie Menna and directed by Brock Hill

August 28-September 24, 2017

Committed examines the final days of Dutch filmmaker Theo Van Gough's life before his murder. The play explores the collision of an artist's unyielding vision with modern political realities and the inevitable tragedy when uncompromising values clash.

 

The Curly Monologues / Jonathan Pillot and Project Curly

September 25-28, 2017

What happens when you get twelve women, girls, and even some guys performing original Monologues that speak to the essence of who they are? This show is about way more than hair, or even the Tribe of Curls.

 

AM I DEAD? The Untrue Narrative of Anatomical Lewis, the Slave / A Flux Theatre Ensemble

Written by Kevin R. Free and directed by Heather Cohn

October 6-22, 2017

In the 1830s, the University of Virginia owned a slave called "Anatomical Lewis" who was tasked with the maintenance of its students' dissection chamber. Now, four strangers find themselves trapped forever in the purgatory of Lewis' anatomical theater - unless they can find a way to reassemble his body.

 

House on Poe Street / Yonder Window Theatre Company

Written by Fengar Gael and directed by Katie McHugh

October 27 - November 12, 2017

Two sisters inherit the house where Edgar Allen Poe penned The Raven, only to find it haunted. This play shows how the power of poetry can affect emotions and visions of a spectral afterlife.

 

DRUNK / LABA: A Laboratory for Jewish Culture

November 18, 2017

The 2017-18 LABA fellows kick off the season with an evening of wine, revelry and new work inspired by ancient Jewish text on the theme, WAR + PEACE.

 

Awake and Sing / New Yiddish Repertory

Written by Clifford Odets and directed by Johanna Gruenhut

November 20 - December 24, 2017

New Yiddish Rep brings an American Classic to new life in Yiddish. In this play, Clifford Odets claimed that he was writing not about individuals so much as about a whole social class being sundered by economic problems beyond their control. One solution he offers is particularly chilling and ironic.

 

Black Velvet / Shamel Pitts, Mirelle Martins and Lucca del Carlo

January 8-14, 2018

Black Velvet

is a 45-minute dance/multi-media piece performed by Shamel Pitts and Mirelle Martins, developed through an art residency at São Paulo Dance Company and Escola de Dança de São Paulo in Brazil.

 

LABAlive I

January 18, 2018

First in the new work series by 2017-2018 fellows as they present their work in progress on the theme, WAR + PEACE.

 

Y Cabaret / Bearded Ladies Productions

January 19-21, 2018

Get up close and personal with some of the hottest new choreographers in town. Experience dance outside of the boundaries of traditional performance.

 

The Invisible Book

Book created by Keren-Ann Zeidel and Elinor Milchan, adapted by Gina Bonati and Ronit Muszkatblit, music by Keren-Ann Zeidel, directed by Ronit Muszkatblit and produced by Adi Ezroni.

January 22-February 11, 2018

An invisible boy and an invisible girl wander through an invisible town - but in this invisible world, there is no sound. Then one day, a sound begins: a beating, a drumming, a thumping calling out to the invisible friends. The audience is led into a parallel world of sound and visual poetry.

 

Everything you have is yours? / LABA 2nd Stage

By Hadar Ahuvia with Mor Mendell and multimedia by Gil Sperling.

February 8-10, 2018

Everything you have is yours? is a darkly humored, evening length performance that deconstructs instructional videos of Israeli

folk dance to uncover the Arab origins of Israeli identity. 

 

The Art of Loss / Bryn Cohn + Artists

February 12-18, 2018

Bryn Cohn + Artist presents their first evening of repertory,

The Art of Loss - a collection of notable works from 2014-2017 that examine isolation, intimacy and a return to the self within a universal community.

 

Tap & Tom / Felipe Galgani & Company

February 21-25, 2018

Using Tom Jobim's compositions, Felipe Galganni's

Tap & Tom is celebrating the 60th anniversary of the creation of bossa nova and Jobim's 90th birthday with an evening of tap dance, live music, and singing with music direction by award-winning Carlos Bauzys.

 

A Footnote in Ballet History / From the Horse's Mouth

March 12-18, 2018

The life and times of Magda Saleh, Prima Ballerina of Egypt, in celebration of Egyptian Dance in all its forms and traditions.

 

LABAlive II

March 22, 2018

The second showing in the new work series by 2017-2018 fellows as they present their work in progress on the theme, WAR + PEACE.

