Abrons Arts Center Announces Spring 2018 Performance Season + Special Discount on Classes! (Sponsored)

Abrons Spring Season 2018

Let’s be honest; 2017 was a strange year. And as 2018 unfolds before us, we have an opportunity to consider our current realities and commit to action. At Abrons, we make space for artists to contemplate challenging ideas, excavate nuance and envision futures we cannot yet imagine. Come to Abrons this season and allow the courageous imaginations of artists to inspire you!

-Craig Peterson, Artistic Director

Explore Abrons’ full season of shows and performances, and check out our schedule of music, dance, theater, and visual arts classes for youth, teens, and adults.

LoDown readers get a special 20% discount on classes with the code LODOWN2018!

Upcoming Shows at Abrons Arts Center:

Compagnie L’Heliotrope
With Jim Fletcher and Brigit Huppuch, co-presented with the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in NY
In this play, acclaimed French playwright Fabrice Melquiot highlights how it is impossible to fully understand the brilliance and madness of Jackson Pollock without studying his marriage to artist Lee Krasner.

Modesto Flako Jimenez & Oye Group
¡Oye! For My Dear Brooklyn
Brooklyn impresario Modesto Flako Jimenez conjures his beloved borough in this bilingual elegy, told through poems, projections, and music.

Stein | Holum Projects
The Wholehearted
Spectators have a ringside seat for this “dazzling tour-de-force” (Los Angeles Times), a blood pumping revenge tragedy and intimate tribute to lost love.

Eliza Bent
Aloha, Aloha or When I Was Queen
Writer and performer Eliza Bent uses a home movie as a forensic document and as a jumping off point to lead audiences on a journey that grapples with personal history, legacy, and cultural appropriation.

See the Whole Season »

New Classes at Abrons Arts Center:

Abrons offers classes for art makers of all ages and every level of creative development. We nurture risk taking, boldness, and experimentation, and embrace curiosity. Participants are encouraged to construct meaningful responses and collaborate while thinking critically.
Come make something new. Tuition is based on a sliding scale.

The code LODOWN2018 gets you 20% off spring classes!

Youth and Teen Classes:

Ages 14 – 18
Saturdays | 3 – 4:30PM
This weekly class covers the basic movements of Dancehall, a style of dance originated in Jamaica. Students will contextualize the dance form by providing a history of the dance and culture.

Ages 9 – 13
Saturdays | 12 – 1 PM
Using the mythology and creation stories of ancient cultures, students will create an original work of theater through writing, improvisation and devised scene work. Engage with the creation mythology of ancient cultures, including the Greeks and Egyptians.

Adult Classes:

February 20 – April 24
Thursdays | 6:30 – 8 PM
Dive into the rich culture of Cuban dance while combining unique musicality with rhythmic steps and partner work. Learn the origins of Palladium and Salsa styles. Explore the richness and depth of Cuban popular music from Danzon to Timba.

February 13 – April 2
Tuesdays | 6– 8 PM
A class designed for PoC playwrights and theater makers who want to be rigorous with each other and delve deep into a writing practice without having to silence their truths or imagination to systemic and institutionalized white supremacist thinking.

See the Full Class Schedule »

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(Sponsored) Abrons Arts Center’s Fall Classes Offer Something For Everyone

The sun-drenched dance studio at the Abrons Arts Center is one of Anna Courter’s favorite places. For one thing, you can almost feel the rich history in this room, perched on the top floor of the Henry Street Settlement’s historic theater.  Since 1893, the organization has offered people on the Lower East Side instruction in dance, musical theater and the visual arts. Dance legend Martha Graham once taught classes at Abrons.

Anna, who’s the center’s performing arts training manager, loves being part of this legacy.  But what really makes her light up is talking about the kids who will fill this space when Abrons’ Fall Semester begins next week.  Anna teaches creative movement (for 3-5 year old children), jazz and tap for older kids and oversees the Abrons Arts Center Dance Ensemble, a program for advanced students.

One of the things that distinguishes all of the classes is that each instructor is an accomplished professional. Anna, for example, is a dancer in the acclaimed Urban Ballet Theater.  She began taking dance classes at the age of five.  There are, of course, many different reasons students enroll.  Some aspire to be professional artists.

For a lot of other kids, Abrons classes are simply an enriching weekend or after school activity.   Anna says it’s incredibly rewarding seeing how children blossom, as they learn new skills and discover new ways of expressing themselves.  Her favorite day of the week is Saturday, when classes are in full swing, and the building comes alive with creative energy.

Registration for the fall semester is now open. There are classes available for all ages (from toddlers to seniors) and all skill levels.  You can look over the many course offerings on the Abrons Arts Center’s web site.  Register online or call 212-598-0400, ext. 200.