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DANCE at PS122's 2015 COIL Festival

DANCE at PS122's 2015 COIL Festival

Company:

PS122

Location:

Various locations throughout NYC

Dates:

Thursday, January 1, 2015 - 11:57pm
Saturday, January 31, 2015 - 11:57pm
Saturday, November 8, 2014 - 8:00pm

Tickets:

www.ps122.org

Company:
PS122

PERFORMANCE SPACE 122’s COIL 2015 FESTIVAL TO PREMIERE CONTEMPORARY DANCE, THEATER AND PERFORMANCE WORKS, JANUARY 2–17

Tenth Anniversary Of Festival Spans 15 Days in Venues Across New York City

“PS122 – a show palace where artists not only describe their bodies in the world but display a left of center imagination.”
– Hilton Als, The New Yorker



Performance Space 122’s contemporary performance festival, COIL, returns for its tenth anniversary year. Known for its groundbreaking contemporary performance, this year’s COIL 2015 festival spans 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: “In the midst of PS122's transformation, and just a year until our move home to 150 First Ave begins, this year’s COIL grapples with questions of transformation, change, and the breakdown of identities between audience and artwork, digitally and physically, and individuals themselves. The creation of new technology plays a part, but there is far more than that going on. We interact, we participate, we see audiences creating the work itself.”


Four Groundbreaking Theater Productions: 

In their celebrated show RoosevElvis, (Jan 2–10), the TEAM take us on a hallucinatory road trip from the Badlands to Graceland as the spirits of Elvis Presley and Theodore Roosevelt battle over the soul of Ann, a painfully shy meat-processing plant worker and what kind of man or woman she should become.

In Mike Iveson’s dystopian musical Sorry Robot (Jan 6–17) the machines of the future set out to prove they can do almost anything but shut up.

In YOUARENOWHERE (Jan 8–17), Andrew Schneider, the Wooster Group wunderkind, experiments with the virtues of sensory overload via quantum mechanics, parallel universes, and online “Missed Connections.”

Unpredictable, dark and funny, The Blind Date Project (Jan 7–17) starring Australia’s Bojana Novakovic (Rake, Shameless), is a real event in a real bar to which everyone can relate - a blind date between two people who have never met and who are desperately in need of connection.


Four Visceral Dance Works:

Faye Driscoll’s Thank you for Coming: Attendance, (Jan 6–10) envisions a society in which performance is both a collective and political act. PS122 and Danspace Project reprise this much beloved premiere iteration of the Thank You For Coming series, in which Driscoll explores different ways of building new bodies, new stories, and new ways of being around a constantly constructed and re-imagined group experience.

Through a unique practice of improvisation Molly Lieber & Eleanor Smith’s movement work presents a living, breathing, thumping manifestation of a profound and raw artistic collaboration. Rude World (Jan 7–12) is the final series in a triptych of works created over the course of three years.

Inspired by Diego Velázquez’s seminal rendition of Venus at her Mirror (1599-1600), From A to B via C (Jan 11–14), by much celebrated Swiss choreographer Alexandra Bachzetsis, explores the various provinces and domains of 'mainstream' popular culture.

Through two parallel solos weaving in and out of each other, BeginAgain, (Jan 14–16) zoe | juniper, questions the multiplicity of self, memory and perspective while exploring new technological methods for setting and triggering a raw tableaux of movement and stage design.


Three Form Pushing Installations:

In Sebastian Errazuriz’s A Pause in the City that Never Sleeps, (Jan 1–31) a continuous yawn is projected repeatedly in Times Square. The bored character appears on a screen as an omnipresent head looking down from the skies, yawning between the masses of marketing and advertisements.

MY VOICE HAS AN ECHO IN IT (Jan 7–11) by Temporary Distortion is a six-hour durational performance of live music, spoken text and video set within a freestanding, sound-proof installation that is 24 feet long by 6 feet wide. Complex and densely layered, Temporary Distortion creates an intimate experience where everyone has a front row seat.

dataPurge by Ryan Holsopple / 31 Down (Jan 15 & 16) is a live, virtual cleansing of one’s digital life. Clients will undergo data dialysis by monitoring the emotions associated with their online identities using body sensors and brain wave monitors during a live-streamed event.


