LABA Second Stage 2018

LABA is a cultural incubator, helping our fellows develop new art inspired by Jewish texts. LABA Second Stage provides an opportunity for artists to further develop their work. In 2018, three LABA alumni brought their projects back to the 14th Street Y.

Keren Moscovitch’s One More Way: Revolt!

Multi-disciplinary artist Keren Moscovitch’s fascinating installation One More Way: Revolt! is a multi-channel, site-specific video installation that re-imagines a living text through performance and communal interpretation of intimate dialogue. 

© Basil Rodericks 2018

Hadar Ahuvia’s Everything You Have Is Yours?

In the piece, performers mirror the dance steps of archival footage and instructional videos to reveal the subtext of Israeli folk dancing. The intention is to explore ideas of cultural appropriation while at the same time making explicit the Otherness at the kernel of Israeli identity. Other Hadar highlights: a Bessie nomination for Outstanding Breakout Choreographer, and an interview in the New York Times.

© Basil Rodericks 2018

Michael Leibenluft’s Salesman之死

Salesman之死 is a theatrical response to Arthur Miller and Ying Ruocheng’s production of Death of a Salesman at the Beijing People’s Art Theater in 1983. As a director working regularly in both China and the U.S., Leibenluft wanted to bring together like-minded bilingual theater artists for a conversation about cultural and linguistic translation.

© Amy Zhang