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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

The People’s Republic of Valerie, Living Room Edition is a collaboration between writer/performer Kristen Kosmas and visual artist Leon Finley. The project began in March of 2018 as a performance duet given for free or by donation in living rooms across the country to raise money for Path With Art in Seattle — or other organizations that provide direct aid to unhoused residents in cities beyond Seattle. The People’s Republic of Valerie, Living Room Edition is an abstract political commentary on the seemingly relentless upsurge in violence to people and the planet in recent years.
Join us for an intimate dinner celebrating Chocolate Factory supporters Sarah Obraitis and Hugue Dufour of M. Wells Steakhouse and Elliot Park of Shine Electronics as they jointly receive the Fourth Annual Artist in Industry Award. The Artist in Industry Award was created in 2016 to recognize business professionals with strong connections to The Chocolate Factory who have demonstrated creativity and artistry in their careers, thus impacting their fields as a whole.
El pueblo de los Olvidados, Parte II (The Village of the Forgotten, Part II) is a dance-theater performance in the genre of science-fiction, prompted by Ramos’s research about Puerto Rico in the wake of Hurricane Maria. The narrative concerns the protagonist, Tony Taco?n, returning to his native planet to discover the metamorphosis of the land and its gender, attacked and altered by a different breed. As if under a moribund spell, the entire country appears devastated after years of suffering under the colonization by the alien species, GREENGOO.
(re)Source is an evening-length live danced and spoken artwork performed inside an audience-co-created installation. Creator Maria Bauman-Morales dances through, with, in, and in spite of the visual, sonic and human landscapes which house (re)Source. The performance-ritual is unique and steeped in immediacy every time Bauman-Morales inhabits it; (re)Source is a scored improvisation wherein Bauman-Morales dances, sings, and speaks through the assets in her family (both the Blackfolks and whites), what it takes to make it in Trump’s U.S., and what her research into maroonage and her own ancestors have to do with all of that. She employs some of her families' histories as a complex microcosm of race relations in the United States, digging in to the process of other-ing, being other-ed, and reclaiming radical connection.