“‘When they say, Come here and play and experiment and move the furniture around and don’t worry about making a mess, it really creates an atmosphere that is conducive to discovery and surprise’. As the theater settles into its new home — two adjacent warehouses that were once a tool and die factory — that ethos will likely endure, along with the founders’ cultivation of local relationships.” – Siobhan Burke, New York Times

Current Season

Emerging through mannerisms and characteristics of “characters“, Zurich-based actor/creator Phil Hayes and choreographer/performer Jen Rosenblit (who last appeared at The Chocolate Factory in 2019) play Grifters, Hustlers and Tricksters in search of the promised land...
In his first major project since Screamers, an experimental feature film (which premiered at Abrons Arts Center in 2018, and was screened nationally throughout 2019), Brian Rogers continues his habit of interdisciplinary makeovers with Small Songs, a long form recording of textural synthesizer music.

December 12, 2023

animals & giraffes

Musician/composer Phillip Greenlief and writer Claudia La Rocco created animals & giraffes after meeting at Headlands Center for the Arts during their 2013 residencies. For this one-night performance, a&g’s East Coast debut, Greenlief and La Rocco are joined by dance artists Rashaun Mitchell and Silas Riener, and video & sound artist Brian Rogers — the first time these longtime collaborators have all performed together.
Co-presented as part of New York Live Arts | Live Artery. Family Happiness continues Juliana May's decade-long investigation into body control and the complicated system of victimhood and perpetration. Pitting Post-Modern and Modernist choreographic strategies such as task and symbolism against pop cultural references of the 80s and 90s, this dance- text-song triptych delivers a space for culpability and catharsis.
Dream Body Body Building choreographs lucid dreamwork, automatic movement, breath and other territories in which the unconscious touches the conscious. It physically feels good to watch, a sensitive sensory nuanced and gentle unexpected adventure.
Womxn suffer, alone and in relationships. Those who have not suffered, are not human beings. So many different kinds of pain, from the physical to the societal/mental. This work will juxtapose the macabre with the naive bubble of the un-real beings in this world...are they not of this world?
For All Your Life is a performance event and social experiment that investigates the value of Black life and Black death. The performance includes live performance and video that exhibit abstracted growth charts, the history and mechanism of life insurance, to offer a complication between proprietorship and legacy.
Pouffy piles, wobbly stacks, loops, lists, gerunds, slaps, slips, crashes, splits, sobs, bad mother fuckers and shitty mommies.* Take that, and that, and that, and that, and that. “There is no such thing as repetition," Gertrude Stein says. overly merry is a gift made for Mary Overlie from this shore to the other. It asks her, “did you mean this?”
Face Eaters is part experimental documentary, part video poem, part Total Theater Mess, part danceography, and part operatic funeral film set; dwelling in the zeitgeist of never as an ineffable absurdity of "autobiography".
Black Life Chord Changes uses dance, text, and sound to illuminate a nuanced and experimental portrayal of Black dance, drawing from traditions of liturgical dancing, Soul line dancing, Umfundalai, and post-modern improvisation.