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At the Threshold of the Visible

“Every beginning is cheerful; the threshold is the place of expectation,” Goethe once noted. At any given performance, audiences are typically good-natured and generous at the start, eager for their expectations to be met. Beginnings are easy. Then comes that certain moment in a piece when one feels the audience swing — whether into disappointment, delight, contemplation, or bewilderment. It happens in the bat of an eye. Derek Brueckner’s “Collaborative Studio” exploits and extends this moment at the threshold.


A 'Radical' Act

Theatricality is a way of life in New Orleans — whether it’s the street performers along Decatur Street or your neighbors on Fat Tuesday, indeed all the world’s a stage in this fair city. “The evocative and provocative can be found on every street corner,” explained local theatre figure Jon Greene, the award-winning director behind Faustus, The Spider Queen, Sleeping Beauty, and The Musicians of Bremen. To further champion the city’s live performance culture, this week the theatre maker announced the launch of a new theatre and production collective, The Radical Buffoon(s). 


Taco Truck Theater Rolls On

By Christopher Louis Romaguera

Jose Torres-Tama is not shy about mixing activism with his art. The multi-disciplinary artist is a prominent figure, nationally and locally, beating the drum (sometimes literally) for immigrants’ rights. He will continue that crusade on May 15th at 4 p.m. with a performance of Taco Truck Theater/Teatro Sin Fronteras. The avant-garde project will offer a sneak peak into a work-in-progress chronicling the plight of the undocumented now and one potential consequence for the country in the future.

State of Undress: 2.17-2.21

By Angie Z.

My goodness, Kitties! Your calendar grows thicker and more luxurious every week! I hope you are rested up and ready for action, because we have some wonderful visitors from Minneapolis, Foxy Tann and RedBone. Both are veterans of the Burlesque Hall of Fame and are packing a whole lotta sass. Foxy Tann, or "The Boss Of Burlesque," will be in tow with her enowned "Hardcore Pasties" and over a decade of experience and knowledge. She has worn every hat you can think of in the burlesque and performing arts field and has been called a pioneer in the Neo-Burlesque movement.

Spring Lineup for Wednesday at the Square Drops

The next week of Carnival is sure to be a blur, but after the bleachers at Lafayette Square come down, a stage will go up. The Young Leadership Council (YLC) Wednesdays at the Square series is slated to return March 2nd. Today, organizers revealed the season’s schedule.

M83 To Light Up The Civic

Tired of waiting for the dawn to heal us? OK pal, M83 hears you. Electronic music favorites M83 announced the details of their next tour today. New Orleans’ Civic Theatre will host the opening show on April 6th.

Stalking the Razor's Edge

The Razor’s Edge Solo Performance Festival opened this weekend at the Faux/Real Festival with a full slate of one performer programming. NoDef checked out the offerings so you find somehting to your liking whether it is serious drama or sideshow.

Dionysus' Dance at the Marigny Opera House

By Alex MacDonald    

The performing arts in NOLA are not known as prudish, but this weekend one show will be taking hedonism back to its classical roots. On Friday, June (6.12) and Saturday (6.13), Dionysus brings his boozy brand of music and debauchery to the Marigny Opera House (725 St. Ferdinand Street).

Requiem & A Dream

LPO Says Farewell to Mahalia Jackson with Verdi's Masterwork

On Saturday (5.23) night, the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra (LPO) closed out both their season and their 10 year run at the Mahalia Jackson Theater in symbolic style. The orchestra joined by a sizable choir performed Giuseppe Verdi’s masterwork “Messa da Requiem.”

The Mad Scene

NOOA's Lucia Delivers Timeless Tale

The New Orleans Opera Association wanted to build a larger audience. So, they decided to use the BBC smash Downton Abbey as inspiration for their staging of Lucia de Lammermoor this weekend. The show was not overly evident in the production, but the audience found themselves looking at a big opera with a large, talented casts and classic staging. And, gauging from the rapturous applause, this may be the best way to excite a crowd.

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