And One CATCH:

Following its sold-out, line-around-the-block, wall-busting, keg-spewing 10th anniversary blowout at COIL 2014, CATCH (Jan 10) - "everybody's favorite" hydra-headed, multi-disciplinary, rough-and-ready performance series – returns to COIL 2015 to devastate your whole deal. CATCH is curated with delicate irreverence by Andrew Dinwiddie, Caleb Hammons & Jeff Larson.


Ticket Information

Reservations and most tickets for COIL will go on sale November 17, 2014. Reservations may be made and tickets purchased online at ps122.org, via phone at 212-352-3101, and in person at venue box offices except where otherwise noted. Single ticket prices vary per event. Ticket packages include: The PS122 Passport (5 tickets for $75) and The COIL Pass (8 tickets for $122), recommended for arts professionals and performance lovers.

PS122’s tenth annual COIL festival is made possible, in part by the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, New York Community Trust, the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, Lambent Foundation Fund of Tides Foundation and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation New York Theater Program.

More information about COIL can be found at ps122.org.


 

PERFORMANCE SPACE 122’S 2015 COIL FESTIVAL

A Pause in the City that Never Sleeps (World Premiere)                                                           [Technology & Installation]
SEBASTIAN ERRAZURIZ (Chile / NYC)      
Co-presented by Times Square Arts, the Times Square Advertising Coalition and PS122

Times Square, Manhattan
January 1–31, daily from 11:57pm-midnight
FREE

A continuous yawn is projected repeatedly in Time Square. The bored character appears on a screen as an omnipresent head looking down from the skies, yawning amongst the commercial vibrancy. As yawns are proven to be contagious, a mass of yawning people looking at the video suddenly appear bored, tired or bemused in the center of the city doesn't sleep. After some time the yawning masses leave Time Square, unconsciously continuing to carry with them their contagious message - spreading an epidemic of yawns throughout the city.

Join us on the last night of COIL 2015 on Saturday January 17th at 11:45pm for a Gathering with the artist. Meet us on Duffy Square, at Broadway and 46th Street. Stay Awake.


RoosevElvis                                                                                                                                      [Theater]
THE TEAM (NYC)                                                                                                                              
Co-presented by the TEAM, Vineyard Theatre and PS122
Produced by the TEAM with generous support from Paula Marie Black
Vineyard Theatre (108 E 15th St, Manhattan)
Jan 2, 3, 5, 6 at 7:30pm; Jan 4 at 3pm; Jan 7, 9 at 5pm; Jan 8 at 4pm & 9pm; Jan 10 at 12pm & 9pm
$30 / $25 Students & Seniors

“The TEAM’s most intimate work and also its warmest…a spirited and insightful commentary on two archetypes of American masculinity.” - The New York Times

On a hallucinatory road trip from the Badlands to Graceland, the spirits of Elvis Presley and Theodore Roosevelt battle over the soul of Ann, a painfully shy meat-processing plant worker, and what kind of man or woman she should become. Set against the boundless blue skies of the Great Plains and endless American highway, RoosevElvis is a new work about gender, appetite, and the multitudes we contain. 


