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LABA Alumni Respond to OTHER: Andy Teirstein

TRANSLUCENT BORDERS By Andy Teirstein Composer Andy Teirstein is a 2014-2015 LABA alumnus. His work, inspired by the rich and diverse folk roots of modern culture, has been described by The New York Times and The Village Voice as “magical,”  “ingenious,” and “superbly crafted.” A student of Leonard Bernstein, Henry Brant, Bruce Saylor...

LABA-BA’s Tova Shvartzman on OTHERNESS

SHIBBOLET Tova Shvartzman for LABA Journal At this very moment I have a concrete experience of the Other. This current Other is the English language. It is not a friendly Other like a neighbor. It is an alien Other. I need to express myself in this foreign tongue to establish connections between creativity and work with...


Experience, study, dance, laugh and cry with LABA fellows, alum and collaborators while we spin LABA style at INTO THE NIGHT, downtown’s contemporary Tikkun Leil Shavuot. Check out the LABA offerings below and don’t miss the full program here. What is TIKKUN INTO THE NIGHT? Tikkun Leil Shavuot presented by Downtown...

Michael Leibenluft discusses “Salesman之死”

On Thursday, May 11th, LABAlive Three will present an evening of art works and subversive teachings exploring our annual theme, OTHER. The evening will feature teachings by LABA Scholar Ruby Namdar and works by fellows Laura Beatrix Newmark,  Elana Greenfield, and Michael Leibenluft who will present his theater work in progress, Salesman之死. Here, Leibenluft talks about his...



LABA: A Laboratory for Jewish Culture is a program of the 14th Street Y that uses classic Jewish texts to inspire the creation of art, dialogue and study.


Join us for LABAlive, our series of live events which feature cutting edge artwork and performances combined with provocative teachings.


Every year LABA selects a group of culture-makers to take part in our house of study. Learn more about this year’s fellows and our yearly theme OTHER.