 

Y Cabaret / Bearded Ladies Productions

March 23-25, 2018

Get up close and personal with some of the hottest new choreographers in town. Experience dance outside of the boundaries of traditional performance.

 

We Are A Masterpiece / Retro Productions

Written by Gina Femia and directed by DeLisa M. White

April 6-22, 2018

During the AIDS crisis, patchwork families were formed; friends and co-workers becoming brothers and mothers, stepping into the holes that their family members left. When a nurse, Joan meets John, who has been abandoned by his partner and family, an unlikely friendship blossoms between them.

 

In[heir]itance Project

April 23-May 13, 2018

Five Cities. Three Years. One Book.

The Genesis Plays, inspired by five unique narratives were devised between 2015-2017 in Minneapolis, Charleston, Austin, Seattle, and Kansas City. The In[heir]itance Project uses a community-driven process of theatrical tools and educational programming to create original performance events inspired by common sacred stories.

 

LABAlive III

May 31, 2018

The third and final showing in the new work series by 2017-2018 fellows as they present their work in progress on the theme, WAR + PEACE.

 

Full Season Tickets and detailed information on shows available at: www.14streety.org/tickets.

 

About The Theater at the 14th Street Y

The Theater at the 14th Street Y focuses on social awareness and change through big picture narrative.  Inspired by works that welcome artists of all backgrounds, we place artists at the heart of our community and seek to create an inclusive and open cultural experience for all. Art is incubated here.

 

About LABA: Laboratory for Jewish Culture

At the core of LABA's mission is the belief that classical Jewish text study can and should be a source of inspiration and creativity for contemporary culture-makers and thinkers. All of the public art created through LABA aims to transcend cultural and social borders by bringing to light the universal themes and questions our artists encounter through their engagement with Jewish thought.

 

About the 14th Street Y

The 14th Street Y's philosophy is grounded in the belief that contemporary Jewish sensibilities can be a source of inspiration, connection and learning. No matter what your background, we aim to inspire you to live your best life. We're committed to the development of the whole person, to strengthening family connections and to building inclusive and sustainable communities. The 14th Street Y serves more than 20,000 people annually with a variety of community programs and is proud to be a part of Educational Alliance, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization with a 128-year history of serving New Yorkers downtown.

 

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The Theater at the 14th Street Y Announces its 2016-2017 Season: Dance, Theater, & LABA Series  | Open: 09/11/16 Close: 05/07/17
The Theater at the 14th Street Y

Announces its 2016-2017 Season:

Dance, Theater, & LABA Series

$14at14Y Flex Pass now on sale!

 

NEW YORK – The Theater at the 14th Street Y brings a new lens to the downtown performing arts scene with its exciting and diverse curated Theater, Dance, and LABA Series for the 2016-2017 Season. Through partnerships with each of the shows, the 14th Street Y embraces the NYC artist community to bring audiences a wide range of experiences.

 

From dance, to theater, and even circus, as well as works-in-progress through the fellowship program, LABA, there’s something for everyone! On September 6, 2016, Cirque-tacular’s The Art of Circus will launch the 2016-2017 Season with The Art of Circus, its newest full-length production inspired by visual art masterpieces that feature dance and circus and world renowned painters, and the time periods and stories that birthed the world's most iconic images.

 

Experience theater your way with the $14at14Y Flex Pass a subscription package with dance, theater, circus, and LABA shows.  A Flex Pass allows subscribers to select three shows for $42 —that’s only $14 per ticket!  $14at14Y Flex Passes are on sale now at 14StreetY.org/FIexPass

Highlights of the season include:

  • The acrobatic fantasy world of Cirque-tacular’s newest full length production: The Art of Circus, including a special performance for children

  • The New York Premiere of world renowned playwright Israel Horovitz’s The Day Before Yesterday

  • The World Premiere of Safe by Penny Jackson, featuring Sawyer Spielberg, Meghan St. Thomas, Joel Nagle, and Jill Schackner.

  • Three LABA productions are back 14 Street Y Artistic Director Ronit Muszkatblit’s Hanna and the Moonlit Dress, Mar Vista by LABA alum Yehuda Hyman, and  birds sing a pretty song featuring former LABA alum Rebecca Margolick.

  • A remounting of 14 Street Y Associate Artistic Director, David Stallings’ award winning play, Anais Nin Goes to Hell, after a successful 2008 NYC Fringe production.

