The New York TimesJanuary 3, 2019
AMERICAN REALNESS at various locations (Jan. 4–13). Fans of unexpected dance know to rest up over the holidays in preparation for the new year sprint that is American Realness, the genre-busting performance festival now celebrating its 10th anniversary. Venues in four of the five boroughs play host to dozens of shows that subvert conventions, challenge systems (artistic, social, political) and reject, dissect and/or embrace every kind of identity. Among the many participants are Gillian Walsh, Marjani Forté-Saunders at New York Live Arts, Juliana May at Abrons Arts Center and Jumatatu M. Poe at the Bronx Academy of Arts and Dance.
CityLimits.orgJanuary 1, 2019
Hip-hop samples and ambient beats resonated through the auditorium at the Abrons Arts Center on the Lower East Side. Dec. 11, as graduates of the electronic music production workshop at The Loisaida Center showcased their self-produced mixes to a packed audience of local art supporters.
HyperallergicJanuary 1, 2019
On Saturday, the First Nations Dialogues marks the start of a week-long series in support of Indigenous performance and cultural change.
The New York TimesDecember 13, 2018
‘JACK AND THE BEANSTALK’ at the Abrons Arts Center (Dec. 14 and 20, 7 p.m.; Dec. 15, 2 and 7 p.m.; Dec. 16, 3 p.m.; through Dec. 30). In conventional tellings of this fairy tale, Jack chops down the beanstalk and saves everyone from the bloodthirsty giant. But there’s nothing conventional about this theatrical version, which draws on the British tradition of panto, an art form far more closely related to vaudeville than to mime. Here, it takes a village to topple that beanstalk, along with help from the audience. Written by the married team of Mat Fraser and Julie Atlas Muz, the show incorporates an M.C. of sorts, called Silly Simon, and a villain known as the Giant Rump. A hit last year, the production has already sold out one performance, so book your tickets in advance.
HyperallergicDecember 11, 2018
Artists will address the ways in which gun culture is embedded into US history through music, dance, theater, comedy, and more.