nyc-etc: the new victory theater

April 3rd, 2017
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Noah and I experienced a truly wonderful performance yesterday,  and with spring break coming up I thought some of you might want to take advantage!

“Something” – playing now, through April 16th at the New Victory Theater – is a contemporary cirque show from Milan, Italy.

photo courtesy of The New Victory Theater, image credit: Nicola Scarmagnani

The show incorporates dance, theater and physical comedy in the format of 13 choreographed vignettes. The seven performers create silly, beautiful, surreal scenes out of everyday life – reading a book, playing cards, getting dressed in the morning – through a combination of dance, aerial acts and straight-up clowning.

photo courtesy of The New Victory Theater, image credit: Giovanni Chiodini

“Something” is the creation of director Davide Agostini, who founded the theater company Liberi Di…Physical Theater in 2007. Since the show’s launch in 2014 it has grown, changed and evolved – with new music, costumes and props. But, according to Mr. Agostini, “we always go back to the original idea: you can make very day extraordinary and find ‘something’ that makes you feel better. If you don’t find it, just invent it!”.

The show was an absolute joy, and Noah loved every minute. And the experience reminded me that true entertainment can be appreciated by children in a form other than a screen or video monitor.

photo courtesy of The New Victory Theater, image credit: Alessio Amato

It was our first time at The New Victory Theater and it will not be our last. The theater is committed to bringing high quality performing arts to families, at truly affordable ticket prices. It brings live performances to more than 200 New York City schools, after-school programs and day camps, reaching over 40,000 school kids each year. For just $2 a ticket, these kids can experience the performing arts – often for the very first time.

The theater is truly family-friendly – with activities and games available both before and after the performances in their “Try This” room. Children can do puzzles, create shadow art and access props to create their own “shows”. Though we do so much with Noah, and try to expose him as much as possible to the culture that the city has to offer, taking him to see live performances is something I want to do more of. This will be the perfect place to start!

Note: I was not compensated for this post. The New Victory Theater kindly gifted us 2 tickets to “Something”; all comments and opinions are – as always – completely my own.

3 Responses to “nyc-etc: the new victory theater”

  • We’ve aged out of the New Victory Theater but have taken the girl many times on our NYC trips! Always fun and a great introduction to live theater.

    Of course her “real” introduction was at 2 1/2 seeing Christopher Plummer read Jacob Two Two and the Hooded Fang at Stratford. (“Now there’ll be this old man on the stage telling a story and it’s going to be so much fun!”) <—–advance prep

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