The World Premiere of Adam Symkowicz’s Rare Birds produced by Red Fern Theatre Company.

 

“We have lined up an incredible group of artists and are excited to bring inspiring provocative and innovative culture to our audiences. As an incubator for new work and thought leaders between our artists and the community we look forward to launching this new season.”

-Ronit Muszkatblit, Artistic Director of the 14th Street Y

 

“This year was the first year the 14th Street Y curated their season as part of an active initiative to move away from being a strictly “rental house”.  We want to create a space where independent theater artists are supported administratively with a more cost-effective model.  This year, we truly wanted to focus on social awareness and activism in choosing our line-up.  We believe in putting a diverse group of artists in the center of our community to inspire discourse.”

-- David Stallings, Associate Artistic Director of the 14th Street Y

 

Cirque-tacular: The Art of Circus

September 6-11*, 2016

Tickets: $39.50-$75

The Art of Circus, Cirque-tacular’s newest full length production, derives inspiration from visual art masterpieces that feature dance and circus, as well as world renowned painters, and the time periods and stories that birthed the world's most iconic images. Featuring thrilling acrobatics, world record holders, elite gymnasts, international recognized circus performers, an original score by 4 time ASCAP award winner, Jesse Elder (Postmodern Jukebox), live musicians, and contemporary musical arrangements corresponding to the major movements in art over the last 500 years, audiences will discover an acrobatic fantasy world that is at once familiar, unexpected, and timeless.

*On September 11th at 11AM - Join us for a Special Children's Performance that runs 70 minutes with no intermission; perfect for younger art lovers!

 

Core Creative Productions: Chokehold & 91 Central Productions: Safe

September 12-October 9, 2016

Tickets: $18

Chokehold: Written by Anthony P. Pennino, directed by Tim Cusack.

Ferguson. Staten Island. Cleveland. North Charleston. Baltimore. Baton Rouge. St. Anthony. The list goes on and on. Five friends launch a desperate gamble to end police violence, but the road to achieving justice is more elusive than they think.

Safe: Written by Penny Jackson, directed by Glory Kadigan, featuring Sawyer Spielberg, Meghan St. Thomas, Joel Nagle, and Jill Schackner.

When an intriguing older man enters a teenage girl's life, he threatens her relationship with her already estranged father and her best friend as a mystery turns to danger. 91 Central Productions presents character-driven contemporary theater relevant to international audiences.

 

“Hot button topics tend to make sensational talking points for theater. Chokehold by Anthony P. Pennino unabashedly goes right into the American race relations and police brutality for a sixty-minute high-octane drama that keeps you interrogative.” Michael Block, Theater in the Now

 

 

MTWorks & Goode Productions: Anaïs Nin Goes to Hell

October 10-30, 2016

Tickets: $18 general, $15 seniors

Anaïs Nin Goes to Hell by David Stallins, directed by Antonio Minino, and starring James Edward Becton, Mlé Chester, Mel House, Amanda Jones, Richard Lindenfelzer, Nylda Mark, Madalyn McKay, Hannah Seusy, and Stephanie Willing is an existential comedy centered around some of the most powerful and memorable women in history (Queen Victoria, Cleopatra, Andromeda, Heloise, Joan of Arc) as they wait on an island in the river Styx for the final leg of their soul's journey to eternal peace or damnation. Their monotonous afterlife is shaken up when women's lib icon and erotica writer Anaïs Nin arrives on the island, planting seeds of change.

 

"Surprising and heartfelt."  -The Edinburgh Evening News

 

The Theater 14th Street Y & Bearded Ladies Productions: Y Cabaret

October 31-November 1, 2016 & March 6-7, 2017

Tickets: $20 in advance, $22 at the door

Get up close and personal with some of the hottest choreographers in town. Experience dance outside of the boundaries of traditional performance.

 

“Thank the gods for Stallings’ Anais Nin Goes to Hell” -- Village Voice 2008

 

LABA & Mystical Feet: The Mar Vista

December 1-18, 2016

Tickets: $18 in advance, $22 at the door

The Mar Vista, created and written by Yehuda Hyman, is a comical and heartbreaking new theater-dance play about a forbidden war time romance, a 1960s Jewish Family of immigrants in Los Angeles, gypsy dances, pop tunes, rumbas, twists and the enduring memory of lost love.  

