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COIL 2017 Festival: "CVRTAIN" by Yehuda Duenyas
Yehuda Duenyas (NYC/LA) Virtual Reality | World Premiere Commissioned by Performance Space 122
Presented by Performance Space 122 in partnership with Wallplay
Gallery 151, 132 West 18th Street in Manhattan
Jan 3 from 5-7pm; Jan 4-7 and 10-15 from 12-6pm
5 – 10 minute interactive experience
CVRTAIN is a virtual reality (VR) experience starring you. Placed center stage in a beautiful theater, the curtain parts to reveal an audience of thousands teaming with adulation. Do you freeze in the spotlight, or bow graciously? Every action produces a different reaction in your audience: thunderous applause, feet stomping, cameras flashing, maybe even booing. An entire audience’s emotions are at your virtual command, but only until the curtain closes.
Emmy awardwinning experiential director Yehuda Duenyas dives into his fascination of subverting the audience/performer relationship by putting you at the center of the CVRTAIN experience. Using a VR headset, sensors, and headphones equipped for haptic feedback, Duenyas draws on the tools of gaming and immersive theater in a personalized, celebratory experience for one.
Performance Space 122’s annual performance festival, Coil, returns for its twelfth edition with 13 individual events. The festival explores the constant vitality of live performance in New York City through contemporary artists from diverse genres, cultures and perspectives. Featuring work created locally, across the U.S., and around the world, Coil is known for its groundbreaking contemporary performance across interdisciplinary art, working with new technologies and forms.
Through installations, live and virtual practices, PS122 is committed to redefining how, where, and when performance is experienced.
Performance Space 122 Artistic Director Vallejo Gantner commented: "We don’t present objects, static fixed ideas. These are living, breathing, complicated, flawed and wonderful experiences. Profound and unpredictable. Difficult.
There’s a rightful push for the work that we do to better reflect the society of ideas and people from which we spring. Sometimes we get this right, and sometimes we also push back when we’re told to make the work do something predictable, something certain. The work that PS122 presents’ potency comes from the fact that it should give you back the power to create its impact.
I am very proud that in my final year of Coil, PS122 again shows off its interdisciplinary chops – from the entirely constructed world of VR through a theater created purely of object, light and sound to visceral, confronting and raw movement."
Book your tickets early: The Coil Pass (8 tickets for $122) will go on sale October 25 and may be purchased online at www.ps122.org/coil or via phone at 2123523101.
Single tickets will go on sale November 16 and may be purchased online at www.ps122.org/coil, via phone at 212352 3101, or in person at venue box offices except where otherwise noted. Single ticket prices vary per event.
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