Past Events

American Realness

January 11 through January 16, 2018

Now in its ninth year, American Realness commands attention for the proliferation of choreographic and performative practices transcending the traditions and rewriting the definitions of American dance and performance.

Wanna see it all? American Realness offers a $100 festival pass which includes tickets to five American Realness performances at Abrons Arts Center. You will select performance dates/times when you purchase the pass. 

International Contemporary Ensemble [ICE]: OpenICE Fall Series

December 13 through December 15, 2017

The International Contemporary Ensemble celebrates four years since their first OpenICE concert at Abrons and the launch of their FIFTH OpenICE season. ICE activates Abrons’ various spaces with interactive performance and education events, looking to the past with a retrospective and into the future with premieres of new works. December’s residency features ICE’s pianist’s brainchild, the UNcaged Toy Piano Festival, as well as the world premiere performance of Wojtek Blecharz’ Music for Invisible Places.

December 13-15
Playhouse/Experimental/Underground | Various Times | FREE

George Emilio Sanchez: BANG, BANG, GUN AMOK, 24 Hour Performance Filibuster

December 8 through December 9, 2017 from 6 PM

Bang, Bang, Gun Amok is a 24-hour “performance filibuster” dedicated to gun culture in the USA. Initiated by performance artist and activist George Emilio Sanchez, Bang, Bang, Gun Amok will create a space for a community of creators to educate and express how the issue of gun violence is based in a history of institutionalized violence. Artists, activists, scholars, and survivors of gun violence will come together through music, dance, theater, comedy, mural-making, discussion, bodywork, healing practices, and more.

Underground Theater | 6 PM | $20

Jaamil Olawale Kosoko: Séancers [World Premiere]

December 6 through December 9, 2017 from 8 PM

Setting the fugitive experience afforded Black people on fire with majesty, opulence, and agency, Séancers is a nonlinear examination of how the American racialized body uses psychic, spiritual, and theoretical strategies to shapeshift through socio-politically charged fields of loss and oppression.

Experimental Theater | 8 PM | $20

ONEOFUS: Jack & the Beanstalk [World Premiere]

December 6 through December 23, 2017 from 2 & 7:30 PM

This holiday season is the time to experience a radical, joyful, uproarious family extravaganza promoting equality in all forms, featuring a spectacular cast of 20 talented Lower East Siders. 

Abrons Playhouse | 2 & 7:30 PM | $25 – $45

Discomfort: A Long Table

November 30, 2017 from 7 PM

Organized by Eva Yaa Asantewaa, Discomfort: A Long Table brings together performing artists and artists of other disciplines in a discussion about the place of discomfort in our lives, processes, practices and relationships with collaborators, audiences, our society and world.

Underground Theater | 7 – 9 PM | FREE

Open Source Music Festival: Extended Play Concert: Joel Fan, JACK Quartet, Ben Monder, TIGUE, ADR, Jeffrey Ziegler, TeenGirl Fantasy and much more

November 18, 2017 from 12 – 10 PM

“Open source is the simple idea that we share our creative work, and allow others to build upon it freely. We’ve built our whole music festival around this powerful concept.” – Joel Fan, Artistic Director

Performers at this daylong concert event include John Pickford Richards, Jay Campbell, Tigue; electronic luminaries Teengirl Fantasy; and composers include Augusta Read Thomas, Bernard Rands, Evan Ziporyn, Julia Wolfe, Michael Gordon.

Abrons Playhouse | 12 – 10 PM | $40 ($50 ALL-Festival Pass)

Public in Private / Jasna L. Vinovrški: Staying Alive [US PREMIERE]

November 17 through November 18, 2017 from 8 PM

In Staying Alive, Croatian artist Jasna L. Vinovrški and her collaborators—a book and an electronic tablet—tackle the migration debate. In a humble demonstration of community, the book is passed around for the audience to touch and read while Vinovrški experiments with the iPad’s potential for eye contact.

Experimental Theater | 8 PM | $20