This year, we are thrilled to offer 9 Commissioned Premieres and 6 supported Creative Residencies including partnerships with Abrons Arts Center, Live Art Development Agency (London, UK), Fusebox Festival (Austin, TX), Portland Institute of Contemporary Art, Contemporary Arts Center of Cincinnati, Sophiensaele (Berlin, Germany), Temperance Hall (Melbourne, Australia), Kaufman Astoria Studios and American Realness.

Current Season

Collection of Artists is the third movement of the Collection of People. Is it possible to access an artist through learning a moment of his/her creation? Can one access their story? Raquel uses her own body as an archive, learning and keeping the arts of others so she can tell their stories. She creates a collection that cares about each artist, their different practices, disciplines, conceptual perspectives and work tools. We also find personal desires and thoughts about the ways of being and their relationship with their artistic practice and biography. By collecting artists, Raquel navigates over frontiers of reality and fiction, fantasy and possibility, daily life and artistic life, seeking to collect the ephemeral, and transform it into something concrete and palpable, through an artistic and poetic medium. In 2018 and 2019 , Raquel André collects artists in partnership with various institutions in various cities around the world: Bergen, Salzburg, Faro, Warsaw, Cincinnati, New York, Loulé, Berlin, Orléans, Porto and Lisbon.

October 2, 2018

2018/2019 Season Launch

Visit our new (as yet unrenovated) building - if you haven't already! Hear about our current progress and our future plans! Celebrate our upcoming season with Queens Borough President Melinda Katz, NYS Senator Mike Gianaris, NYS Assemblywoman Cathy Nolan and NYC Councilmember Jimmy Van Bramer! Drink some wine!
The Chocolate Factory Theater’s transition into a new performance space provides the grounds for the developing time/space structure of the engagement. The project offers a frame for the artist’s individual practices to relate, to generate a performative object of attention together and to host audience within this communally reflective space. It’s about involving a diversity of mutual voices into a material and immaterial dialogue throughout the project.
In December 2014, The Chocolate Factory published Claudia La Rocco’s novel petit cadeau in live performance form. In Ocotber 2018, we will publish the novel as an actual book (in print and e-book editions). Join us to celebrate this milestone with a casual gathering at The Chocolate Factory’s new as-yet-unrenovated permanent home in LIC.

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.