Thank You For Coming: Attendance                                                                                                   [Dance]
FAYE DRISCOLL (NYC)
Commissioned by Danspace Project and Lower Manhattan Cultural Council
Co-presented by Danspace Project, Faye Driscoll Group and PS122

Danspace Project (131 East 10th Street, St. Mark's Church in-the-Bowery)
Jan 6, 8 & 9 at 8pm; Jan 10 at 5pm & 9pm
$20 General Admission / $15 Danspace Members

"Ms. Driscoll is fascinating in that she makes such utterly original work. It doesn't look like anything you've ever seen before, nor can you imagine thinking it up."
- The New York Times

Faye Driscoll’s Thank You For Coming series envisions a society in which performance is both a collective and political act. In Thank you for Coming: Attendance, the premiere iteration presented by Danspace Project in March 2014, performers pass through ever-morphing states of physical entanglement and scenes of distorted familiarity, building new bodies, new stories, and new ways of being around a constantly constructed and re-imagined group experience. Intimately staged in the round, Driscoll crafts a heightened reality of observation, invitation and interdependence. As audience and performers increasingly find themselves becoming one, a beautiful and chaotic shared identity emerges, culminating in a dynamic ritual of action and transformation.


SORRY ROBOT (World Premiere)                                                                                                       [Theater]
MIKE IVESON (NYC)                                                                                                                                   
Commissioned by PS122, Co-presented by PS122 and New Ohio Theatre
2013 Ethyl Eichelberger Award Winner

New Ohio Theatre (154 Christopher St, Manhattan)  
Previews Jan 6, 7 at 7pm; Jan 8 at 7pm; Jan 9 at 10pm; Jan 10 at 6pm; Jan 11 at 2pm; Jan 12 at 5pm; Jan 14, 15, 16 at 8:30pm; Jan 17 at 2pm & 8:30pm
$20 / $15 Students & Seniors

Four performers and an upright piano create a haunting world where robots long to experience the same emotions that their embarrassing, sort of pathetic, not-very-appealing human masters feel. In a hotel that doubles as a software development facility in an ever-dystopian Florida, the machines of the future set out to prove they can do almost anything but shut up.

Beloved downtown performer, Bessie-Award-winning composer, and 2013 Ethyl Eichelberger Award winner Mike Iveson has written this farcical new play, studded with nine original compositions that will convert every human in the room into a metallic automaton.

No robots were harmed in the making of this piece.


Rude World (World Premiere)                                                                                                              [Dance]
MOLLY LIEBER & ELEANOR SMITH (NYC)                                                                                            
Co-commissioned & Co-presented by PS122 and The Chocolate Factory Theater

The Chocolate Factory Theater (5-49 49th Ave., Long Island City, Queens)
Jan 7 at 6pm; Jan 8 & 10 at 5pm; Jan 9 at 7pm; Jan 11 at 3pm; Jan 12 at 4pm
$20 / $15 Students & Seniors

“These women are tied together. One would carry the other across a desert, it seems, if they didn’t kill each other first.” 
- The New York Times

Molly Lieber and Eleanor Smith make dances together by constructing improvisational practices into a mutual experience of performance. Seemingly conjoined at times, or forcefully in opposition - this performance is a living, breathing, thumping manifestation of a profound and raw artistic collaboration.

As highly skilled improvisers, they often discover ideas first through feeling. Their artistic intimacy allows for a crafted wildness that is then honed into a highly specific quality through the necessity of consensus. Rude World is the final series in a triptych of works created over the course of three years.


MY VOICE HAS AN ECHO IN IT (New York Premiere)                                                                 [Technology & Installation]
TEMPORARY DISTORTION (NYC)

Co-presented by PS122 and Ideal Glass Gallery
Ideal Glass Gallery (22 East 2nd Street, Manhattan)
January 7-10 at 6pm-12am; January 11 at 12-6pm
FREE; Reservations Recommended

“Temporary Distortion just keeps elevating their game. You could call that game sculptural video, or perhaps living set design, or maybe just multimedia ravishment.“
- Time Out New York

MY VOICE HAS AN ECHO IN IT is a six-hour durational performance of live music, spoken text and video set within a freestanding, sound-proof installation that is 24 feet long by 6 feet wide. While viewing the performers through two-way mirrors, audience members listen to music ranging from drifty ambient sounds to erasure poetry to raucous punk-inspired anthems through headphones along the outside perimeter of the installation. Complex and densely layered, Temporary Distortion creates an intimate experience where everyone has a front row seat.

