We ask ourselves: how do we make theatre in a pandemic? The answer is in our roots – site-specific theatre – because this work is in our bones. We know how to do this.
WHAT WE’RE UP TO
From not knowing when we’d next be able to gather in person to culminating in TWO live in-person events in May 2021, 2021 has been a whirlwind year for En Garde Arts. With the theatres shuttered across New York City, En Garde Arts returned to our roots and embarked upon site-specific productions that enabled us to create during the time of Covid – A Dozen Dreams and Downtown Live. Through envisioning productions that used New York City as our stage, we reminded the people of NYC why we love our cultural capital. And this fall we’re bringing back our beloved Fandango for Butterflies (and Coyotes)
- En Garde Arts 2021 GALA
UPDATE: Due to Covid cases in our company and in order to ensure the safety of our beloved audience, the Gala has been postponed to October 24. We hope you can still join us.
Sunday, October 24
Attend the October 24, 2021 Gala:
Can’t attend? Make a donation instead:
Gifts of $50+ receive link to watch via live stream.
Honoring Kathleen & Henry Chalfant and José Parlá:
Kathy and Henry Chalfant have lived together and worked as artists in New York City since 1973; Kathy as an actor and Henry as a sculptor, photographer and filmmaker.
José Parlá is a Brooklyn-based Cuban-American contemporary artist well-known for his large-scale paintings.
Sunday, October 24, 2021
St. Ann & the Holy Trinity Church
157 Montague St, Brooklyn, NY 11201
6:00 PM – Reception, with drinks and light meal (OUTDOORS weather pending)
7:15 PM – Honoree Presentation
8:00 PM – Performance of Fandango for Butterflies (and Coyotes)
9:30 PM – Individual dessert boxes will be distributed post-show
Attend the October 24, 2021 Gala:
Can’t attend? Make a donation instead:
Benefit Ticket Pricing:
$1,000 — VIP Tickets: Includes listing in gala playbill; a private garden reception to meet the honorees with specialty cocktail at 6:00PM; main reception & honoree presentation; benefit performance of Fandango for Butterflies (and Coyotes); post-performance dessert and dancing
$500 — Regular Gala Tickets: Includes the 6:00PM pre-show reception with hors d’oeuvres, honoree presentation; benefit performance of Fandango for Butterflies (and Coyotes); and the post-performance dessert and dancing
$150 — Performance & Dessert Tickets: Join for the benefit performance of Fandango for Butterflies (and Coyotes) at 8:00PM, followed by the post-show dancing and individual dessert box.
Can’t attend but would like to make a contribution in the honorees’ name?
For donations of $50 and above, donors will be sent a link to watch the gala virtually on Oct. 24th (streaming to begin approx. 8:00PM)
20% of the contributions made in José Parlá’s name will be made to the charity of his choice helping artists recover from Covid-19.
Contributions are fully tax-deductible to the extent of the law.
Kathleen Chalfant: NY THEATRE: Angels in America (Tony and Drama Desk nom.), Racing Demon, A Woman of the World, Wit (Drama Desk, Lucille Lortel, Outer Critics Circle, Drama League, Obie Awards), A Walk in the Woods (Drama Desk nom.), Talking Heads (Obie Award), FILM: Isn’t it Delicious?, R.I.P.D., In Bed With Ulysses, Lillian, Duplicity, Lackawanna Blues, Laramie Project TELEVISION Recurring on “The Affair,” “The Americans,” “House of Cards,” “Rescue Me,” “The Book of Daniel,” “The Guardian,”; “Madam Secretary,”AWARDS: 2004 Lortel Award for Sustained Excellence of Performance, 2015 Lifetime Achievement Award from the League of Professional Women. 2018 OBIE Award for Lifetime Achievement.
Henry Chalfant: Is best known for his photography and film documentation urban youth culture. Over a period of a decade, beginning in 1976, Chalfant dedicated himself to capturing on film the art that young New Yorkers were creating on the Transit system in spite of their marginal existence in the nearly bankrupt city. His photographs of New York’s subway paintings record hundreds of ephemeral art works that have long since vanished.
José Parlá: Parlá (born 1973) studied at Miami Dade Community College, New World School of the Arts and Savannah College of Art & Design. Solo institutional exhibitions of Parla’s work have been organized at The Bronx Museum of the Arts, NewYork City, Istanbul74’ a project of the Istanbul Biennial (2019); HOCA Foundation, Hong Kong (2019); Neuberger Museum of Art, NY, NY (2018); SCAD Museum of Art, Savannah, GA (2017); National YoungArts Foundation, Miami, FL (2016); The High Museum of Art, Atlanta, GA (2015)Select group exhibitions and biennials featuring his work include the Beyond The Streets, New York exhibition (2019); Glasstress (2019); collateral exhibition of the Venice Biennial, U-M Museum of Art University of Michigan (2017); Neuberger Museum of Art, Purchase, New York; (2016) Van Every/Smith Galleries, Davidson College, NC (2016); and The Havana Biennial, Havana, Cuba (2012). Parlá’s work is in several public collections including, Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM); The British Museum, London, United Kingdom; The Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY, POLA Museum of Art, Hakone, Japan; The Neuberger Museum of Art, Purchase, New York; El Espacio, Miami, Florida and The National Museum of Fine Arts, Havana, Cuba.
Permanent Public Arts projects include commissions by the University of Texas at Austin (2018); ONE World Trade Center, New York (2015); North Carolina State University’s Hunt Library in collaboration with Snøhetta, Raleigh, NC (2013); Barclays Center, Brooklyn, NY (2012) Brooklyn Academy of Music, BAM Fisher (2012); and Concord City Place, Toronto, Canada (2010).
Featuring the return of the acclaimed performance
Fandango for Butterflies (and Coyotes), which opened to New York audiences in February of 2020 and was shut down in the midst of their five borough tour due to de pandemic, is returning to New York City for one week only. During the Gala, we will witness the very special first show of this mesmerizing theatrical piece.
Written by Andrea Thome, who won the 2021 New York Community Trust’s Helen Merrill Award for Playwriting.
This compelling show about a group of undocumented immigrants coming together on the evening of an ICE raid, played to sold out houses and received critical acclaim. Created by an all Latinx team, it tells the story of the undocumented seeking solace in one another’s company through participating in a fandango, a celebration of music and dance. The production is presented in both Spanish and English with supertitles.
Jose Solis who wrote a feature and a review for the NY Times said, “The very core of my soul was stirred.“
Covid Safety Measures
- Vaccinations will be required for audience members, as well as performers, backstage crew, and theatre staff.
- Under the policy, guests will need to be fully vaccinated with an FDA or WHO authorized vaccine in order to attend the Gala and must show proof of vaccination at their time of entry. “Fully vaccinated” means the performance date must be at least 14 days after the second dose of a two-dose COVID-19 vaccine, or at least 14 days after a single-dose COVID-19 vaccine.
- Exceptions are being made for children under 12 and people with a medical condition or closely held religious belief that prevents vaccination. These guests must provide proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within 72 hours of the performance start time, or a negative COVID-19 antigen test taken within 6 hours of the performance start time.
- Masks will also be required to watch the performance.
Support our Mission
En Garde Arts creates, produces and presents bold theatre experiences that reach across artistic, physical and social boundaries. We aim to increase empathy and open-mindedness by illuminating nuanced perspectives and unspoken truths behind the salient issues of our time. By bringing together artistic teams with non-arts partners from the outset, and merging seasoned theatre-goers with new audiences, En Garde Arts sparks dialogue among people not normally in conversation, both in New York and beyond.