 

LABA: Hanna and the Moonlit Dress

December 2-18, 2016

Tickets: $12 youth (12 and under), $18 general admission, $35 family ticket (up to 5 people)

Hanna and the Moonlit Dress: Based on Izhak Scheiger-Dmi’el’s book, adapted for the stage by Ronit Muszkatblit and Yoav Gal. A magical, interactive musical for children about the power of a good deed. Young Hannah'le just wanted to help the coalman carry his heavy sack of coal from the forest, but now--Oh No!  Her new white dress is stained with black spots!  How can Hanna go to dinner now? Won't Mama be upset?  Perhaps the moon will come to Hanna's rescue with its magical light. Join Hanna and her friends, Zuzi the dog and Edna the cow.  Together, let's dra, cut, glue and create Hanna's world, and light the night with moonlight magic.

 

LABA Presents: DRUNK!

January 12, 2017 at 8pm

Tickets: $25

You’ve seen wine paired with food, but how about wine paired with texts? Join LABA Fellows, ancient text scholar Reuben Namdar and sommelier Ronald Jordan. A four course exploration of the relationship between wine and OTHER through teachings, tastings and performances. LABA: A Laboratory for Jewish Culture is a program of the 14th Street Y that uses classic Jewish texts to inspire the creation of art, dialogue and study.

 

Cirque-tacular: Snowkus Pocus

January 17-February 5, 2017

Tickets: $45 general admission, $85 premium, $35 senior, $25 student

Join us for Snokus Pocus as we traverse from winter to spring in a magical journey of seasonal splendor, circus spectacle and derring-do! Marvel at the bendy ballerina in her living snow globe. Be blown away when the icy north wind battles Jack Frost in an epic snowball fight. Feel the warm glow of winter's end as the snow ballet melts your heart. Delight in the first blossoms of the sunny new season as acrobats play in the springtime rays. Snow-y, blow-y family fun abounds in the whimsical winter wonder-world that is Snokus Pokus!!!

 

Convergences Theatre Collective Presents: Babel

January 18-February 5, 2017

Tickets: $85 premium, $45 general, $35 students/seniors, $25 youth (12 and under)

A story told through Acrobatic Dance theater, Babel is a physical is a physical spectacle that reinvents one of the oldest stories in the world: The Tower of Babel.  It calls upon diverse perspectives of the story to reveal ambition, grief, and healing within the complexity of the human condition.  The story is told by 22 powerful dancers.

 

LABA: LABAlive Series

February 9, March 16, & May 11, 2017

Tickets: $20

Experience excerpts of new works in progress by our LABA Fellows centered on this year's theme, Other. Part of LABA is the House of Study, an artist fellowship program for which around 10 culture-makers, a mix of visual artists, writers, dancers, musicians, actors and others, are brought together to study classic Jewish texts in a non-religious, open-minded setting. The fellows use the study to inspire work which is featured in our series of LABAlive events and performances.

 

New York Premire of Israel Horovitz’s The Day Before Yesterday
February 13-March 5, 2017

Tickets: $18

Written by Israel Horovitz, directed by Glory Kadigan. Internationally acclaimed playwright Israel Horovitz's newest play The Day Before Yesterday follows three couples during 72 hours, before and after a rock concert in Paris.

 

World Premiere of Red Fern’s Rare Birds

March 20-April 9, 2017

Tickets: $20

Written by Adam Szymkowitcz, directed by Scott Ebersold. World Premiere Production.  The worst thing you can do in high school is admit you love something.  A play about adolescent cyberbullying and your mother's new boyfriend.

 

From the Horse's Mouth Dance: A Celebration of Indian Dance in America

April 24-30, 2017

Tickets: $35 (general admission), $25 (seniors), $20 (students & Y members)

From the Horse's Mouth offers a special performance showcasing the diversity and influences of Indian Dance on the world's cultural life from ancient roots to Bollywood. 

 

LABA: bird sing a pretty song

May 4-7, 2017

Tickets: $18

Join former LABA Fellows REBECCA MARGOLICK and MAXX BERKOWITZ for the second stage of their interactive multi-media dance piece developed last year in the 14th Street Y's innovative LABA: a laboratory for Jewish Culture.

 

About 14th Street Y

The 14th Street Y is a thriving and dynamic community center located in the heart of the East Village.  Our members have access to over 50 fitness classes per week, lap and family swim times, childcare, pick-up games in our basketball gymnasium and a fitness center filled with a full range of cardio and weight equipment.  Membership at the Y also gives you access to arts and culture programming, https://14streety.secure.force.com/ticket as well as early registration and discounts on all Y classes and programs like camps, preschool, and Two by Two. www.14thstreety.org.

