The DISTILLERY imagines what four New Orleans mid-career performing artists could achieve if provided local mentorship, national mentorship, rehearsal space, free public showings and a development stipend in a comprehensive three-month fellowship program at the Contemporary Arts Center.
The DISTILLERY fellowship captures dynamic processes utilized in the rehearsal room when engaging new creative disciplines. The DISTILLERY fosters an audience-driven critical dialogue that promotes a sustainable approach to making performance work in a constantly varying environment.
The 2014 DISTILLERY felows are:Read more →
The DISTILLERY Artist Residency program opens its doors to audiences via their free monthly Swap Meets: 15-20 minute performances by each participating fellow that showcase the artists’ process as it appears at early, mid, and late stages of development during the program.Read more →
The gods roar overhead as Obie Award-winner Lisa Peterson directs Tony Award-winner Denis O’Hare in a breathtakingly-relevant, modern retelling of Homer’s epic poem, The Iliad.Read more →
Singer-bassist Meshell Ndegeocello returns to New Orleans with her band to perform her critically-acclaimed new album, Comet, Come to Me—an introspective, unwavering look into memory, lost love, and human fallacies.Read more →
Accompanied by indie rock band Yo La Tengo, Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Sam Green narrates this live documentary on the life of R. Buckminster Fuller—neo-futuristic architect, systems theorist, author, designer, and inventor.Read more →
Genre-defying theater company Rude Mechanicals merges themes of evolutionary biology, murder mystery theater, and gaming with Now Now Oh Now, an interactive puzzle of a piece that calls to the inner nerd in us all.Read more →
Atmospheric and spectacular, Sidra Bell’s ReVUE—an explosion of sexuality, gender politics, and darkly fantastical themes—pushes societal boundaries and eludes traditional expectations of dance.Read more →
Trumpet legend Arturo Sandoval, Cuban-born protégé of Dizzy Gillespie and winner of ten GRAMMY Awards, six Billboard Awards, an Emmy Award, and the 2013 Presidential Medal of Freedom, appears for this one-night-only jazz performance featuring a selection of works from his five-decade career.Read more →
Internationally-renowned Ethiopian singer-songwriter turned bandleader Meklit Hadero delivers this soulful and provocative showcase of her most recent album We Are Alive—a passionate brew of jazz, folk, and East African influences.Read more →
Double Edge Theatre makes its regional debut with The Grand Parade—an amalgamation of movement, text, and fleeting images that evoke the mythology of the 20th century. Equal parts circus, vaudeville, and magical realism, this performance perfectly encompasses humanity’s simultaneous predilection towards creation and destruction in the pursuit of progress.Read more →