Nostalgia: A Toy Theatre Presentation
Nostalgia will reveal instances of love through stories based on imagined or remembered reality from members of Loco7's Sirovich Senior Center's community of artists. This presentation is made up of twelve unique short toy theatre pieces that the participants created around the theme of nostalgia and love. When we search for the meaning of love we often reflect on the people who touched our lives; we learn from our parents, siblings, children, community, friends, life partners, mentors, national and religious views.
This is the first part in Loco7's exploration of love told from the perspective of youth, seniors and middle aged artists. This intergenerational exploration will continue with various presentations, online and in person through December 2021. It will be an opportunity for broad sectors of the population to reflect upon their own values, and that of their family and global community through the power of love.
Studies in Puppet Form and Performance, conducted by Federico Restrepo, and in partnership with Sirovich Senior Center, introduced participants to the use of puppetry and storytelling. This creative process and development of work took place over a 3 month period through weekly online meetings.
Workshop Led and Directed by Federico Restrepo
Assistant Teaching Artist: Denise Greber
Featuring works by: Piedad Dickinson, Nora Glikman, Maria Grande, Megan Haungs, Dolores La Guardia, Toby Levine, Jesse Marsh, Chuck Macdonald, Ruth Tobacco, Laura Anne Walker, and Margaret Yuen.
Loco7 Dance Puppet Theatre Company, founded by Colombian born artist, Federico Restrepo in 1985, develops and promotes creative productions of Dance, Theatre, Puppets, Visual Arts, Media, Music and other forms of artistic expression. We aim to be a public association where artistic expression and cultural community meet. The company explores the junction of race, culture, history, and media in New York and throughout the global community.
Loco7’s cultural policies emphasize pluralism, dialogue, and cultural transformation. Loco7 is an organization that has been built on diversity and this is reflected in the history of work. Our audiences reflect our artists: they are multigenerational, multicultural, multiracial, and inclusive of all sexual and gender identities. We pay particular attention to the growing immigrant communities and support their efforts to engage within the community.
La MaMa Kids Program (2021-2022) is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Governor and the New York State Legislature, with additional support from The William C. Bullitt Foundation, Con Edison, Howard Gilman Foundation, The Jim Henson Foundation, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and The SQA Foundation.
La MaMa Kids
La MaMa Kids Online presents kids performances and hands-on workshops online, timed especially for “after school” viewing! La MaMa will continue to use emerging technologies to create a new venue for artistic expression that questions how art can function and how we as a society can survive challenging periods of history.