Full Season Tickets and detailed information on shows available at: www.14streety.org/tickets

 

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Y Cabaret  | Open: 03/24/18 Close: 03/25/18
The Theater 14th Street Y

& Bearded Ladies Productions

present

Y Cabaret

March 24 & 25, 2018 at 8pm

 

The Theater 14th Street Y & Bearded Ladies Productions present the 4th Y Cabaret, as part of the Theater/Dance Series curated at The Theater at The 14th Street Y, 344 E. 14th Street, NYC on March 24 & 25, 2018 at 8pm.The Y Cabaret is evening of drinks, dance, and food and features choreographers: Nicole Von Arx, Peter Cheng, Mei Yamanaka, Roya Carreras, Kristen Carcone, BAIRA (formerly BS Movement), and Princess Lockerooo, hosted by Clinton Edward.

 

Tickets are $20 in advance ($22 at the door) and are available at www.14streety.org/tickets.

 

This March performance marks the fourth Y Cabaret at the 14th St Y, and in just three years the Y Cabaret will have showcased 28 dance companies through this program alone. Each Cabaret invites seven choreographers to showcase work both new and old in a welcoming, fun, and safe environment for audiences and artists. Audiences experience the weird, the sensual, the funny, the sexy, and the entertaining in our dance cabaret; and what better way to do that than with a drink in hand? You can get up close and personal with some of the hottest choreographers in town and experience dance outside of the boundaries of traditional performance.

 

Jake McIntye and Larry Daniels (Bearded Ladies Productions) founded the Y Cabaret to give audiences different way to connect with contemporary dance, and choreographers a space to develop work. Having successfully presented other dance shows at the Y, the Y Theater has partnered with BL Productions from the beginning to bring a whole new audience and artists to the Y.

 

About the Artists

Peter Cheng is a dancer, choreographer, and performer based in New York City. His work has been presented at ODC Theater, the Seattle International Dance Festival, Center Stage Theater, Nebula Dance Lab, SAFEhouse for the Performing Arts, CPRNY, Ailey Studios, 92nd St. Y/Harkness, Judson Church, and 14th St. Y. Cheng currently performs with Lydia Johnson Dance, konverjdans, and recently made his film debut in a comedic short directed by Dan Gregor, appearing alongside Adam Pally, Doug Mand, and Rachel Bloom (Crazy Ex-Girlfriend).

peterandco.org

 

Nicole Von Arx is a freelance dancer and choreographer based between Brooklyn and Geneva, Switzerland. As a performer, Nicole was a soloist at the Royal Opera House in London & Chicago Lyric Opera in the critically acclaimed opera Tannhäuser directed by Tim Albery and choreographed by Jasmin Vardimon. She has also worked for Carte Blanche (The Norwegian National Company of Contemporary Dance), Elena Vazintaris and the Metropolitan Opera. In 2013, she participated in The 6th Copenhagen International Choreography Competition while dancing for the choreographer Bryan Arias winning 1st place and Audience Choice Award. As a choreographer, Nicole has presented her work internationally at the BFM and the Flux Laboratory in Switzerland, and at Reykjavík Culture Night in Iceland. In New York, her choreography appeared at the Museum of Moving Image, Judson Church, the Dance Gallery Festival-Level UP, The Current Sessions, Pushing Progress, the Ailey Citigroup Theatre, the Dumbo Dance Festival, Triskelion and Gowanus Arts. Nicole is currently a performer and Dance Captain for Company XIV and is a company member and choreographer's assistant at Loni Landon Dance Projects. For more information, visit www.nvonarx.com

 

Mei Yamanaka is a dancer and choreographer from Japan. Mei moved to New York in 2008. Mei has worked and collaborated with artists including Tiffany Mills, Dendy Donovan Projects, Jennifer Archibald, Katy Pyle, Patricia Noworol, Dai Jian, Catherine Galasso, Oui Danse, Jody Oberfelder Project, among others. Mei's work has been seen at Fresh Tracks at New York Live Arts, Movement Research at Judson Church, "Split Bill" Series at Triskelion Arts, Mix Festival at HERE, and more. Mei was a "Fresh Tracks" residency artist at Dance Theater Workshop(now New York Live Arts) in 2010 - 2011. She was also residency artist at Chez Bushwick Artist In Residence in 2014 at Chez Bushwick.

