Judson Memorial Church

Todays Date: 06/27/22
Last Update: 05/02/17 05:09:01 PM

Address: 55 Washington Square South
New York,   

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Failure  | Open: 06/29/17 Close: 07/01/17
What is failure, and how do we deal with it – as individuals, and as communities? In the new installation/performance FAILURE, choreographer and visual artist Laura Peterson uses the language of dance and sculptural design to probe the national consciousness in the aftermath of 2016 Presidential election. Peterson zeroes in on the overwhelming pressure to compete, which is at the heart of the American way of life. Is a small defeat less devastating than a colossal mistake? What is the real outcome of the “winner takes all?”

BIBLE STUDIES FOR HEATHENS  | Open: 05/10/16 Close: 05/24/16
Is the search for divinity itself divine? BIBLE STUDY FOR HEATHENS investigates the American religious experience through one woman's unwavering exploration of worship in the 21st century by means of ritual, tradition, games, and reenactments. An honest and revelatory new play that chronicles New York Neo-Futurist Yolanda K. Wilkinson's personal journey and study of 10 religions.

About the Company: New York Neo-Futurists

We are a collective of wildly productive writer/director/performers who create:

-Theater that is fusion of sport, poetry, and living-newspaper.

-Non-illusory, interactive performance that conveys our experiences and ideas as directly and honestly as possible.

-Immediate, unreproducable events at headslappingly affordable prices.

-We embrace those unreached or unmoved by conventional theater-inspiring them to thought, feeling, and action.

Dark Eyes/new Eyes: A Journey In Armenian Music  | Open: 05/16/13 Close: 05/16/13
Dark Eyes/New Eyes is a story told through traditional and modern Armenian music.  The program honors our ancestors and the new possibilities of life and art in the world today. The performance is fully integrated with live and animated images of visual artist Kevork Mourad, whose live paintings are projected onto a large screen in real time. Ten musicians offer lively and contemplative songs of village life, including work songs and humorous songs. The music will include the work of Gomidas Vartabed, who could capture the spirit of a people in a single piece of music, and the languidly beautiful melodies of 18th century troubadour/composer Sayat-Nova.  The evening will include selections from Eve Beglarian’s Far Off Country and improvisations on Armenian dance rhythms by John Hadfield. The brilliant oudist and composer Ara Dinkjian spins improvisations that cross the boundaries between Middle Eastern maqams and jazz. 

Perspectives Ensemble and Judson Arts present Dark Eyes/New Eyes featuring the performances of MAYA, a trio composed of John Hadfield, percussion/composer; Bridget Kibbey, harp; and Sato Moughalian, flute. Guest artists include Shane Shanahan (percussion), oud virtuoso and composer Ara Dinkjian, composer and vocalist Eve Beglarian, recorder and chalumeau luminary Nina Stern, and Zulal, the a cappella Armenian folk trio with singers Teni Apelian, Anaïs Alexandra Tekerian, and Yeraz Markarian.

Dark Eyes/New Eyes pays homage to the journeys of our families, ancestors and departed ones, exploring the time-honored art forms through which culture is transmitted over time, as well as new incarnations of those traditions as they are regenerated today.


RescYou  | Open: 01/17/13 Close: 01/19/13
RescYou is a duet that is centered around the relationship of two friends before and after a disaster that leaves them stranded on an emergency life raft. It is a physical, non-linear tale of people who have each other and nothing else.

In RescYou, Eckert+SorensenJolink transforms the historic sanctuary of Judson Memorial Church into a vast ocean in which time, memories, and daily life cease to exist as they once did.


Dancing Literate Project  | Open: 12/06/12 Close: 12/08/12
Summation Dance presents Dancing Literate Project (DLP) featuring three choreographers: Sumi Clements of Summation Dance, Claudia Anata Hubiak of The Anata Project, and Sydney Skybetter of skybetter & associates. DLP aims to bridge the gap between the artist and the viewer by offering insight into the choreographic process and by providing an interactive experience in which the audience is encouraged to engage with the companies firsthand. Each performance includes:• A performance by multiple emerging or established modern dance artists curated by Summation Dance• A moderated panel discussion and an audience Q&A led by prominent figures in the dance world• A mini-lecture on "What to Look For" in Dance



Morning and afternoon master classes, lectures and panel discussions will be offered by Company dancers, distinguished guest teachers, and published Duncan scholars including Associate Artistic Director Cherlyn Smith, Janaea Rose Lyn, Alice Bloch, Gemze de Lappe, Morgana Rose, and Faith Kimberling. Classes to feature live piano accompaniment by Vladimir Shinov and Erika Podoprigora.

Tickets for each event are $10 in advance/$15 at the door. Registration in advance strongly suggested.

