La MaMa Kids Shows: Dance, Mask Work & Puppet Making

LA MAMA KIDS is a series of creative workshops and performances for the young and the young at heart. Master artists from La MaMa perform family friendly shows and teach theatre crafts in workshops that encourage imaginative play and hands-on learning.

Children and adults learn the basics of storytelling, dance, mask, puppet-making, and more! Fun for the whole family!


Saturday, October 14, 2017 at 2pm
Akmani | Meeting Through Story, Puppetry, & Dance
The Downstairs

Distance Workshop with Ping Chong + Company, CultureHub & Alaska Native Heritage Center; with Gary Upay’aq Beaver (Central Yup’ik), Ryan Conarro, Justin Perkins

This special distance connection gives young people an experience of storytelling forms from the wider world beyond New York City! NYC youth meet Ping Chong + Company artists from the La MaMa production ALAXSXA | ALASKA, and connect with diverse artists and young people from Alaska Native Heritage Center in Anchorage. "Akmani" in Yup'ik means "over there across a great distance"; youths in this session will explore puppetry and indigenous drum and dance as means for fostering mutual understanding. For children 7 & up.

Alaska Native Heritage Center artists share traditional storytelling approaches from Anchorage. In New York, Yup'ik artist Gary Upay’aq Beaver shares his ancient dance form, and puppeteers Ryan Conarro and Justin Perkins offer playful approaches to puppetry--all inspired by ALAXSXA | ALASKA. CultureHub provides the connection - a center for art and technology connecting communities around the world.

Saturday, November 18, 2017 at 11am
Creativity for Kids | Connect Through Play
Ellen Stewart Lobby

As a teaching artist, Leah Lawrence offers drama classes that enable children to strengthen their performance skills and their ability to work collaboratively in a group.

In this LaMaMa kids workshop, we will play theater games, sing, move, and act out stories in a safe and fun environment. As it is the week of Thanksgiving, all of our creative games and exercises will focus on the theme of giving thanks.

Saturday, December 16, 2017 at 11am
Winter Wonderland Performance and After Party
The Downstairs

La MaMa Family will weave their magic and excitement for La MaMa’s End of Year celebration event – a fun-filled immersive performance by La MaMa resident artists. Site-specific performances interweave throughout the Annex building, each piece inspired by the theme of ‘Winter Wonderland’. Embracing puppetry, storytelling, dance, music and theatre, this is a unique holiday event for the whole family, all ages encouraged!

This event will be followed by a La MaMa Kids end of year celebration.

Saturday, January 27, 2018 at 11am
Framed: The Mother Goose Chronicles
The Downstairs

A new children’s puppet piece created by La MaMa Resident Artist Jane Catherine Shaw.

LA MAMA KIDS including a show by Heather Henson and Ty Defoe in February; Jane Catherine Shaw back with a new puppet performance in September; Winter Wonderland, a site-specific holiday performance in December; an adaptation of Don Quixote by Loco 7 Dance Puppet Theatre, directed by Federico Restrepo in April; Perry Yung and Slant Performance Group’s Family Play Date in June as well as workshops throughout the season by artists such as Potri Ranka Manis and CultureHub.

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