 

Roya Carreras (Artistic Director / Choreographer) is an Iranian-Hispanic artist, choreographer, and educator who works within commercial, film, and theatrical settings from New York City to Los Angeles. Carreras has created choreography for the Russian feminist protest punk rock group, Pussy Riot, including music videos Straight Out of Vagina and Bad Girls; she has provided talent and movement direction for artists Kiiara, Michael Blume, Jade De LaFleur, and Wolf Colony. On stage, Carreras' work has been presented at the CURRENT SESSIONS, Dixon Place, Baruch Performing Arts Center, and The Green Building in New York City; in California, she has presented at Highways Performance Space, Electric Lodge Theater, Glenn Wallichs Theatre, Diavolo, Brockus Project Space, and BRAVA. As a performer, she has worked closely with Barak Marshall at BodyTraffic, Bryan Arias, Danielle Russo Performance Project, and Lux Boreal Danza Contemporanea in Tijuana, Mexico. Carreras holds a BFA in Dance with Honors from UC Irvine's Claire Trevor School of the Arts, with additional training from The Ailey School and Springboard Danse Montreal. royacarreras.com

 

Kristen Carcone is a Toronto-born dance artist and reiki healer. She earned her BFA with Highest Honors from New World School of the Arts in 2011 and has since performed internationally in a variety of shows and festivals including: The Phish Concert at Madison Square Garden (New York, NY), Tangente's Danses Buissonnieres (Montreal, Quebec), and The New Prague Dance Festival (Prague, Czech Republic). Kristen is a company member of Third Rail Projects and is currently performing in their award winning production Then She Fell. In 2016, Kristen was named one of the 25 Most Influential Young Choreographers to watch by Narcity Toronto. Her choreography can be seen in Joseph Gordon Levitt's My Favourite Thingsvideo, Cardinal's Pride music video Masterpiece, and in Supa'Nova, a new play by Maria Corina Ramierez. Kristen is Co-Founder/Co-Artistic Director of non-profit organization TOES FOR DANCE. Her latest project 4-7-8 has been funded by the Toronto Arts Council and supported by lululemon NY. For more information visit www.kristencarcone.com

 

BAIRA (formerly BS Movement) is the collected and ongoing research of collaborative/creative duo Shaina Branfman Baira and Bryan Strimpel Baira. The couple shares their movement research and philosophy through teaching, performance and lifestyle. Branfman completed her certification as a Movement Analyst at the Laban Institute of Movement Studies. She studied religion and philosophy at the All Faiths Seminary International and is a member of The Feath3r Theory. Strimpel has danced with Nicholas Leichter Dance, Brian Brooks Moving Company, David Dorfman Dance, ThirdRailProjects and is a member of The Feath3r Theory. Branfman and Strimpel teach regularly throughout NYC. They are spending the current season as participants of Lower Manhattan Cultural Council's Workspace Program, diving deeper into their founding statement: No matter our differences we all move, so we're all the same. www.bsmovement.co

 

Princess Lockerooo, born and raised in New York City, is a multi-faceted performance artist, producer, and activist. Her talents encompass choreography and artistic direction, music production for stage and film, costume and makeup design, mentorship, and women's empowerment. Lockerooo has been showcased on many of the entertainment industry's leading television platforms (Harry Connick Jr., Wendy Williams, So You Think You Can Dance), has worked with top pop artists (Madonna, Jody Watley, Icona Pop), and has produced entertainment for numerous events across the world (Lincoln Center, Women's Entrepreneurship Day, Summerstage). Lockerooo's work has brought her to many parts of the world, with her touring throughout Asia, Europe, and beyond. Her mission is to encourage women's empowerment, gender equality, and sensuality without objectification through dance

 

About 14th Street Y

The 14th Street Y is a thriving and dynamic community center located in the heart of the East Village. Our members have access to over 50 fitness classes per week, lap and family swim times, childcare, pick-up games in our basketball gymnasium and a fitness center filled with a full range of cardio and weight equipment.  Membership at the Y also gives you access to arts and culture programming, https://14streety.secure.force.com/ticket as well as early registration and discounts on all Y classes and programs like camps, preschool, and Two by Two. www.14thstreety.org.

 

Full Season Tickets and detailed information on shows available at: www.14streety.org/tickets.

 

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