Friday May 18. 6:00 p.m.
Guided tour of the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Greek and Roman Wings
Isadora's World: The art that inspired Duncan's choreography and the development of her technique Conceived by Associate Artistic Director Cherlyn Smith, this special tour guided tour of the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Greek and Roman Wings will be conducted Friday, May 18th at 6pm, Recommended for all ages. Advance registration required by May 16th.

Thursday, May 24
Master Class 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
From the Sensuous to the Sublime: The Brahms Waltzes, Op.39, with Janaea Rose Lyn.
This workshop will identify the Gypsy, Spanish and Middle Eastern styles which influenced the suite of dances often referred to as The Many Faces of Love. Participants will also learn the choreography of one of Isadora's signature works, #15, and dance it with rose petals.

Lecture 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Duncan Dance: A Foundational Technique
Moderated by Dr. Alice Bloch, Gemze de Lappe, Cherlyn Smith and Janaea Rose Lyn.
Many people think Isadora Duncan had no technique and simply improvised. However, her dances are based on a profound understanding of how the body moves. Renowned Duncan dancer, Gemze DeLappe explains how studying Duncan technique develops dancers' kinesthetic sensitivity, expressiveness, musicality, performance qualities, and ballon skills they can transfer to any style of dance.

Friday, May 25
Master Class 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Duncan Technique: Structure creates an environment in which freedom can flourish
with Cherlyn Smith, Associate Artistic Director, Isadora Duncan Dance Foundation
A myth still exists that there was only pure improvisation behind Isadora's work. But in fact, she created, and her descendants built upon, a beautifully conceived and fully realized pedagogy. We will explore the layers upon which the technique was built; first understanding and creating the lines, then moving and jumping them, and finally adapting them rhythmically to find and experience the musicality which is the brilliant cornerstone of Isadora's legacy.

Lecture 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
The Dance of the Future: Its Roots and Radicalism with Dr. Alice Bloch
Dr. Alice Bloch discusses the 19th century revolutions in science, women's health, and philosophy that let Isadora Duncan dare to dream of future dancers as: "the highest intelligence in the freest body."

Saturday, May 26
Children's Class (ages 3-5) 10:00 a.m. - 10:45 a.m. with Morgana Rose
Children's Class (ages 5-9) 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. with Cherlyn Smith
One of the most exciting classes a young dancer can takerhythmic, joyous, and playful. Imagine the beauty of children at play, running, skipping, sliding and jumping. Now picture those same children, their innate movement inclinations sculpted and unified by a Master Dance Teacher and set to classical music.

Mother & Daughter Class (ages 9 and up) 12:00 p.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Mothers, daughters, grandmothers, aunts and cousins too, join Dr. Alice Bloch in the life affirming movements of Isadora Duncan. Sway, walk, skip, and maybe even waltz together in the warm and welcoming movements of her dance. Learn the beautiful Chopin Prelude and signature patterns like the Greek-inspired Tanagras on which Isadora based her choreography.

Master class: Isadora for the Woman's Soul (all ages) 12:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. with Cherlyn Smith
Mothers, daughters, grandmothers, aunts and cousins too, join Dr. Alice Bloch in the life affirming movements of Isadora Duncan. Sway, walk, skip, and maybe even waltz together in the warm and welcoming movements of her dance. Learn the beautiful Chopin Prelude and signature patterns like the Greek-inspired Tanagras on which Isadora based her choreography.

$10 in advance/$15 at the door. Registration in advance strongly suggested. All classes and lectures meet at the Judson Church. Arrive early if you are registering on the day of the event.

The Isadora Duncan Dance Foundation
141 W. 26th Street, New York, NY


Isadora Duncan's 135th Birthday Bash  | Open: 05/22/12 Close: 05/26/12
Tuesday, May 22
6:00 p.m. Cocktail reception
6:30 p.m. Pre-show lecture by distinguished dance historians with screening of rare video
7:15 p.m. Performance
8:30 p.m. After-party birthday cake and bubbly
$70 in advance (2 for $100)/$75 at the door

May 24, 25, and 26
6:00 p.m. Pre-show lecture by distinguished dance historians with screening of rare video
7:00 p.m. Performance
8:30 p.m. After-party cupcakes and bubbly
$30 in advance/$35 at the door
$20 for students and seniors in advance/$25 at the door

Matinee Performances
May 25, 11:00 a.m.
May 26, 3:00 p.m.
$20 in advance/$25 at the door
$10 for children 12 and under in advance/$15 at the door

Six performances of The Art of Isadora will offer a retrospective on the life and art of Isadora Duncan, including signature solos and group works performed by the Company with live piano accompaniment by Matthew Martin Ward. The celebration begins with a gala opening on May 22 and continues with matinee and evening performances May 24, 25, and 26. Every evening performance will be preceded by pre-show lectures by distinguished dance historians and screenings of rare archival footage, and will be followed by a champagne toast to Isadora.

