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The New Victory Blog is a place to learn more about New York's theater for families and the shows we produce. Find out what we do and what we're passionate about—exploring the arts as a family.
 
  1. How did you learn to do that?
  2. What was your inspiration for creating this show?
  3. How do you feel when you are dancing in front of an audience?
  4. Were you able to relate to the character you played?
Talk-Back
A Talk-Back with Acrobuffos at the New Vic!
After seeing a performance at The New Victory Theater, people often have questions! If your family is insatiably curious, come to performances with a Talk-Back scheduled after the show to get your questions answered. This post-show program is another one of the opportunities The New Victory offers to let you and your family deepen your awe and understanding of the performing arts. Join in the fun of exploring the art forms presented on our stage by sticking around and literally get your hands in the air and engage with the artists or other guests involved in the story. The artists that come to The New Victory Theater are always excited to share more about their artistic process, their inspiration and their training—and can't wait to hear your questions.

 

Fly Talk-Back
The men whose true story inspired Fly take part in a special Talk-Back at the New Vic!
 

As you may know, most of our companies are from around the world, so this year you could talk to musicians from Tanzania, actors from France or jugglers from Sweden, to name a few! Whenever possible, we also encourage the performers to demonstrate a dance move, show how the puppet is made or bring a magical prop back on stage for a closer look. We schedule Talk-Backs throughout the season to give you a chance to get to know our artists better. If you are coming to Oh Boy, X or Julius Caesar, there will be a Talk-Back after every show so that everyone has a chance to discuss the rich themes in these complex shows.

Talk-Backs are always led by our New Victory Teaching Artists, all New York City-based artists. The Teaching Artists guide the conversation and give additional context from their own artistic experiences. Any curious audience member—no matter their age—is encouraged to ask a question and the Teaching Artists help ensure that even the smallest raised hands have a chance to have their curiosity satisfied. We hope that Talk-Backs demystify the art form and help audiences both understand the artists and the way they created each show. Learning about the hard work and inspiration only makes the final product more memorable! 

Hear what people are saying about the New Vic Talk-Back experience!
 

Talk-Back Audience
Kids and adults are encouraged to ask questions at Talk-Backs!
"The Talk-Back after the performance was wonderful." 

Charlene G.


"The Talk-Back was a big thumb's up...Thank you. We are always grateful for your programming!"

Dee P.

"The Talk-Back was extraordinary. It dded another important layer to the performance because the technical aspect and the craftsmanship and puppetry skills were revealed. It was fascinating."

—  Sharon H.

"The Talk-Back was very good...and the director was very giving and informative!"

Marybeth S.

"The aftershow Talk-Back was a big treat! It was a wonderful experience for whole family. It did not feel like we were in the middle of Times Square, it felt like a small town theater. Thank you!"

Adrianne W.


What to expect at a Talk-Back
— Stay in the theater a bit after the show.
— If you're sitting further back, feel free to move closer into empty seats.
— Discuss question ideas with your family.
— Raise your hand and ask your questions!

So come join us after select performances and deepen your families' theater experience — the New Vic way!

Make sure to check our calendar to see when Talk-Backs take place. Talk-Backs are marked with this symbol


 
Facebook Can't make a Talk-Back but have a burning question for the artists? Post it on our Facebook page anytime during the show's run and we'll do our best to get it answered for you!
 
Posted by Beth Henderson

 

Catch Me Arts Express
Hula hooping during Catch Me's Arts Express. Photo: Alexis Buatti-Ramos

"What do most Nobel Laureates, innovative entrepreneurs, artists and performers, well-adjusted children, happy couples and families, and the most successfully adapted mammals have in common? They play enthusiastically throughout their lives."
—Stuart Brown, Institute of Play

The New Victory Theater is dedicated to creating opportunities for you and your family to play together. We invite you to share a giggle, try some new moves and deepen your awe and understanding of the performing arts by participating in our celebrated public engagement programs with your family. With every visit to the theater, join in the fun of exploring the art forms presented on our stage. Our lobbies aren't just a place to wait for the show to start—they're an important part of your family's trip to the New Vic.

Have you ever attended an Arts Express event? In order to encourage play in every family's life and deepen the experience of seeing live performance, The New Victory Theater began the Arts Express program during our 2012-13 season. Led by New Victory Teaching Artists, audience members participate in arts-based activities based on the shows on our stage. For the past four years, families have participated before shows to learn more about the pieces they were about to see. This year, you may find yourself learning a magic trick after seeing Jason Bishop: Straight Up Magic, testing out your juggling skills before seeing Water on Mars, or playing with puppets after Mr. Popper’s Penguins. Whether it's for five minutes or one hour, families can explore each and every activity up until the show begins. 

 

Pedal Punk Arts Express
Pedal Punk's Arts Express. Photo: Alexis Buatti-Ramos
See what our audiences are saying! 
 
"We had so much fun with the Teaching Artists. A great new way to digest the various art forms on stage." - Stacey R

"The activities prior to the show were really instrumental in helping children acclimate to the space in a fun way as well as help them relate to what they would eventually see in the upcoming show. My children as well as my husband and I really enjoyed the whole experience. " - Shannon W.

"The activities before the show were terrific! They were fun and really engaged the kids as they watched the show in understanding how much expertise the performers had gained." - Michele C.

"As part of the show, during intermission kids could try to do tricks similar to the ones in the show. They loved it and felt they experienced the performance themselves, and how hard tricks were. " - Lucilla I.R.

"Everyone was welcoming and the pre-show games were so fun! Our shy little boy was right in the mix with all the kids giggling away." - Gail I.

 

Magic Flute Arts Express
Playing the marimba at The Magic Flute's Arts Express. Photo: Alexis Buatti-Ramos
Some things will always stay the same:
—The Arts Express events are led by our fabulous Teaching Artists who are professional artists in NYC and who teach throughout New York City. 
—The Arts Express events are FREE for ticketholders.
—The Arts Express events are created with your family in mind–each activity is for you and your child to participate in and enjoy together! 

But for our 2016-17 Season, there will be a few exciting changes to the Arts Express program. 
—We have more Arts Express events than ever before! 
—Arts Express events are now being offered PRE-show (from 60 minutes before show time) or POST-show (until 60 minutes after show time). Check the calendar icons for select dates and times.

To see if your show has an Arts Express performance before or after it, look below and visit our website!

The Pre-Show Arts Express, represented by  on the calendar. 
Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea
Mother Africa: My Home
Water on Mars
The Aging Magician
Nivell's War


The Post-Show Arts Express, represented by  on the calendar.  
Mr. Popper's Penguins
Jason Bishop: Straight Up Magic
Elephant & Piggie's We Are in a Play!
Grug and the Rainbow

 
New Victory Thumb Want to get in on the fun? Join us for Arts Express or any of the other shows during the 2016-17 Season
 
Posted by Beth Henderson
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