Joyce Theater

Conceived and led by world-renowned tap artist Michela Marino LermanOnce Upon a Time Called Now fuses iconic tap dance improvography with live jazz and music performance – featuring her unique ensemble of musicians and dancers, Love Movement. 

Set largely in the swirling, historic context of Mardi Gras, our story depicts a heroine’s journey back from the afterlife to achieve self-love, acceptance, and ultimately, enlightenment. 

Once Upon a Time Called Now melds superlative tap dance with a number of recorded narrations performed by the incomparable Anna Deavere Smith and an all-original score written by Michela and Grammy-nominated bassist, Russell Hall. 

Curtain Chat: Wed, Mar 30

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Health & Safety Protocols

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Funding Credits

Once Upon a Time Called Now was commissioned and created, in part, with the support of The Joyce’s Artist Residency Center, made possible by lead funding from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Howard Gilman Foundation, LuEsther T. Mertz Charitable Trust, and Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.  Live Music for Dance Sponsor: Jody and John Arnhold.  

Michela Marino Lerman's Once Upon a Time Called Now is supported by InMaat Foundation and in partnership with Sozo Impact.

Ticket Prices

Tickets start at $10!

Call JoyceCharge at 212-242-0800 for $10 tickets. All other tickets can be purchased online.

Running Time

Approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes with no intermission.

March 29—April 3 The Joyce in Chelsea

Michela Marino Lerman

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