Previewing the 2016-17 Season

The 2016-17 season features boundary-pushing theater, dance and performance includes 12 world premieres. The lineup, comprised almost entirely of premieres, includes:

  • A unique mix of traditional circus, opera, dance and sound, Circus Amok takes to the streets of New York, (Sunday, September 11)
  • OBIE Award-winner Brendan Connelly and Bessie winner Scotty Heron’s collaboration Appalachian Spring Break blends the roles of choreographer and composer as they generate all movement, light and sound onstage, (September 16-25)
  • OpenICE aims to share the most essential elements of ICE’s creative process–creation, collaboration and performance–with a wider audience, through free concert and activity programming. Season launch September 16-18.
  • Joshua William Gelb directs the 1866 musical The Black Crook in celebration of its 150th anniversary, (September 17–October 7)
  • Paul Lazar stars in Suzanne Bocanegra’s Artist Lecture: When a Priest Marries a Witch, (September 23 & 24)
  • Abrons will be partnering with Lincoln Center’s Boro-Linc Manhattan to present La Casitafeaturing an impressive lineup of artist-activists exploring the far-reaching social, political, and expressive powers of oral and visual tradition, (Saturday, October 1, 3-5pm)
  • Drag fabulist Dickie Beau brings icons like Marilyn Monroe to life in Blackouts, an ethereal revitalization of lip-syncing, and impersonation performance, (October 6 – 15)
  • Witness Relocation present The Loon, an evening length dance / theater performance inspired by the sociology of domestic life and party games, directed by Dan Safer, (October 13-29)
  • Brooklyn Based theatre company Little Lord present NOW IS THE TIME. NOW IS THE BEST TIME. NOW IS THE BEST TIME OF YOUR LIFE, an epic treatise on trying to leave one’s mark on a world that never stands still, (October 19–November 5)
  • The world premiere of Wilderness by En Garde Arts is a live documentary-performance illuminating the parent-child relationship in cases of mental health issues, (October 20–November 13)
  • Aaron Landsman conducts an art-based discussion with architects, urban planners and critics on the preservation and gentrification of the Lower East Side, entitled Perfect City (Tuesday, October 25)
  • Trans South Asian performance art duo Alok Vaid-Menon and Janani Balasubramanian otherwise known as DarkMatter regularly performs to sold-out houses and are known for their quirky aesthetic and political panache, present #ItGetsBitter, a stinging critique of the personal and political and an imagining new ways of being and resisting together. (November 3 – 6)
  • Travelogues: Pere Faura; In no dance, no paradise, Spanish choreographer Pere Faura takes on the iconic works of dance in this Abrons series curated by Laurie Uprichard, (November 11-13)
  • REAL TALK / KIP TALK is a series of live talk shows about the state of contemporary performance in New York City, hosted by Kippy Winston, (December 3, February 20 & April 15)
  • Legendary downtown theater maker Anna Kohler is posing naked for painters – but who is looking at whom? MYTHO? Lure of Wildness is a unique, immersive, and sensory experience, (December 7 – 23)
  • The eighth annual American Realness festival returns (January 5­–15)
  • The US premiere of Dutch choreographer Jan Martens’ Sweat Baby Sweat covers the lifetime of one man and one woman in just one hour, (January 27 & 28)
  • New York City Players present a return of Richard Maxwell‘s critically acclaimed Good Samaritans, (February 8 – March 4)
  • This series of motivational speeches and TED-style talks by Tiny Little Band, entitled Your Hair Looked Great asks us what defines the good life, and how do we define success? (February 9 – 25)
  • The Terrifying is a world premiere from Minor Theater, which brings horror movies to live theater, experimenting with sound, darkness, silence and suspense, (March 9 – April 01)
  • Aynsley Vandenbroucke uses experimental literary devices to create a series of live, three-dimensional essays, (March 30 – April 01)
  • Mourning Becomes Electra continues Target Margin Theater’s two-season exploration of Eugene O’Neill, (May 3 – 20)
  • Commissioned by Abrons Arts Center, The Joyce and The Chocolate Factory, Ivy Baldwin’s latest work Keen (Part 2), is an exploration of that which we avoid, the contours of grief, (May 31–June 11)
  • 2016 Guggenheim Fellow Christina Masciotti returns to Abrons Arts Center with world premiere Raw Bacon from Poland, (June 1 – 18)
  • Dylan Crossman’s dance piece Here We Are uses movement and an electronic soundscape by Jesse Stiles to explore the concept of humanity within formalism, (June 15–17)

Detailed information and tickets will be available soon.

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