This week


June 1, 2014 to September 30, 2014

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:

Michael "Quess?" Moore

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Starring Denis O'Hare September 27, 2014 to September 28, 2014

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.

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Meshell Ndegeocello

October 10, 2014

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.

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Sam Green & Yo La Tengo: ‘The Love Song of R. Buckminster Fuller’

November 7, 2014

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.

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Rude Mechanicals

November 19, 2014 to November 22, 2014

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.

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Sidra Bell Dance New York

December 5, 2014 to December 6, 2014

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.

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Arturo Sandoval

January 23, 2015

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.

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The Grand Parade

(of the 20th Century) March 20, 2015 to March 22, 2015

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.

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Joey Arias

April 17, 2015

In celebration of Billie Holiday’s 100th birthday, New York cabaret and drag icon Joey Arias channels the trailblazing vocalist and jazz legend in a spectacle of old-Hollywood Big Band glamour.

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Past Events