Distinguished dance historians and celebrities including Anna Kisselgoff, Gemze de Lappe, Jeremiah Newton, Alice Bloch, Michael Vernon, Sabin Howard, Lynn Garafola, Samuel Dorf, Kimerer LaMothe, Cherlyn Smith, Traci L. Slatton, Dana Ivey, Ling Tang, Janaea Rose Lyn, and Chet Walker will offer pre-show lectures in the main hall followed by rare archival footage of Isadora Duncan and dancers from her American, German, French, and Russian schools. The Isadora Duncan Dance Foundation has petitioned Mayor Bloomberg to proclaim May 20-26, 2012 Isadora Duncan Week. The 135th Birthday Bash coincides with the United States Postal Service's issuance of a commemorative stamp honoring Isadora Duncan.

Company Dancers: Lori Belilove, Beth Disharoon, Faith Kimberling, Danielle Kwozko, Suzanne Gerdes, Mary Staub, Kim D'Agnese, Emily D'Angelo, Allison Kimmel, and Morgana Rose, joined by the junior performing troupe, The Beliloveables.

Artistic Director: Lori Belilove
Associate Artistic Director: Cherlyn Smith
Pianist: Matthew Martin Ward
Lighting: Simon Cleveland

Morning and afternoon master classes, lectures, and panel discussions will be offered by Company dancers, distinguished guest teachers, and published Duncan scholars, including Associate Artistic Director Cherlyn Smith, Janaea Lyn McAlee, Alice Bloch, Gemze de Lappe, Morgana Rose, and Faith Kimberling, with live piano accompaniment for the master classes by Vladimir Shinov and Erika Podoprigora. To request detailed information please write to info@isadoraduncan.org or call 212-691-5040.


Shakespeare's Macbeth  | Open: 04/18/12 Close: 05/06/12
Aquila’s Macbeth is a beautifully wrought, tension filled and dynamic production that places Shakespeare’s language at its core. Performed by a cast of professional British actors with extensive credits in the Royal Shakespeare Company, Royal National Theatre, West End, major regional, London and New York theatre, this superb cast brings Shakespeare’s intoxicating language to vivid life. This Macbeth is Aquila’s 21st season of Shakespeare and the company’s excellence in ensemble work and verse speaking led the New Yorker to write, “Aquila’s production is beautifully spoken, dramatically revealing and crystalline in effect” and the New York Times to describe Aquila as “an extraordinary inventive and disciplined outfit.” Macbeth has been touring major performing arts centers across the United States playing to audiences in excess of 1000 a night. Don’t miss this opportunity to see simply superb Shakespeare by an outstanding ensemble in New York at the beautiful brand new performance space at Judson right on Washington Square.


The Belle Of Amherst  | Open: 04/12/12 Close: 04/12/12
West Village Chorale 40th Anniversary Spring Gala Benefit.
On Thursday evening, April 12, 2012, Barbara Dana will offer her profoundly moving one-woman performance of The Belle of Amherst William Luce's play on the life and works of Emily Dickinson within the intimacy of Judson Memorial Church's Meeting Room.
The evening will include a pre-show and post-show reception, a book signing by Barbara Dana and an exciting and fun silent auction.


Menders  | Open: 01/19/12 Close: 02/11/12
Flux Theatre Ensemble will present the World Premiere of Erin Browne’s (Narrator 1 at Theater Row; Trying at The Bushwick Starr) MENDERS, January 19-February 11 at The Gym at Judson (243 Thompson Street at Washington Square South). The production will be directed by Flux Producing Director, Heather Cohn (nominated for an NYIT Outstanding Direction Award for Flux’s The Lesser Seductions of History; Winner of a FringeNYC Excellence Award for Outstanding Direction for Flux’s Other Bodies) and will feature Matthew Archambault (The Lesser Seductions of History), Sol Crespo (Winner of the 2005 HOLA Award for Outstanding Performance of a Featured Actress), Vivia Font (Underneathmybed at Rattlestick Playwrights Theater), Mike Mihm (Odysseus in Ajax in Iraq), Ingrid Nordstrom (Nosedive Productions’ Infectious Opportunity), Raushanah Simmons (ScreenPlay at The Flea), and Isaiah Tanenbaum (Jacob’s House).  The creative team will include Costume Design by Will Lowry (Le Grand Cirque at Sydney Opera House), Video Design by Trevor James Martin, Set Design by Cory Rodriguez (KCACTF Barbizon Award for Excellence in Scenic Design), Lighting Design by Kia Rogers (Ajax in Iraq), and Sound Design by Asa Wember (2008 NYIT Outstanding Sound Design Award for Flux’s Angel Eaters Trilogy). The production will be Stage Managed by Jodi Witherell.

