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Springtime in Nickyland – April 7th, 2018

Springtime in Nickyland – LaMama ETC.

Held in the very intimate Downstairs Lounge (while the regular ‘Club’ is being renovated)

Nicky Paraiso brought in a nice variety of performers for this evenings performance.

Nicky rings the ‘traditional’ LaMama bell to begin the performance.

In his personal style, Nicky talks with the audience using very expressive gestures.

Calling to the ‘heavens’ to bring order to the current situation.

Nicky talks about his trip to Norway and other worldly issues.

Laurie Stone reads from her new book ‘My Life as an Animal’.

Reading moments of comedic text bring a smile to her face.

Piotr Gawelko reads his poetry. 

Piotr Gawelko reads his poetry off his laptop. Born in Poland and published “The City of Missing People” in 2014.

Abigail Gampel brought a wonderfully great voice to the evening’s festivities.

With passion and finesse, Abigail enthralled the audience with her singing.

Paul Hallasy brought comedy to the stage with an excerpt from his one-man show.

Paul had many adventures to share with the audience with his experiences as a ‘doorman’.

Gordon Beeferman attempted to sing an original composition about birds but…

In addition to singing an original composition, Nicky also ended the show with the audience joining in on “Downtown”.

Check out the LaMama calendar for other upcoming cultural events.

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Program Notes:

In the spirit of rebirth, renewal, and the resurrection of the spirit, curator and host Nicky Paraiso addresses the current political and social climate in a serious attempt to investigate and celebrate the origins of cabaret.

Although the 19th-century French definition referred to any business serving liquor, a cabaret in the early 20th century was an informal salon or safe place, as it were, where poets, artists, and composers could share ideas and compositions, present new works-in-progress and decry the political ills of the day. Exemplary writers and performers extraordinaire are invited to respond to recent life-changing and transformational events while songs continue to be sung with entertaining consequence.

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Yoshiko Chuma & The School of Hard Knocks presented a video of their tour in Europe.

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Vaudevisuals interview with Gus Solomons Jr. – “From the Horse’s Mouth”

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I had a great time interviewing Gus. We had much in common and I loved his studio space!

Listen to him talk about his life and work and attend this upcoming event!

This ‘From The Horse’ Mouth’ production celebrates the career and accomplishments of a true renaissance man, Gus Solomons Jr. His work as a dancer, choreographer, actor, writer and educator continue to this day proving he is a special force of nature in today’s contemporary arts scene. The cast includes over 20 luminaries honoring his 60 years of professional performance.

Guest participants include: (Schedule subject to change)
Patricia Beaman
Michael Blake
Donald Byrd
Yoshiko Chuma
Kay Cummings
Carmen deLvallade
Valda Setterfield
Mary Kate Hartung
Martine van Hamel
Margaret Jenkins
Deborah Jowitt
Phyllis Lamhut
Judith Ren-Lay
Dianne McIntyre
Douglas Nielsen
Norton Owen
Wendy Perron
Pam Pietro
Christina Noel Reaves
Meredith Monk  (on video)
Pascal Rekoert
Jonathan Matthews
James Sutton
Alice Teirstein
Santa Aloi
David Vaughan
Susanna Weiss
Buddy Valdez-Rekoert
John Heginbotham (on video)
Ty Boomershine (on video)

Wally Cardona (on video)

April 1, 2 @8pm and April 3 @3pm, 2016

The Theater at the 14th Street Y

344 East 14th Street (between 1st and 2nd Avenues)

Click above to purchase tickets!

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Yoshiko Chuma & The School of Hard Knocks @ LaMama

Yoshiko Chuma & The School of Hard Knocks is Association with La Mama

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Conceived, designed, directed, and tech concept by Yoshiko Chuma.

Yoshiko Chuma at LaMamaLance Gries and Yoshiko Chuma begin the journey.

Megumi Eda dances at LaMamaMegumi Eda dances a lovely solo.

2015.06.03_Yoshiko.074The visuals and scenery are every changing and delightful.

Dane Terry plays piano.Dane Terry plays the piano thunderously as the cast runs around him.

2015.06.03_Yoshiko.242A dancer proves that gravity isn’t for everyone.

2015.06.03_Yoshiko.256Dane Terry playing piano as Yoshiko Chuma moves towards audience with visuals complimenting the scene.

2015.06.03_Yoshiko.280Yoshiko Chuma talks about a political issue as the other cast members participate in the discussion.

2015.06.03_Yoshiko.293Cast members take their well deserved ‘Curtain Call’ after the show.

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ARTISTS:
Yoshiko Chuma – Megumi Eda – Saori Tsukada – Ryuji Yamaguchi – Nobuko Higuchi – Miriam Parker – Lance Gries – Christopher McIntyre – Kit Fitzgerald – Dane Terry – Jason Kao Hwang – Jake Margolin – Nick Vaughan – Karl Leone – Lillie De – Gabriel Berry – Takashi Arai

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LaMama Coffeehouse Chronicles #125 – Yoshiko Chuma & The School of Hard Knocks

Yoshiko Chuma & The School of Hard Knocks

Coffeehouse Chronicles #125 – April 25th, 2015

Celebrating the work of Yoshiko Chuma & The School of Hard Knocks

Moderator for the evening was Gayle Tufts.

A ‘free’, interactive, educational series exploring the history and development of Off-Off Broadway from its inception within the Village ‘coffeehouse theatres’ of the 1960’s through today. Part artist portrait, part history lesson, part community forum.

