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ZOMBIE ASIAN MOMS  | Open: 11/29/18 Close: 12/09/18
Tiger Moms! Embarrassing fanny pack moms! Warrior with a wok moms! Amerasian moms with stinky lunches to torture you with!

 

Iconic Amerasian duo Slanty Eyed Mama are defying their parents’ wishes for them to “quit the arts and apply to medical school” to bring their latest mashup of comedy, electric violin, punk rock spoken word and video to a stage rife with the haunting lore of Asian Mom-ness. Zombie Asian Moms is a genre busting performance by a multidisciplinary duo known for searing takes on Asian American culture and the politics of representAsian. Drawing on oral history interviews with live Asian Moms, a combined 80 years of filtering undead brain waves from of our own Asian moms, and the myths about Asian moms in popular culture, this show is for everyone curious to discover universal truths about crazy moms.

 

Zombie Asian Moms is the follow up show to the award-winning Happy Lucky Golden Tofu Panda Dragon Good Time Fun Fun Show from Asian American Sheroes Slanty Eyed Mama. This classically trained duo causes all-out Amerasian mayhem with their high energy, stereotype busting, Asian woman powered music and comedy. It’s genre defying, description eluding, performance art virtuosity that fuses race and diversity messaging with a pop culture sensibility. Zombie Asian Moms focuses on the chasms between immigrant parents and their Westernized children, and the beauty of intersectionality found right inside this kind of new American family circle. The two artists’ personal relationships to their Asian moms serve as a pathway to larger discussions about culture and motherhood drawn from Oral History interviews with Asian Moms.


About the Company: Slanty Eyed Mama

Slanty Eyed Mama is two good Asian girls gone bad-assed. Born as a passion project in the halls of the Juilliard school, comedian/writer Kate Rigg joined forces with violinist extraordinaire Lyris Hung to create a high-energy, pop-culture, street-infused, multi-genre comedy, rap, spoken word, electroclash, and rock ‘n roll project focused on the Asian American Experience. Slanty Eyed Mama quickly gained a National following headlining the Asian Pacific Islander Fest in NYC, the PBS special 'Race is the Place', and the National Conferences of Asian American Students at colleges across the country (ECAASU, NAASC). They have been invited to perform and speak twice at the Smithsonian Institute, featured on LOGO TV and Comedy Central, won numerous awards for their music videos. They are favorites at new music conferences (Toronto, Vancouver, Chicago), alternative music fests and benefits (Pridefest, LA Grand Performances), women's music festivals (Michigan, Girlfest Hawaii) and alt-culture venues like the Chicago Museum of Modern Art and The Perth International Art Festival. Most recently they toured their show Happy Lucky Golden Tofu Panda Dragon Good Time Fun Fun Show (which had its world premiere at La MaMa in 2015) to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and as a film to Indie Film Festivals across the country. Familiar faces in the downtown scene, they have held residencies at Dixon Place, the Bowery Poetry Club, HERE, La MaMa and next year will begin a new residency at Joe’s Pub. www.slantyeyedmama.com 

A (micro) history of world economics, danced  | Open: 10/11/13 Close: 10/13/13
 A (micro) history of world economics, danced

Conceived at the height of the European economic crisis, A (micro) history of world economics, danced explores our collective economic history over centuries of time. Created with and circulating around the lives of anonymous, locally sourced performers – a ballet of raw bodies share their own histories in the larger history of economics – tall, short, young, old, of different ethnicities and ancestry on stage as one community to make meaning of a crisis.

Fri Oct 11 – 7:30pm
Sat Oct 12 – 2:30 & 7:30pm With talkback following 7:30pm performance 
Sun Oct 13 – 2:30pm
 
Tickets: $20 General / $15 Students & Seniors 
 
Pagbabalik  | Open: 10/07/13 Close: 10/07/13
 La MaMa ETC presents resident artist Kinding Sindaw's production of Pagbabalik, a piece that explores the migratory experience of displaced indigenous peoples of the Southern Philippines, on October 7, 2013 at 7 pm for a one night fundraising gala at La MaMa Club, 74 East 4th Street, between 2nd Avenue and Bowery. The performance runs 90 minutes and includes live music, dance, storytelling, and videography.

Pagbabalik, conceived by Kinding Sindaw founder and artistic director Potri Ranka Manis, is a response to the plight of the indigenous peoples of the Southern Philippines and the experiences of Filipinos in the diaspora. Indigenous communities are facing extinction due to the modern forces of displacement, deforestation, mining, and globalization. Pagbabalik depicts this struggle through the stories of migrating indigenous communities and how their oral traditions have in turn become fractured as their communities are dispersed worldwide. While these dislocated communities strive to reclaim their identity, Pagbabalik explores the question of whether one can ever really return home.