Corey and Aimes are new recruits mending the wall that guards their city from an unnamed threat. But as their teacher Drew tells them subversive tales of the world outside they begin to wonder at the real purpose of the wall, until an unexpected act of passion tears the menders apart. Inspired by Robert Frost’s poem “Mending Wall”, Menders is a hauntingly lyrical look at what we’re walling out.

Oh Virgil! A Theatrical Portrait  | Open: 05/01/09 Close: 05/10/09
Spend a day with Pulitzer Prize winning composer and chief music critic for the New York Herald Tribune, Virgil Thomson, as he runs the world of music from his bed in the Chelsea Hotel. Thomson is considered to be one of the most remarkable, influential and controversial artists in the history of contemporary American music. In this new play with music, eight of Thomson’s art songs and several of his piano portraits are part of this kaleidoscopic portrait of a man and a time when the world of modern art and music exploded.

WOODSTOCK FRINGE in association with JUDSON ARTS is pleased to announce the world premiere production of OH VIRGIL! A THEATRICAL PROTRAIT by Woodstock Fringe Producing Artistic Director, Wallace Norman, in collaboration with Larry Alan Smith, under the musical direction of Michael Conley and directed by Nicola Sheara. OH VIRGIL! A THEATRICAL PORTRAIT plays a two-week limited engagement at the Judson Memorial Church (55 Washington Square South). Performances begin Friday, May 1st and continue through Sunday, May 10th. Opening Night is Friday, May 1st at 8 p.m.

In Circles  | Open: 02/12/08 Close: 02/22/08
Kaliyuga Arts is proud to present a revival of one of the seminal works from the early days of off-off-Broadway. Gertrude Stein's fractured, evocative "A Circular Play" is set spinning by Al Carmines' wildly eclectic, disgracefully tuneful score in this enchanting 1968 OBIE Award-winner. In an atmosphere reminiscent of Stein's legendary salon at the rue de Fleurus in Paris during the years surrounding WWI, a circle of intimate friends create, share secrets, quarrel, endure tragedy, and ultimately help one another to survive in a world that keeps threatening to break apart. Book and lyrics by Gertrude Stein; Music by Al Carmines. Directed and with sets by John Sowle, choreographed and stage managed by Jack Dyville, costumes by Mike Floyd, lighting by Joe Novak, musical direction by Paul Boesing, and featuring an All-Equity cast including Anthony Wills Jr., Maureen Taylor, Meghan Hales, Michael Lazar, Noelle McGrath, Paul Boesing, Paul Lincoln, Robin Manning, Sarah Ferro, and Steven Patterson.
The Great Nebula In Orion  | Open: 01/25/08 Close: 02/02/08
with Watson Heintz & Lynelle Johnson
Wallace Norman, stage director
Michael Conley, music director

Distinguished award-winning composer Kenneth Fuchs set Wilson's two-character play to music in 1985. This is the first NYC revival of this work since performances at Circle Rep nearly twenty years ago. Lanford Wilson, one of America's great playwrights and winner of the Pulitzer Prize (Tally's Folly) calls this chamber musical play "Magic – the weaving of music, evoking stars, dreams, lost love, great hopes. A glorious piece." This is the story of two women friends who, separated by years and events, meet up by chance and rediscover themselves and their dreams. In a Central Park West apartment overlooking the Planetarium, they reveal secrets, revisit wounds, share old laughs and find new ones while rekindling an important bond. More information at www.woodstockfringe.org.

7 Days, 7 Plays, 7 Ways  | Open: 07/23/07 Close: 07/29/07
Faux-Real Theatre Company directors playfully present 7 Plays/7 Days/7 Ways. That's seven versions of selections from 365 Days/365 Plays at the historic Judson Memorial Church – a venue renowned for being a beacon for peace, free speech and artistic expression. In November 2002, the Pulitzer prize-winning Suzan-Lori Parks sat down and committed to writing a play a day for the next 365 days. This play cycle is called 365 Days/365 Plays. Over 600 theaters have joined a grassroots premiere of the plays in Atlanta, Austin, Chicago, Colorado, Greater Texas, Los Angeles, Minnesota, New York, The Northeast, San Francisco Bay Area, Seattle, The Southeast, Universities (365U), Washington D.C. and the Western U.S. The 365 National Festival is produced by Suzan-Lori Parks and Bonnie Metzgar. For information on the 365 National Festival, visit www.365days365plays.com.