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“This marvelous space dedicated to dance and performance in Long Island City, Queens, has just purchased a permanent facility in the neighborhood, but for the time being its forward-thinking presentation will continue at its current home.” —Gia Kourlas, New York Times

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Visiting the Chocolate Factory Theater, in the Long Island City neighborhood of Queens, feels like witnessing the end of an era these days. Amazon is poised to descend on the area, and the theater itself, a brick-walled room on a quiet block, is preparing to move to a larger location nearby. The change is bittersweet: Buying a home is a big deal for a small New York arts organization, but the idiosyncrasies of the current (rented) building, where artists have had freedom to experiment since 2005, will be hard to part with.
Location (location, location) is everything. For about a year beginning in 2013, Brian Rogers, a film director and video and sound artist, found himself living — half a week, every week — in a former Catholic church in upstate New York. It was winter. His marriage was breaking up. The church frightened him. (Watching Stanley Kubrick’s “The Shining” on repeat didn’t help.) But week after week, he returned and out of that experience a horror movie was born.
Location (location, location) is everything. For about a year beginning in 2013, Brian Rogers, a film director and video and sound artist, found himself living — half a week, every week — in a former Catholic church in upstate New York. It was winter. His marriage was breaking up. The church frightened him. (Watching Stanley Kubrick’s “The Shining” on repeat didn’t help.) But week after week, he returned and out of that experience a horror movie was born.
Chris Schlichting’s thoughtful and intense “Period” wrapped its dancers around the air, and around the audience, as its three performers created a dense medium out of the ether. The Chocolate Factory Theater’s white walls and rough edges framed the work, which was co-presented with Lumberyard, the sponsor of Schlichting’s current creative residency.