About the Company: Kinding Sindaw

 Kinding Sindaw is a dance theater ensemble that has been a resident of La Mama Experimental Theatre since 2000. It seeks to assert, preserve, reclaim, and recreate the traditions of the indigenous people of the Philippines that are facing extinction. Its founder, artistic director, and tradition bearer Potri Ranka Manis is the daughter of the late Sultan a Gaus of Borocot, Maguing, Lanao del Sur in the Southern Philippines. She seeks to examine the true story of the Moro people of Mindanao and the ancient Sultanates that have been overlooked in the written history of the Philippines, only having been transmitted through oral traditions from generation to generation. The indigenous music and dances of her childhood that Kinding Sindaw performs are therefore inextricably linked to themes of ancestral heritage, self-determination, and social justice.

Sacred Elephant  | Open: 09/05/13 Close: 09/22/13
Never before brought to life onstage in such a raw and compelling way, “SACRED ELEPHANT” delivers a unique theatrical experience, where man is no longer the central character. This powerful and evocative dramatic monologue for the 21st Century is adapted for the stage by Geoffrey Hyland and Jeremy Crutchley from the beautifully crafted epic poem by Heathcote Williams. The play’s immediate and essential subject is the elephant itself, mysterious, majestic - the world’s largest and oldest living land-mammal – yet it ultimately confronts the tensions in the extraordinary and historic relationship with humans – sounding out the nature of the mind and soul of Man. Jeremy Crutchley is “The Other”, a presence caught between worlds. While the inspiration comes out of Africa, the themes are universal: as relevant in the heart of the city as in the wild. This is us, now. There is simply no other drama quite like it. sacred elephant new york


Drama"

Theater.Drama

Helen Of Troy  | Open: 09/11/12 Close: 09/23/12
After mounting two successful off-Broadway runs of Aeschyluss Oresteia (2010) and Euripidess Iphigenia in Tauris (2011), Leonidas Loizidess acting troupe will return in the Fall of 2012 to present Euripidess Helen. Produced and directed by the award-wining Leonidas Loizidis, Helen features an outstanding performance by acclaimed actress Eftychia Loizidi and a new adaptation of the play into modern English poetry by Louis Markos, English and Honors Professor and Scholar in Residence at Houston Baptist University.


On Sunday, September 16 and 23 at 7pm, Loizidis will also present Kaddish to a Life not Lived. In this moving monologue, written by Michalis Kokkinaris, translated by Despines Kontaxis, and performed by Eftychia Loizidi, a Jewish woman named Sarah shares her final thoughts before being killed at Auschwitz. In unforgettable words, she mourns for the life that she will never live with the man she loves, the children she will never hold in her arms, and the simple dreams she will never see fulfilled.


Performance Art"

Helen Of Troy  | Open: 09/11/12 Close: 09/23/12
After mounting two successful off-Broadway runs of Aeschylus’s Oresteia (2010) and Euripides’s Iphigenia in Tauris (2011), Leonidas and Eftychia Loizides’s acting troupe will return in the Fall of 2012 to present Euripides’s Helen. Produced and directed by the award-wining Eftychia Loizides, and a new adaptation of the play into modern English poetry by Louis Markos, English and Honors Professor and Scholar in Residence at Houston Baptist University.


Performance Art"

Acts/Attractions.Performance Art

Girls With Dreams  | Open: 09/07/12 Close: 09/09/12
Girls With Dreams is a coming-of-age show chronicling the life of young DREAM WILLIAMS (Joy Pantopoulos), a suburban run-away who finds herself stuck in a turbulent world of sex,drugs, and prostitution. Leaving her alcoholic father, WILLIE (Bryan Benavides) and her passive-aggressive mother, FAYE (Ashley Layfield) in suburbia at the tender age of eight, she catches the first train to New York City to take reigns over her future. Contrarily, her life spirals downhill as she is confronted with homelessness, hunger, and some pretty shady characters who ironically might be her only saving grace in her new urban setting.


Dance Theater"

Dance.Dance Theater

Dream Bridge  | Open: 04/27/12 Close: 05/13/12
YARA ARTS GROUP IN "DREAM BRIDGE"
Experimental theater piece about dreams features Yara Arts Group from New York and artists from Ukraine and Kyrgyzstan.

WHERE AND WHEN:
April 27- May 13, 2012
La MaMa E.T.C. (First Floor Theater), 74 East 4th Street
Presented by La MaMa E.T.C.
Thursdays through Saturdays at 7:30 PM, Sundays at 2:30 PM
$18 general admission, $13 students/seniors; 212-475-7710, www.lamama.org
Runs :55. Reviewers are invited on or after Saturday, April 28.