Here are a few photographs from the evening’s event.

Brian Moran does an improv dance piece.Brian Moran (one of the original members of School of Hard Knocks)performs a dance improv.

2015.04.25_Chuma.323Moderator Gayle Tufts and Yoshiko do a little duo together.

Yoshiko Chuma slyly approaches the microphone.Yoshiko Chuma slyly approaches the microphone.

Deborah Jowitt reads during the panel discussion.Panel #1 – Left to Right: Yoshiko Chuma, Gayle Tufts, Deborah Jowitt, Brian Moran, Lori E. Seid.

Deborah Jowitt talks about her experiences watching Yoshiko Chuma over the years.

Brian Moran talks about his time performingBrian Moran talks about his time performing with Yoshiko Chuma and The School of Hard Knocks.

2015.04.25_Chuma.147Yoshiko talks about her work with the company in the early days of it’s formation.

2015.04.25_Chuma.176Lori E. Seid talks about her time working with the company as lighting designer and stage manager.

Ursula Eagly talks about her time with YoshikoUrsula Eagly talks about her time with Yoshiko using a powerpoint presentation.

2015.04.25_Chuma.191Ursula’s powerpoint was very informative as what countries Yoshiko had worked in and the people she worked with.

Gayle Tufts and Bob FlyntGayle Tufts talks with photographer/painter Bob Flynt about his photographs of Yoshiko and the company.

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PANEL #2 – Allyson Green, Elise Bernhardt and Gabriel Berry.

Allyson GreenAllyson Green talks about Yoshiko’s work and it’s impact on her.

Elise BernhardtElise Bernhardt talks about her inspiration from Yoshiko’s work.

Gabriel BerryGabriel Berry discusses her work making costumes for Yoshiko and the company.

2015.04.25_Chuma.253Yoshiko Chuma and Robert Black perform a duo with his bass.

2015.04.25_Chuma.259Robert Black behind Yoshiko in their duo.

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PANEL #3 – Jodi Melnick, Ursula Eagly and Mizuo Peck. (no photos)

2015.04.25_Chuma.317Gayle Tufts talks to the audience about her work performing in Germany/Austria.

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During the evening their were photographs of Yoshiko Chuma’s early performance days by Dona Ann McAdams, a scene from a film by Jacob Burckhardt (It Don’t Pay to be an Honest Citizen)1984

VIDEOS

 

During the panel discussion Deborah Jowitt reads excerpts from her reviews and experiences watching Yoshiko Chuma & The School of Hard Knocks.
Brian Moran talks about his early days working with Yoshiko Chuma &The School of Hard Knocks.

Recollections and remembrances of working with Yoshiko Chuma & The School of Hard Knocks by Lori E. Seid.
Introduced by Gayle Tufts. Part of the LaMama Etc series.

An example of the dance work done by Yoshiko Chuma & School of Hard Knocks is demonstrated by dancer Megumi Eda in a short solo piece.

During the evening Yoshiko Chuma and Robert Black engaged in an improv with nothing but his bass and bow and Yoshiko's dancing.
Nicky Paraiso sings and Dane Terry and Nicky do a piano relay.

One of the talents Gayle Tufts has is singing. Here she sings a song she wrote.
Accompanied by Nicky Paraiso on the piano and Robert Black on Bass.

Part of the Coffehouse Chronicles #125.
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Old School 122 Benefit – First Night – June 22, 2011

Every Waking Hour We Weave

The First Night Celebration and Conclusion of 30th Anniversary of PS122.

The Grand Finale of the physical space that PS122 has utilized for the last 30 years as a performance space.

Vallejo Gantner – Artistic Director of Performance Space 122 gets the show going!

Ms’s for the evening: David White and Julie Atlas Muz

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The TEAM

Performing an excerpt of their show “Mission Drift”.

The cast of The TEAM taking their curtain call.

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JOHN FLECK
A video excerpt: Johnny’s Got a Gun

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OKWUI OKPOKWASILI

Okwui Okpokwasili reads from her letters as a young girl.

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JEFF MCMAHON

Jeff McMahon reaches for the stars in his wonderful literary work KNOW HIM.

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YOSHIKO CHUMA

Working with a small flashlight and projections she captured the audience so thoroughly.

A wonderful dancer and political activist.

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YVONNE MEIER

Yvonne Meier with Arturo Vidich and Aki Sasamoto moving to absurd verbal scores.

Bizarre verbal scores for the two dancers Arturo Vidich and Aki Sasamoto.

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LeeSaar The Company

A delightful work with dancers.

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Temporary Distortion

‘Americana Kamikaze’ revealed a humourous look at relationships and their verbal manifestations.

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PENNY ARCADE

A Brief History of my Life at Performance Space 122 (Or how I survive being an original and innovative artist past the age of 40)

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NICK PARAISO

Asian Boy alone at last (finally) farewell to old school nights.

The text is by Jeff Weiss and Nicky Paraiso

Part minstrel and cabaret singer. Nick Paraiso belted out emotional songs like it was his last.

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THURSTON MOORE and JOHN ZORN

Julia Atlas Muz gets her iphone shot with John Zorn before the music starts.

Thurston Moore and John Zorn made ‘Beneficial music’ for the audience.

The next post will be the LAST performance at PS122 as we know it now!

Stay tuned for more visual mayhem.

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