Since its first season in 2005, The Chocolate Factory Theater has supported the development and presentation of new work by a community of local, national and international artists working in dance, theater, and interdisciplinary performance. The Chocolate Factory’s programs have drawn many thousands of new visitors to its 5,000 square foot industrial facility in Long Island City, Queens. The organization recently purchased a permanent facility in the neighborhood.

Archived Events

January 27 – February 16, 2020

Nicola Gunn + Aaron Landsman
Creative Residency


Aaron Landsman and Nicola Gunn are in residency together, working as each other’s outside eyes, on their own separate projects. Nicola is working on a piece called The Interpreters, about language and the act of interpretation, and about the the gap that develops in the process of translation. Aaron is working on two companion performances called Night Keeper and Silent Treatment, one staged in near-darkness and the other in near-silence. Night Keeper is about a person looking out a window onto the sleeping city, tasked with shepherding the night to the next day. Silent Treatment is about how we learn what is expected of us through silent communication, expectation and gesture.

December 16-21, 2019

Abigail Levine
Redactions, a reading


Redactions is both an expanding collection of text drawings (watercolor and ink on paper) and the performance that results from them. Following a residency period at The Chocolate Factory, Levine will present a choreographed reading of a selection of the Redactions. The performance coincides with the publication of a portfolio of the Redactions, which will be launched with an exhibition at the new Chocolate Factory space in Spring 2020. The Chocolate Factory event will be the first stop in a “performance book tour” through cities in the US, Canada and Mexico.

December 9-14, 2019

Marion Spencer
to love the rise


A dance exploring conscious femininity, ambition, growth mania, liminal space and transformation. Through movement practices and embodied sonic scapes, I investigate the body as human, animal, machine, energy and vessel for transformation as it traverses and descends deep into environments and states of liminality. It is a collage. There are lessons from Marion Woodman, Yrsa Daley-Ward and Prince. There is physical rigor and tenderness. There is glow and soft neutrals. There is sonic saturation and a symphony of silence. There is breaking, mending and listening.