La MaMa’s 59th Season, “Breaking It Open,”explores how new work is created, performed and viewed in a global pandemic. Through La MaMa Residency Grants, Artist Residents will be given the time, space, and resources to make work using new creative tools and formats at the intersection of online and live theatre performance.
“For 58 years, La MaMa has presented 50-60productions a season in multiple theatres to nurture as many artists as possible, but Model is not synonymous with Mission,” said La MaMa Artistic Director Mia Yoo. “La MaMa’s mission was and still is to engage artists and further expand the boundaries and forms of the performing arts. We are not trying to replace in-person theatre. There will always be that, and we will always present live performance in a physical theatre space.However, we need to empower artists to experiment with new tools, reimagine existing forms and invent new mediums that tell stories and examine our humanity through artistic expression.”
LaMaMa’s creative community is uniquely positioned for this moment. With the theatres as broadcast studios and the artists’ work live streamed, the potential to experiment with audience configurations, and the innovative resources of LaMaMa’s immense family of experimental artists, La MaMa’s “Breaking It Open”season looks to the future with hope and anticipation for the daring work to come.