Speyer Hall - University Settlement

Todays Date: 06/29/22
Last Update: 03/07/13 08:38:43 AM

Address: 184 Eldridge Street
New York, NY    10002

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The Birds And The Bees...unabridged  | Open: 03/27/13 Close: 03/30/13

New York: Maggie Keenan-Bolger and Rachel Sullivan are proud to present The Birds and the Bees…Unabridged, an original devised theater piece about female sexuality accompanied by a pre/post show art exhibit.  Bringing together a diverse ensemble of 25 people, and over 10 visual artists, The Birds and the Bees…Unabridged uses theater and visual art to challenge the status quo and spark much needed conversations about women and trans sexuality.  We are pleased to say that we received over 2,000 survey responses to make this show possible.  For details, visit us at www.thebirdsandthebeesunabridged.com.

For years, many women have not had the time or place to discuss and define their own notions of sexuality or to challenge current definitions.  Using the experiences, ideas and opinions of the individuals in the ensemble, and the 2000+ people who participated in a nationwide survey, The Birds and the Bees...Unabridged tackles issues of sex education, partner communication, the sexual body, sexual health, identity, and how sexuality changes over one’s lifespan.  This project examines real opinions and stories…because the gentle explanation of the bees pollinating flowers will only go so far. 

Unproducible Smackdown  | Open: 03/23/13 Close: 03/23/13

A night of no-holds-barred thFive Short Unproducible New Plays. One Winner.

The SMACKDOWN is a night of no-holds-barred theater showcasing the most Unproducible short plays, brought to you by the town’s most daring playwrights, all battling it out before an audience to be crowned the most Unproducible of them all.

The evening’s festivities include audience voting, unlimited beer and wine, and entertainment by our incomparable hosts, Mel & El (The Mel & El Show).

Featuring the Unproducible works of Meghan Deans (Clare Running), J. Holtham (Togetherness),
Michael Lew (Bike America), Erica Saleh (In Memory of Julie Simmons), and Charise Castro Smith
(Estrella Cruz [The Junkyard Queen]). Direction by Jaime Castañeda (Atlantic Theater
Company's Chimichangas and Zoloft), Julie Foh (Red Fern Theatre'sOccupied), Nick Leavens (The
Management's The House of Von Macrame), Erik Pearson (Studio 42’s Billy Witch), and Pirronne
Yousefzadeh (Partial Comfort'sQVC). The plays of the Smackdown are produced by Alyssa Anderson,
Alex Barron, Stephen Stout, Stephanie Ybarra, and Leandro Zaneti.
Japanese Lolita street fashion is a alternative fashion subculture that has looks inspired Baroque, Rococo and Victorian times. International Lolita Day happens twice a year. This winters event will be on December 1st. This is a day to dress in your finest frock, meet other fashion enthusiasts and wear Lolita with pride.

*Yummy Refreshments will be served
*There will be Vendors and Live Entertainment.
*All Ages welcome


We would like to invite Steampunk, EGL, Goth, Vampire, Anime Enthusiasts, Victorian Aficionados or those curious about Japanese Street Wear to come. This is a day for everyone to feel like a welcome. If you are not sure of this attire please continue to read.

Crystal Candyland Attire Requirements and Welcomed Wear

1. Extreme and elaborate various versions of Lolita
2. Formal Court and Fantasy Attire.
3. Cosplay or Ethnic Ensembles inspired and or constructed with a Formal or Lolita flair.
4. Visual Kei and Steam Punk also welcomed.
5. Male styles - Gentlemanly garb or ensembles with an aristocratic feel.
6. Female Styles - Keep it ladylike. Corsets or Cleavage within good taste. Keep Hemlines modest no tenderbits showing ;)
7. Crossdressing Okay.
8. Wings and Wigs Optional
9. No Sneakers, No partystore bought costumes. No Exceptions


ABAKUA Afro-Latin Dance Company Fall Dance Series  | Open: 10/26/12 Close: 10/27/12
From Friday October 26th to Saturday October 27th, 2012, come experience edgy, Afro-Latin Dance choreography from celebrated choreographer and noted performer,
Frankie Martinez.

New York Mambo, Bugalu & Afro-Caribbean dance merge in this 2-hour Contemporary, Afro-Latin Dance performance series. The event will feature the world premiere of the Frankie's newest work "Lost Battalion" amongst two other pieces from ABAKUA's repertoire.

ABAKUA Afro-Latin Dance Company has been featured on Good Morning America, Telemundo and PBS as well as performed at prominent dance festivals such as Lincoln Center Out of Doors, SummerStage and Jacob's Pillow.