Viewers are encouraged to come and go throughout the six-hour duration of the event. Capacity is limited and reservations are strongly recommended.


YOUARENOWHERE (World Premiere)                                                                                           [Theater]

ANDREW SCHNEIDER (NYC)                                                                                                                    
Commissioned by PS122
Co-presented by PS122 and The Invisible Dog Art Center
The Invisible Dog Art Center (51 Bergen St., Brooklyn)
Jan 8 8pm; Jan 9 5pm; Jan 12 2pm; Jan 13, 14, 15, 16, 17 7pm
$20 / $15 Students & Seniors

“a frenetic, witty, disorienting explosion of linear time”
- Culturebot

A conjuror of futuristic shamanism, Andrew Schneider’s YOUARENOWHERE experiments with the virtues of sensory overload via quantum mechanics, parallel universes, and online “Missed Connections”. Battling glitchy transmissions, crackling microphones and lighting instruments falling from the sky; one guy on a mission and a tricked-out interactive new-media landscape merge to transform physical space, warp linear time and short-circuit preconceived notions of what it means to be here now.


THE BLIND DATE PROJECT (US Premiere)                                                                                     [Theater]
RIDE-ON THEATRE (feat. Bojana Novakovic) (Australia)                                                                                                
Co-presented by PS122 and Parkside Lounge

Parkside Lounge (317 E Houston St, Manhattan)
Preview Jan 7 7pm; Jan 8 9pm; Jan 9 & 10 7pm & 10pm; Jan 12 5:30pm; Jan 13 & 14 8pm; Jan 15 9pm; Jan 16 & 17 7pm & 10pm
$20 / $15 Students & Seniors

Unpredictable, dark and funny, The Blind Date Project is a real event to which everyone can relate - a blind date between two people who have never met and who are desperately in need of connection.

Australian Film Institute award-winner and TV actress Bojana Novakovic (Rake, Shameless) plays Anna, a woman waiting at a karaoke bar for her date to arrive. With no idea of who she is about to meet or what is about to happen, each night a different performer joins her for an entirely improvised, intensely personal interaction – including karaoke numbers - in front of a crowd of willing participants. Guided only by text messages and phone calls and interspersed with random songs, each date promises to be as bizarre as it is dangerous. Things may turn out to be humiliating, tender or totally hot.


CATCH COIL (they made us do it again) (NYC)                                                                             [Multi-disciplinary]
Co-presented by PS122 and The Invisible Dog Art Center
The Invisible Dog Art Center (51 Bergen Street, Brooklyn)
January 10 from 7-10pm 
$20 gets you in & gets you drinking
"Best thing to do on a Saturday Night." - Time Out New York

Following its sold-out, line-around-the-block, wall-busting, keg-spewing 10th anniversary blowout at COIL 2014, CATCH - "everybody's favorite" hydra-headed, multi-disciplinary, rough-and-ready performance series - returns to COIL to devastate your whole deal. The "best ambulatory feast of experimental performance" (Village Voice) pours love, beer, and an overwhelming array of new and in-progress works from downtown luminaries and artists you maybe haven't heard of ... yet. 

CATCH is curated with delicate irreverence by Andrew Dinwiddie, Caleb Hammons & Jeff Larson.


From A to B via C (US Premiere)                                                                                                         [Dance]

ALEXANDRA BACHZETSIS (Switzerland)                                                                                       
Co-presented with the Swiss Institute
Swiss Institute / CONTEMPORARY ART  (18 Wooster Street, Manhattan)
Jan 11-14 Media Installation during Gallery Hours, 12-6pm; Jan 11 5pm Performance; Jan 14 7pm Performance
FREE; Reservations Required

Basel and Zürich-based choreographer Alexandra Bachzetsis has been exploring the various provinces and domains of 'mainstream' popular culture – hip-hop, fashion, strip-tease, movies – and extracted the signature vignettes and ensemble pieces from it that have come to define her choreographic, performative practice.

