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Linda Mary Montano

The Chocolate Factory Theater and ISSUE Project Room are pleased to present legendary performance artist Linda Mary Montano hosting a series of “interactions'' embedded within her new video piece MA AND THE SEVEN CHAKRAS (produced in collaboration with Tobe Carey, with video editing/animations by Jim Barbaro and sound engineering and Brenda Hutchinson).
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Celebrate the Life of Mikéah Ernest Jennings

Join us to the celebrate the life of our friend, colleague, and family member Mikéah Ernest Jennings.
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Review: In ‘Folds,’ Caught Between Laughter and Grief

Ivy Baldwin’s defiant and poignant work for four dancers at the Chocolate Factory Theater is the outcome of deeply considered collaboration.
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VESSEL: Seeing Double

Two writers wade into the hazy environment of David Thomson’s new work to grapple with opacity and transparency, the magical and mundane. Where one sees an M, the other sees a W, yet both come away with a sense of intimacy in the unknown.
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A Welcome Gust of Weird, and Adventures in Shadow Puppetry

At the Chocolate Factory Theater in Long Island City, Queens, the Institute of Useless Activity’s “This and That” is also experimental, but it occupies the other end of the overload spectrum. Its medium is light and shadow.
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Everything Avant-Garde Is Old Again

Meanwhile, at the Chocolate Factory, a former machine shop in Long Island City, there’s a show that Witkacy would have loved. “This and That” is chock-full of pure forms being manipulated and juxtaposed. Staged amid a mess of equipment and projectors and lights on stands, it has the feeling of a demonstration hour, a sharing among friends. It is free of psychology and dialogue, at least in the conventional sense, a bare hour of “choreography” made just from light and shadow.
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Jessie Young with Iris McCloughan

This work lives in the space between us, Iris and me and inevitably ours. A thread, a tissue - word to movement to after image. What are we seeing when we see each other? And how does that seeing become a choreography? For now, a lighthouse as a guiding abstraction to clarity.
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Phil Soltanoff and Steven Wendt (The Institute of Useless Activity)

The Chocolate Factory Theater is thrilled to partner with The Bushwick Starr to present The Institute of Useless Activity’s THIS AND THAT, co-created by international theater director Phil Soltanoff (2020 Herb Alpert Award recipient) and performer/puppeteer Steven Wendt (Blue Man Group). What is THIS? What is THAT? — THAT imagines the creation of the universe, THIS is about the people in it – their romantic sense of longing, loss, alienation and near miss… a cowboy sleeps under the stars, a family puts their child to sleep for the night, a crooner serenades his lover, a jazz pianist fantasizes while he plays. The vignettes morph from one scene to another— hand shadows inspired by the sculptures of Henry Moore dissolve into each scene.
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Efraín Rozas

An Ocean of Forgiveness is a new composition for live solo percussion composed and performed by Efraín Rozas (who most recently appeared at The Chocolate Factory with luciana achugar), which slowly conjures an intense polyrhythmic trance, using complex percussive patterns and the resonance of the architecture. Rozas will be joined by light artist Kazue Taguchi (Japan/NY) who will manipulate a light sculpture in real time during the show.
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David Thomson

VESSEL continues David Thomson’s research into the perception of identity, and the ways in which presence and absence operate within the human experience. Within an intricate physical installation (aka the “vessel” of the title), Thomson and his collaborating performers - Martita Abril, Jaguar Mary X, Katrina Reid, Katie Workum and Nehemoyia Young - embody a physical practice developed specifically for the project, navigating pathways of transformation and altered states.