DETAILS AND ARTIST INFO:
Yara Arts Group, a resident company of La MaMa Experimental Theater in New York, will perform "Dream Bridge" April 27 to May 13.  The work is an original, experimental theater piece featuring Yara artists from New York, Kyrgyzstan and Ukraine. The production, created by Virlana Tkacz, is based on a Ukrainian poem "Dream" by Oleh Lysheha and uses fragments from Shakespeare’s "Midsummer Night’s Dream" (mentioned in the poem), as well as the dreams and nightmares of the participants. It features Kyrgyz traditional music, as well as an electronic score by Kyiv composer Alla Zahaykevych. Interweaving performances in English, Ukrainian and Kyrgyz, "Dream Bridge" is highly visual show and completely accessible to all audiences.

The core text of "Dream Bridge" is the poem "Dream" by Ukrainian poet Oleh Lysheha and its English translation by Virlana Tkacz and American poet Wanda Phipps. Oleh Lysheha is acknowledged by many to be the best contemporary poet in Ukraine, a "poet’s poet." In 2000, he was awarded the PEN Translation Prize for his book published by Harvard University Press. For their translations, Virlana Tkacz and Wanda Phipps have won numerous awards and prizes, including the coveted National Endowment for the Arts Poetry Translation Fellowship.

Yara Arts Group is presently in Kyiv, spending much of March working on the production.  Yara actors Andrew Colteaux, Brian Dolphin and Christopher Ignacio and Artistic Director Virlana Tkacz are rehearsing at the Pasika Theatre of Kyiv Mohyla, where they will perform the piece March 27 and 30.  The cast also  includes Kyrgyz actors Kenzhegul Satybaldieva, Ainura Kachynbek kyzy and Ukrainian actor Mykola Shkaraban.  Last July, Yara worked in Kyrgyzstan to create the first draft of "Dream Bridge."

Virlana Tkacz, creator of "Dream Bridge," writes, "For several years, I have been interested in creating a piece based on dreams. Our dreams can bring to light the mystery which swirls silently inside. At night, our brains, freed of their burdens, soar like music. Space turns fluid, as we swim through the universe and through time: into our past and even the future. Dreams become bridges into our childhood, where we can find answers to life-long questions, or stumble upon new enigmas."

The play's company includes Watoku Ueno, recipient of NEA/TCG design fellowship and the current NYSCA design commission, Yara artists Andrew Colteaux, Brian Dolphin and Christopher Ignacio, Kyrgyz actors Kenzhegul Satybaldieva and Ainura Kachkynbek kyzy and musician Nurbek Serkebaev, who performs on traditional Kyrgyz instruments. The production has recently received the Edith Lutyens and Norman Bel Geddes Design Enhancement Fund grant from ART/NY for projections by Mikhail Shraga, last year’s Innovative Theatre Award nominee.

Oleh Lysheha's poetry has been central to several of Yara Arts Group's productions. In 2003, Yara staged his poem "Swan" at La MaMa and at Harvard. Dzvinka Matiash, a critic of Komentar, wrote, "The production of 'Swan' is a virtuoso translation of Lysheha’s text – it is not simply a literary translation into English, but rather a translation of poetry into the languages of music, light, image, movement of the human body, human voice (that can sound sharp, hoarse, strained, tired, lonely), and of course, stage space… This is what art should be like – in the glare of the stage lights you suddenly see the essence." Last spring, Yara created a new theater piece based on Oleh Lysheha’s poem "Raven." NYTheatre.com (Amy Lee Pearsall) wrote, "'Raven' incites this ensemble to glorious flight. The path flown by ‘Raven’ is, by turns, intoxicating in both its simplicity and complexity. I encourage you to follow where it leads."

Virlana Tkacz, director of this piece, is the founding director of Yara Arts Group and has created twenty two original theater pieces with the company, all of which had their American premieres at La MaMa in New York. The Village Voice described Yara’s production of "Circle" as "stunningly beautiful work that rushes at your senses, makes your heart pound, and shakes your feelings loose." Off-Off Online (Michael Bettencourt) labeled Yara’s "Scythian Stones," with the world renowned Ukrainian singer Nina Matvienko and Kyrgyz artists, "Pick of the Week" and wrote, "The performance builds what good theatre should always build: an alternate world that allows us to re-learn and reflect upon the great questions at the core of our being human."

Yara Arts Group, founded in 1990, is a resident company of La MaMa Theater in New York. The troupe transforms original material into experimental theater productions in a signature style that uses multilingual dialogue and music supported by evocative visuals and projections. Timely issues are explored through the diverse cultural perspectives of the group’s members, bringing together poetry, song, historical materials and scientific texts, primarily from the East, to form what one critic described as "extended meditation on an idea." The company has created eleven pieces based on materials from Ukraine and Eastern Europe, six theater pieces with Buryat artists from Siberia, three with artists from Kyrgyzstan and two based on Japanese material.