Performance Lab

Performance Lab

Since its founding, On the Boards has hosted various performance series that allow local artists to share new works and works-in-progress. The name of these programs evolved over time — from Choreography, Etc. to Second Sunday Series, to 12 MINUTES MAX, a Performance Exhibition to Open Studio— but the idea remained the same: a series of experimental performances, collectively organized for audience members, and a community of artists who want to participate in the process of creating art.

What began as a dance program has shifted to include theater, music, film, installations, and much more. In the 18/19 Season OtB is relaunching this program and titling it Performance Lab, a quarterly series which will be curated by local artists and Charles Smith, Director of Program Management. Each series will have facilitated artist feedback along with an opportunity for each artist to discuss their performance with the audience. Additionally, the Performance Lab will be presented in both the Merrill Theater and the newly refreshed Studio Theater. 

Upcoming Performance Labs

Dec 15: Performance Lab

Application deadline: Nov 9 by 11:59 pm
Performance date: Sat, Dec 15, 3pm

This Performance Lab will be co-curated by artist Syniva Whitney and Charles Smith, Director of Program Management.

Click here to apply to the Dec 15 Performance Lab


Past Performance Labs

Sep 20: Performance Lab: In the Round
Featuring Meredith Pellon, Naomi Macalalad Bragin, WAREHAUS dance collective, and Hope Goldman 
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Choose your shows, dates, and times. The Pick-6 offers the greatest flexibility for art lovers! 

Tickets to all performances in the 18/19 Subscription series + all lectures for only $120

Oct 4-7: Don't miss this wide-ranging exploration of a fundamental choreographic form. Featuring 16 artists from the U.S. and Canada.