Inspired by Diego Velázquez’s seminal rendition of Venus at her Mirror (1599-1600), From A to B via C opens with three bodies moving from and towards each other, acting as each other’s mirror image - mediated and unsynchronized. Complex scenes of nudity, gazing and instructional scores reflect on our common desire to communicate our own identity through the identities of others.


BeginAgain (NY Premiere)                                                                                                                  [Dance]
zoe | juniper (Seattle)
Co-presented by PS122 and Baryshnikov Arts Center
Baryshnikov Arts Center’s Jerome Robbins Theater (450 West 37th St, Manhattan)
Jan 14, 15, 16 8pm
$20 / $15 Students & Seniors

"The blending of their talents has produced some of the most impressive dance/visual spectacles to come out of Seattle in recent years.”
- The Seattle Times

BeginAgain questions the multiplicity of self, memory and perspective through two parallel solos weaving in and out of each other. Juniper Shuey’s futuristic design explores new technological methods juxtaposed against Zoe Scofield’s intense, primal choreography, featuring Ms. Scofield and duet partner Ariel Freedman (Batsheva Dance Company, Kidd Pivot), triggers a raw tableaux of movement and stage designs. BeginAgain reveals an intrinsic truth about oneself and the aspects of humanity that unite us all. 

BeginAgain features gorgeous, large-scale set design from paper artist Celeste Cooning, and Sound Design by Julian Martlew with music from Morgan Henderson (Blood Brothers, Fleet Foxes).


dataPurge
RYAN HOLSOPPLE/31 DOWN (NYC)                                                                                           [Technology & Installation]
Commissioned by PS122
Co-presented by PS122 and Gibney Dance

Agnes Varis Performance Lab at Gibney Dance: Agnes Varis Performing Arts Center (280 Broadway [entrance at 53A Chambers St.], Manhattan)
January 15 - 16 Online viewing and participation from 11am-11am; Opening reception, January 15 7-9pm at http://datapurge.me
FREE

dataPurge is the first live exploration of PS122’s Virtual programming which investigates how we create live performance digitally, interactively and beyond the stage.

dataPurge is a live, virtual cleansing of one’s digital life. Clients will undergo data dialysis by monitoring the emotions associated with their online identities using body sensors and brain wave monitors during a live-streamed event. Online viewers can influence client outcomes through an interactive platform - a dataPurge version of group therapy. Upon completion, each client leaves with their soul awakened and ready to re-enter the digital world again with a clean slate.

 

Additional Events

Red + White Party 2015
Curated by WOAHMONE
at SPiN New York (48 East 23rd Street, Manhattan)
January 11; Doors at 8pm
Single tickets from $30, VIP tables from $500 (includes 10 tickets and a Ping-Pong table of your own all night)

PS122 invites you to drink, mingle and play a rousing game at the city’s #1 Ping-Pong social club, SPiN New York. This year’s Red + White Party is curated by the dance-party duo, WOAHMONE. Spanning the 60‘s, 70‘s, 80‘s and beyond, WOAHMONE embraces the occult, the seedy, the ecstatic, and the experimental. Nath Ann Carrera plays music that straddles queer sexual/contextual history, while Nica Ross’ projections combine a pastiche of found films and YouTube clips.


SPAN
Conversation Series
Co-presented by PS122 and The Invisible Dog Art Center
The Invisible Dog Art Center (51 Bergen Street, Brooklyn)
January 12 & 17
FREE: Reservations Recommended

SPAN is a discussion series based around theory and practice, the role of criticism and collaborative relationship forming within the ecosystem of the New York City performance industry. The two events of SPAN 2015 will be an Open Space and a Conversation/Mixer.

Jan 12 at 4pm: Open Space is a process for supporting people to self-organize and collaborate around any question. An opportunity for group discussions on topics proposed and curated by the attendees themselves. Participants are free to move between discussions, debating or spectating as they choose. Open Space as a constructive and inclusive platform was pioneered for the performance industry in the UK by Improbable.

