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

Upcoming screenings: Zukor Theater at Kaufman Astoria Studios, November 15-17 2018. Screamers is a 75-minute feature film created and performed by members of the experimental dance, theater and performance communities – including dancers, choreographers, directors and performing arts curators. A kind of conceptual ghost story, Screamers was conceived during a year-long residency at a former Catholic Church owned by the artist Dan Hurlin in Stuyvesant, NY – and was subsequently filmed over the course of two weeks in September 2015, with additional filming in the Playhouse at Abrons Arts Center.

November 7-15, 2018

Jim Dawson
Settle and Imperium

Settle is a portrait of water documented over the course of a twelve hour period. Three recordings of the Puget Sound are interlaced with the urban soundscape of Tompkins Square Park also recorded across a twelve hour period. The aural and visual documents mix the lunar time of tides and the day/night cycle. The resulting depiction of change evokes stillness, movement, interiority, and landscape. Imperium, a two-channel video piece, investigates the unnatural permeance of our human world. As the digital world shifts rapidly and the decline of the natural world escalates, this work explores how the physical infrastructure humans build to meet our transportation and shelter needs remain largely the same. The purposeful aimlessness of images combines with the tuned sonic resonance of generators and combustion engines to construct an experience of sealed time, an unnatural state of an anthropomorphic unawareness hidden below comfort.
Join us for an intimate dinner celebrating Chocolate Factory supporters Mikéah Jennings and Katinka Locascio as they jointly receive the Third 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.

October 29 – November 4, 2018

Live Art Development Agency

Call for participants to work with Tania El Khoury (with luciana achugar) and Dickie Beau (with Jack Ferver). DIY (a project of the Live Art Development Agency, supported by the British Council) is an opportunity for artists working in Live Art to conceive and run professional development projects for other artists. Most professional development schemes are conceived by 'arts professionals' and tend not to be geared to the eclectic and often unusual needs of artists whose practices are grounded in challenging and unconventional approaches, forms and concepts. We aim to promote ideas for exciting, innovative and idiosyncratic Live Art professional development projects that offer something different.

October 24 – 27, 2018

Julie Mayo
Terrific Freight

Terrific Freight is a dance of shifting occasions. It is a performance of countless impressions constructed from a cloudburst of moments. Purposing itself in a realm of personal poetics, Terrific Freight creates an ongoing, fractal worlding that etches itself through what is here/there, what is now/then and all of the threads that go with this place, this time, and these people who suck stones, light fires, and notice that the ice is melting.