Lang theater productions are as varied as
our students. During one semester, students may focus on a classic
play, the next they'll be studying avant-garde styles or working with
guest directors to produce original contemporary work. They also have
opportunities to mount their own productions through student-organized
Conceived and directed by Zishan Ugurlu, Marathon Dancing—Letters to Wall Street in the Era of Wonderful Nonsense explores marathon dancing and applies it to the current economic crisis. An adaptation of Horace McCoy’s novel They Shoot Horses, Don’t They?,
the play also presents letters from Americans who, angered by unfair
treatment, wrote directly to executives and directors of large banks
after the crisis in 2008. Marathon Dancing portrays frustrated
citizens who are suffering from sudden financial ruin, which forces
violence that is directed both toward others as well as toward
ourselves, making us question if life should have some more dignity.
Fall 2013: Burn the End
Burn the End a play by Jimmy
Maize, is the story of punk poet, prophet, and angel in exile Arthur
Rimbaud. Rimbaud blazed a path of scandal through eighteenth-century
Paris, and singlehandedly changed the future of poetry, all before his
20th birthday. The play will venture inside the creative mind of this
"poet-genius" who lived fast, loved hard, died young, and changed art
through a "systematic derangement of the senses." Created from
documentary material, biography, poetry, and the music of Patti Smith.
Men have died from time to time and worms
have eaten them, but not for love. Directed by Cecilia Rubino, this
production is a classic ensemble version of William Shakespeare's As You Like It.
One Will Speak/The Other is Dead
is a new work written, directed, and designed by Kenneth Sean Collins,
the artistic director of Temporary Distortion. Inspired by August
Strindberg’s Damascus Trilogy, the nonlinear, looping performance
featured installation, video art, and live music.
The Judith of Shimoda draws on
historical events that occurred after Commodore Perry compelled Japan to
open to the West in 1854. The play was first performed in 2008 and has
been performed sparingly since. The piece examines the ways society
create and tear down its heroes.
Our Town by Thorton Wilder,
directed by Leon Ingulsrud and performed by Eugene Lang College
students, asks what can Thorton Wilder's classic about life in a small
New England town have to say to us in New York City in 2011? Is New York
City Our Town? Ultimately it is a play about the unchanging nature of
life and death and how the true beauty of life is in its smallest
From the Fire is a dramatic
oratorio created by the Tony-nominated composer Elizabeth Swados, writer
and director Cecilia Rubino, and poet Paula Finn, and designed by
Bonnie Roche-Bronfman. It recalls the 1911 Triangle Shirtwaist factory
fire and explores its relevance in the 21st century. The piece was
mounted and performed by Lang theater students at the historic Judson
Memorial Church on Washington Square (two blocks from the former factory
site) during the week of the fire's 100th anniversary, March 23-27,
2011. The production was then selected for performances at the 2011
Edinburgh Fringe Festival, where it won awards for Best Musical, Best
Music, and Best New Production. The work continues to receive awards and
This is the story of two theater groups mistakenly booked into the same theater for rehearsal, one is performing Secret Love, a serious contemporary drama; the other is performing the farce In Peach Blossom Land.
The two groups fight for the stage, and eventually resign to sharing
it. In between, chaos ensues, and a mysterious woman roams about the
theater searching for a man who may or may not exist. The action takes
place at the meeting point of modern Chinese politics, ancient visions,
tragedy, and rollicking comedy.
Lang Dance productions are a combination
of professional choreographed pieces and historic works staged with
students and original student choreography. Current artists in the field
are invited each semester to create or renew classic works with Lang
students. Exceptional student work developed in class is selected for
performances at both formal and informal events, open to family, friends
and the general public.
Twice each year, the department produces a student performance at New York Live Arts.
The performance is a culmination of a semester's work and showcases
choreography by faculty, students, and guest artists, in spring
including a new original work created by students or by a modern dance
luminary as part of our annual dance residency.
Every semester two exceptional examples
of student choreography are chosen to be exhibited at an evening of
student performances as part of the College Partnership Program. Besides
being able to publicly debut their work, selected students receive
valuable feedback from dance professionals. College Partnership
performances take place in leading institutions that promote
contemporary dance, such as Dance New Amsterdam or Live Arts NYC.
The Skybridge space is central to Lang's
visual arts program as a showcase for student and faculty work, visiting
artists' projects, and site-specific installations. This wall of a
third-floor walkway between buildings overlooks the lovely Vera List
courtyard. The space physically and conceptually links Eugene Lang
College with the rest of The New School.
The Skybridge Art and Sound Space is
curated by students in the the Skybridge Curatorial Courses, a series of
workshop/seminar classes offered each semester. It is a vibrant and
exciting series for visual studies and critical thinking. Students work
in several distinct aspects of management of the gallery space:
developing exhibition concepts, producing informational materials,
public relations, installation, and archiving. Field trips to museums
and art galleries and readings in curatorial practices enrich the
classes and provide background knowledge for exhibition projects. For more information about the Skybridge Curatorial courses, contact email@example.com.
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