August 28, 2018

What Can the Arts Do for Immigrants? NYC’s Cultural Leaders Convene an Event to Hear Your Thoughts

70 of New York City arts organizations have called upon the City’s government to convene a symposium on how to better serve the city’s immigrant community now under siege by ICE and the Trump administration.

The New York Times

August 21, 2018

A Movie That Creeps to Its Own Choreographic Beat

“Screamers,” Mr. Rogers’s first feature film, will be screened at Abrons Arts Center on the Lower East Side on Aug. 24 and 25. An eerie ghost story, it was shot mainly at the church, in Stuyvesant, N.Y., which belongs to the puppeteer Dan Hurlin, who needed a tenant while he was out of the country.

The New Yorker

August 21, 2018


"This is not a dance film but, rather, an art-house horror movie made by people from the world of experimental dance and theatre. Brian Rogers, the artistic director of the Chocolate Factory, directs a cast that includes such downtown luminaries as Jim Findlay, Jay Wegman, Daniel Fish, and Keely Garfield. The darkly captivating Molly Lieber stars as a dancer who’s moved into an unconsecrated church. While the main draw is the fun of watching these folks adapt their sensibilities to horror-flick conventions, the movie is actually good, a cross between “The Shining” and “Gaslight” in the mode of David Lynch." — Brian Seibert

The Art Newspaper

August 20, 2018

Rammellzee mini-me’s put on opera inspired by the artist

Last Friday (17 August), the Abrons Arts Center’s Playhouse Theater in New York was injected with the energy of the late Gothic futurist hip-hop pioneer and graffiti artist, Rammellzee, in Glowing Creation: a Rammellzee-Inspired Opera, conceived and staged by a group of 11 to 13-year-olds who performed tracks they had written and break-danced. The young stars were part of a programme co-hosted by the Abrons Arts Center and Red Bull Arts New York, on the occasion of the latter’s exhibition RAMM:ELL:ZEE: Racing for Thunder, which closes Sunday (26 August).

The New York Times

August 16, 2018

7 Things to Do With Your Kids in N.Y.C. This Weekend

‘GLOWING CREATION: A RAMMELLZEE-INSPIRED OPERA’ at the Abrons Arts Center (Aug. 17, 4 p.m.). Adolescence is all about transformation, and so was the artist and hip-hop pioneer Rammellzee (1960-2010): He turned letters of the alphabet into figures of rebellion and used found objects to build hulking warrior sculptures and full-body costumes that resemble science fiction monsters. This summer, Red Bull Arts New York, which is honoring his career with the show “Rammellzee: Racing for Thunder,” joined with the education department of the Abrons Arts Center to develop a six-week workshop series in which young people could respond to his ideas. The result is “Glowing Creation,” a performance for which the students designed Tyvek suits and masks and developed their own music and choreography. In addition to the show, this free program (an online R.S.V.P. is recommended) will screen the 1983 documentary “Style Wars,” about street art and the birth of hip-hop.

The New York Times

August 1, 2018

On This Land: Dance Presenters Honor Manhattan’s First Inhabitants

On an evening in early June, before the sun had gone down, a bonfire blazed outside Abrons Arts Center on the Lower East Side. Handmade quilts lined the steps of the outdoor amphitheater. Anyone walking down Grand Street could come in and take a seat.

As a group of singers arranged themselves around a large cylindrical drum, the choreographer Emily Johnson stood up to speak a few careful, welcoming words.

“I’d like to acknowledge and pay my deep respect to Lenape people and elders and ancestors — past, present and future,” she said. She gestured toward the ground and in the direction of the East River. “I acknowledge and offer deep gratitude to this Lenape land and water that supports us, as we’re gathered here right now together, and I invite you to join me in that acknowledgment, that respect and that gratitude.”

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