Chocolate Factory Theater Announces 2019-2020 Season

Featuring 10 Commissioned Premieres and 8 supported Creative Residencies including partnerships with Abrons Arts Center, Baryshnikov Arts Center, BAAD! The Bronx Academy of Arts and Dance, Fusebox Festival (Austin, TX), and Knockdown Center.

As The Chocolate Factory continues Phase 1 renovations of its new permanent facility in Long Island City, Queens, its 2019 / 2020 season will take place at a combination of partner venues and site specific locations, with 3 premieres and 8 creative residences taking place at its current rented facility at 5-49 49th Avenue (though the organization's lease expired in May 2019, a last-minute one year extension was secured).

The Chocolate Factory Theater exists to encourage and support performing artists in their process of inquiry. We engage with a community of artists who challenge themselves and, in doing so, challenge us. We believe that by supporting the labor of artists and the public presentation of their work, we contribute to elevating New York City as a thriving and more equitable marketplace of ideas.

The Chocolate Factory embraces artistic practice as an integral part of the artist's whole life, an essential component of the life of our community and a key element of a larger national and international artistic dialogue. As such, we host artists as our equal partners with shared autonomy, trust and appreciation.

Since its founding in 2005, The Chocolate Factory Theater has supported the development and presentation of new work by a community of local, national and International Artists working in dance, theater, performance, and multimedia. The Chocolate Factory's programs have drawn many thousands of new visitors to its 5,000 square foot industrial facility in Long Island City, Queens. In July 2017, the organization purchased a permanent facility in the neighborhood.

The Chocolate Factory is artist founded and artist led. Its Artistic Director, Brian Rogers, continues to create and present his own work at The Chocolate Factory while providing support to a close-knit community of forward-thinking visiting artists working at all stages of their careers.

Works commissioned by The Chocolate Factory have received numerous Bessie and Obie Awards and have toured nationally and internationally. The Chocolate Factory provides substantial commissioning support to the artists it presents. Artists are given the keys (literally) and enjoy a remarkable degree of flexibility. We give dedicated multi-week creative residencies and pay every lead artist and performer a weekly salary on the books; and we provide high-quality video documentation of every work (by Peter Richards) which can be viewed online in their entirety at vimeo.com/chocolatefactory.

Unless otherwise noted, tickets to all performances are $20 and may purchased online at chocolatefactorytheater.org or by calling 212-352-3101.

Photo by Ian Douglas



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