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April 27, 2022

La MaMa’s Remake a World Gala

The Remake a World Gala will celebrate La MaMa’s global community: the artists and audiences who have long been part of our One World Vision. We hope you will join us in celebrating seven outstanding honorees whose work as global citizens speaks to our shared humanity.

This year marks La MaMa’s 60th Anniversary Season as a creative home for experimental artists. More than 1,500 artists will reach out to communities here and abroad to offer new perspectives, practices, and rituals that transcend geographic and political borders and acknowledge our shared responsibility to make a just world. Proceeds from the gala support these activities.

Our newly renovated landmark building at 74A East 4th Street will open this year. Artists and audiences will find spaces equipped with creative tools to inspire new work and to connect with audiences beyond the four walls of the theatre. In this renewed space, and in all our spaces, La MaMa supports an inclusive world view that acknowledges the interconnectedness of people everywhere.


HONORING: BELARUS FREE THEATER, BELARUS for pioneering an award-winning global model of activism that unites artistic, geopolitical, environmental and human rights concerns, using theatre to build a movement for democracy, human rights and artistic freedoms. BFT is the only theatre in Europe banned by its government on political grounds.

CECILE GUIDOTE ALVAREZ, PHILIPPINES for her work as founder of the Philippine Educational Theater Association, and her lifetime commitment of “cultural care giving” by providing free arts training to street children, the disabled, and Indigenous youth; she now serves as Executive Director of the National Committee for Culture and Arts.

RICHARD LANIER, UNITED STATES for his commitment to forging connections through cultural exchange over the course of his career, and his invaluable contributions to the global dialogue as president emeritus of the Asian Cultural Council and a founding trustee of the Trust for Mutual Understanding.

ALVARO RESTREPO, COLOMBIA for his passions for contemporary dance and social justice, founding Cartagena’s The School of the Body, with a unique interdisciplinary focus on respect for the body that cultivates dances while at the same time addressing topics ranging from human rights to sexuality to drug addiction.

BEKA VUCO, THE BALKANS/UNITED STATES for her work to support and encourage people to build a better, more just, and open democratic society in the Balkans and South Eastern Europe using arts, culture, and education through her organization My Balkans, and three decades of work with the Open Society Foundations.

DUK-HYUNG YOO, SOUTH KOREA for his significant contribution to the international understanding of Asian arts and his visionary commitment to using digital and emergent technologies to explore new forms of artmaking and cultural exchange across distance, creating a global network of artists and communities; that was the seed for what would become CultureHub.

SERHIY ZHADAN, UKRAINE for his work as an internationally recognized poet and novelist, a theater maker, and a revolutionary through on-the-ground action and establishment of the Serhiy Zhadan Charitable Foundation in 2017 to provide aid to the front-lines. Zhadan currently remains in Kharkiv to provide humanitarian aid in his hometown.

EVENING SCHEDULE AND LOCATIONS: 6:00pm (EST) Cocktails and 7:00pm (EST) Dinner, Tributes, and Entertainment in the Ellen Stewart Theatre at 66 East 4th Street. This will be a hybrid event with online participation opportunities.

Watch on Vimeo: REMAKE A WORLD GALA 2022