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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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James Allister Sprang

Aquifer of the Weave is a 45-minute audiovisual experience featuring a monumental weaving of cyanotypes and immersive sound, both made to cocoon a turning inward.
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Justin Allen

Frequency, an improvisational performance by Justin Allen and collaborators, intersects percussive and rhythmic instruments and dance styles to produce, respond to, and interact with vibration. Using base shakers, the cast will build on the pulsation of techno music.
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Dion TYGAPAW McKenzie

For their first commissioned work as a 2022 ISSUE Artist-In-Residence, producer, DJ, and artist Dion TYGAPAW McKenzie presents the first part of Devil Woman (Obeah Woman), an opera in three parts. Using Techno as their main genre of focus, the work urges us to renegotiate and expand our understanding of the genre.
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Takahiro Yamamoto

What does it mean to acknowledge spaces that we could easily dismiss? Are there possibilities for the unity of the self and the other? How do we peel off protective layers as social beings in order to revisit our core selves? How could we unlearn together?
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Justin Cabrillos

as of it takes place across and between a disassembled dance club. Transforming The Chocolate Factory’s large industrial space into a delirious meditation room and spiritual mosh pit, as of it offers a hallucinatory glimpse of the dancer, the wallflower, the meditator, and the concertgoer all in the same room. In tandem with James Lo’s propulsive sound design, the dancers follow their fantasies to find ways to arrive and arrive again.
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Jon Kinzel

This new work is part of a series – Atlantic Terminus (2016) at The Invisible Dog, and, Pacific Terminus (2019) at Telematic Media Arts – wherein the construction of installation-like environments through durational performances entails a combination of movement, mark-making, and material manipulation, to orchestrate somatic social encounters.
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Donna Uchizono

Wings of Iron is an evening-length work that examines what it takes to remain humane in these charged times. Investigating the “weight in-between,” the work provides a forum in which to share the weight of vulnerability that is simultaneously public and private.