ABAKUÁ Afro-Latin Dance Company, 501 (c) 3 advances the art of Afro-Latin dance worldwide as a legitimate and established
performance art form. Through the avenues of performance, presence, and education, ABAKUÁ Afro-Latin Dance Company cultivates interest and talent in future generations in the art of Afro-Latin dancing.


Kinematik - INSEKTA  | Open: 05/10/12 Close: 05/12/12
Insects represent over 90% of multicellular life on earth, dominating the biological spectrum with over 100 million species. KINEMATIK Dance Theater ventures into the bustling world of bugs, bees, ants, spiders and flies with the premiere of INSEKTA, a dance exploration of the intricate and complex microorganisms that surround us. Collaborating with technology artist Cheng-I-Wang, KINEMATIK depicts the diversity and metamorphic cycles of insects through dance, live projections and the unusual use of props. Fusing technology with the movement vocabulary of Breakdance, House, Hip Hop and Contemporary modern dance, KINEMATIK creates an imaginative, unique and visually stimulating choreographic performance experience.


Crude Civility  | Open: 05/04/12 Close: 05/05/12
New York, NY--- On Friday, May 4, 2012 at 8 PM & Saturday, May 5th, 2012 at 9 PM, choreographer Anne H. Goldberg and the Synthesis Aesthetics Project present Crude Civility, a premiere of their latest evening-length work, developed at the Emerging Artist's Residency program at The Field. The performances are $15 general admission, $10 for students and seniors, available at Brown Paper Tickets or at the door. This world premiere of Crude Civility will be performed by dancers Anne H. Goldberg, Kate Ladenheim, Katie Martin, Anna Brown Massey, Danielle Schauderlaff, and Tara Sheena, as well as musicians Kevin Baldwin, digeridoo, Martha Cargo, flute, and Charlotte Mundy, soprano with Carlos Cordeiro, electronics, all of whom have been collaborating on this project since its inception.

Choreographer Goldberg explains, "The work focuses on perception -- how people see and view each other, how we interact, what in our behavior is societal and instinctual." Inspired by the tension between manners and the id, the performance will be in the round, which will promote not only an intimate experience but also will give the audience a more visceral response to the work. Appropriate for teens and older.

Excerpts have been presented by Works in Progress at Dance New Amsterdam, as well as by the Field at The Kitchen as part of the residency. Last season, the Synthesis Aesthetics Project presented an evening-length work at Manhattan Movement and Art Center, and Goldberg's choreography has been featured at Symphony Space, Merce Cunningham Studio, Alvin Ailey Studio, Dance New Amsterdam, and at University Settlement. Original costuming by Mark Eric Design and lighting design by Amith Chandrashaker create a unique and provocative canvas that highlights the movement.


Panoply Lab Performance Laboratory - NATURE FETISH  | Open: 04/26/12 Close: 04/28/12
NATURE FETISH is an experimental "folk opera" of live music, task-based action, home-made technology, and participatory experiments that take us through consciousness, conception, and language, ultimately in search of "the nature of nature" and each of our "natural" selves.


Push To Play  | Open: 04/13/12 Close: 04/14/12
Spark Movement Collective is thrilled to present "Push to Play," the company's first full-length evening performance comprised of three premieres. The two-performance limited engagement will take place at 8 p.m. on April 13-14 at University Settlement's Speyer Hall (184 Eldridge St, Lower East Side).

Featuring eight local dancers with installments under direction of Chelsea Koenig, Artistic Director, and Matt Dittes, "Push to Play" explores the sociology of relationships and the zen of life around us. The piece also presents live performances by local musicians John-Flor Sisante and Kirsten Kairos.

"The pieces explore the many 'games' people experience in the world of dating," said Koenig. "The piece was influenced by conducting interviews with friends of Spark, weaving together the familiar and, at times, not-so-comfortable comedy of romance."


Studio 42's UNPRODUCIBLE SMACKDOWN!  | Open: 03/31/12 Close: 03/31/12
Five Playwrights. Celebrity Judges. Audience Voting. Surprise Balloon Raffle. Free Drinks. Homemade Treats. Fantastic Performers. Five Short Unproducible Plays.


Featuring the short "unproducible" works of Rob Askins (Hand to God), Bekah Brunstetter (Oohrah!), Joshua Conkel (MilkMilkLemonade), Gregory S. Moss (punkplay, Studio 42's Billy Witch), and Crystal Skillman (Cut).

Proceeds from the UNPRODUCIBLE SMACKDOWN benefit Studio 42's artistic seasons. Read more about Studio 42's mission to produce the "unproducible" at www.Stu42.com.