Jan 17 at 3pm: Conversation/Mixer is a two part event, opening with 20 Questions for a Good Conversation, a curated question and answer session conducted between a small panel and an audience. 20 Questions was created by the founders of Forest Fringe and ranges from the concrete to the abstract as provocations to panelists and audience. The evening culminates with a good old fashioned mixer with music and wine, fuelled by new ideas, new friends and renewed energy.

SPAN 2015 is curated by Lucy Jackson. 


Shanghai / New York: Future Histories
Music Showcase
Co-presented by Asia Society, China Shanghai International Arts Festival and PS122

Asia Society (725 Park Avenue, Manhattan)
January 13 4pm & 8pm
FREE; Reservations Recommended

In our fractured times, it is more important than ever that artists and audiences are brought together to share their work and ideas. Performance Space 122, Asia Society, and the China Shanghai International Arts Festival (CSIAF) have begun an unprecedented institutional collaboration with these ideals in mind. Sam Wu, Qin Yi and Zolan come together in a music focused, multidisciplinary evening. These three emerging artists are articulating new forms – locally sourced but distinct in their engagement with the larger, international audience.

Sam Wu is a self taught 18-year old wunderkind whose award-winning chamber music compositions have been described as “"warm, sincere, and characteristic of a compassionate 21st-century metropolitan youth.” Sam is the founder and conductor of the Youth•Music•Love ensemble, and has been concertmaster and assistant conductor for various orchestras around the world.

Mirror Mind, composed by a pioneer of Chinese contemporary electronic music Qin Yi, is a cross-over experiment combining dramatic performance, live percussion, interactive multi-channel electronic music and new-media visual arts. Mirror Mind explores the multi-layered nature of human existence with a “pan-acoustic” narrative approach.

Internationally recognized composer, Zolan, creates a special new music piece based on the Nobel Literature Prize Winning play Death and the Maiden using music to describe the ‘Six Desires of a Human Being’ - a Buddhism concept, which describes the six sensory pleasures derived from the eyes, ears, nose, body and mind.

Shanghai / New York: Future Histories is a major arts project of Shanghai Municipal Government sponsored by Shanghai Cultural Development Foundation. All participating artists are within RAW (Rising Artists Works), a new series of the CSIAF and a platform that develops new ideas and emerging artists from across China. 



About Performance Space 122

Performance Space 122 (PS122) provides incomparable experiences for audiences by presenting and commissioning artists whose work challenges boundaries of live performance. PS122 is dedicated to supporting the creative risks taken by artists from diverse genres, cultures and perspectives. We are an innovative local, national and international leader in contemporary performance.

Beginning in 2011, PS122 embarked on one of the most unusual and potentially radical shifts in its history, including a re-structuring of artist support, a business model overhaul, and the renovation of our building. As PS122’s East Village home undergoes a much-needed interior renovation supported primarily by the City of New York, DCA and DDC, PS122’s core activity continues to be providing audiences with contemporary live performance.

For over 3 decades, Performance Space 122 has been a hub for contemporary performance and an active member of the cultural community. Under the curatorial vision of Vallejo Gantner (Artistic Director 2005 – present) PS122 has developed a set of programs designed to re-establish the value of live performance, provide singular experiences for audiences that inspire critical thinking, and sustain the creative process for artists throughout their career. Largely in partnership with peer organizations, PS122 currently presents artists in all disciplines in spaces all over the city during an annual fall & spring season and COIL festival in January.

In addition to the commissioning and presenting of artists from NYC across the US, and around the globe, PS122 has increased our activity off the stage to provide audiences with a variety of access points and context for the work on stage. These activities include both talkbacks with the artists as well as in depth conversations that bring together luminaries from non-arts disciplines to discuss a variety of topics including everything from religion, to migration, to queer real estate and cultural diplomacy. PS122 encourages the asking of questions and debate of contemporary society’s issues in both artistic practice and audience experience.

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