Room to Panic

Room to Panic is the final episode in a triptych theatrical work depicting, in movement and visual theater, the experience of immigration to America.

The triptych began in 2002 with a work entitled 9 Windows, in which nine episodic vignettes reveal a series of multi-media, live art paintings that depict the experience of being a displaced immigrant. Open Door, the second episode premiering in 2006, directly addressed the impact of the many new immigrants who now make up New York City.

Room to Panic is the journey of joy, fear, alienation and struggle that reveal the allure, pressures, disillusionment and rites of passage to achieve the American Dream, creating the new American culture.


New York, La MaMa ETC, Oct. 3 – Oct. 19.


The New York Times “In New Land, Still Haunted by the Old” by Anita Gates “Room to Panic”


Conceived and Created by Federico Restrepo and Denise Greber
Directed, Designed and Choreographed by Federico Restrepo
Music Composition by Elizabeth Swados
Text taken from Gate of the Sun by Elias Khoury

Puppet Design and Construction, Set, Video and Light Design by Federico Restrepo
Costume Design and Puppet Construction by Denise Greber
Musical Director Kris Kukul
Additional Music and Orchestrations by Kris Kukul, Heather Paauwe, Jon Siapno and Yukio Tsuji

Musicians: Heather Paauwe, Jon Siapno and Yukio Tsuji

Video Edit Design by Angela “Nena” Sierra and Federico Restrepo
Tent Design and Construction by Catarina Leitão
Sound Design by Tim Schellenbaum

The Cast: Federico Restrepo (Immigrant on Tiny Bike), Denise Greber (Memory Machine), Cary Gant (Man in Tent), Sara Galassini (Immigrant/Dancer), Joamer Gonzalez (Immigrant/Dancer), Allison Hiroto (Immigrant/Dancer), Emily Vick (Immigrant/Dancer ), Linwood Young (Immigrant/Dancer), Dmitry Chepovetsky and Kat Yew (Companions in Tent/Performers )

Stage Manager: Paula Wilson
Production Assistants: Tracy Francis, Sung Yeon Park, Gabriel Ponce and Da Jung Shin

Photography by Gian Marco Lo Forte and Kaori Fujiyabu
Window and Door frames Constructed by Gian Marco Lo Forte
Press Representation by Jonathan Slaff
Artistic Design Consultant Eduardo Rodas

Funding for this project made possibile with support from New York State Council on the Arts, The Jim Henson Foundation American Music Center – Live Music For Dance Program 2008

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