Past & Future

Beginning in 2011, Performance Space 122 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. We are invigorated by the prospect of this multi-year journey and the re-opening in larger, state-of-the-art, column-free, flexible, ADA-compliant theaters. Programming in 2011 – 2015 traverses the five boroughs of NYC and beyond. As PS122 considers and defines the future of contemporary performance presentation we continue to consider the East Village as our home and look forward to returning when renovations are complete.

For over 3 decades, Performance Space 122 has been a hub for contemporary performance and an active member of the cultural community in NYC and across the globe. 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. Through partnering with peer organizations as well as contemporary institutions who share our belief in the cultural importance of live performance, PS122 currently commissions and presents artists in all disciplines in spaces all over the city during an annual fall & spring season and COIL festival in January.

Founded in 1980 by Charles Dennis, Tim Miller, Charles Moulton, and Peter Rose, in what was then an abandoned public school building, Performance Space 122 is proud to have brought forward not only artists, like John Leguizamo, Jonathan Ames, Eric Bogosian, the Blue Man Group or Annie Dorsen who have gone on to make waves in commercial arenas on Broadway or at HBO, but also artists who have triggered national debate about political and ethical issues, like the original “NEA four”, Ethyl Eichelberger (HIV/AIDS activist), or more recently Young Jean Lee and Branden Jacobs-Jenkins (contemporary social critiques), as well as artists who have radicalized aesthetic form like Meredith Monk, Spalding Gray, Ron Athey, Richard Maxwell, Elevator Repair Service, Radiohole, Adrienne Truscott, Verdensteatret (Norway), Rabih Mroué (Lebanon), Philippe Quesne (France), and Maria Hassabi (Cyprus).

In addition to the commissioning and presenting of artists, PS122 strives to provide audiences with a variety of off-stage access points for the work that is on stage or in the space. These activities have included talkbacks with the artists as well as conversations with luminaries from non-arts disciplines on topics that range from religion to migration, queer real estate, to cultural diplomacy and everything in between. PS122 strongly encourages the asking of questions and debate as well as the taking of creative risks in all forms of contemporary performance.

  • RT @Brassland: NYC! Don't miss @PS122's Season Launch Party curated by Steven Reker on the @Gawker roof, feat. @PplGtRdy: http://t.co/VyaVd…

  • Here's a little interview of Artistic Director @hyperjetlag in @dailyreviewAU: http://t.co/eVdHoLLZgn #arts

  • RT @hyperjetlag: Its possible I may well have said most of these things.... http://t.co/EXzhig1wjh @PS122

  • @Dance_4 Shoot us an email! [email protected]

  • I dare you to call us and see that our new hold music is @PplGtRdy http://t.co/yqaX1qwHcq #OUTHERE @Brassland

  • .@nycgo's 'Don't Miss September Events' highlights @PS122 @FIAFNY @HudsonRiverPark co-pro of Fernando Rubio http://t.co/UJcP0uwIdQ #CTL14

  • Beautiful video of the April #RAMP showing @glassghost00 / @LyfeCompany by @meerkatmedia: https://t.co/oytnuXbD9v Stay tuned for Spring!

  • Season Launch not only includes Steven Reker of @PplGtRdy but now food by @VbarAndCompany, beer by @BrooklynBrewery & tequila by @Casamigos!

  • Lots of phone conversations today. At least they're with good people! @BloodWoofer @wyszniewski #COIL15 #planning

  • Love talking abt winter in Aug w/ the January festival minds. @APAP365 @PROTOTYPEfest @UTRFestival @AmericanRealnes @globalFEST_NYC #COIL15

  • PS122 artists @BigDanceTheater open this fall @BAM_Brooklyn. #alansmithee #BAMNextWave http://t.co/AgK0BcyAd5 http://t.co/kp7boJsbU2

  • Can't wait for our season launch party http://t.co/kRcauntnZO next month! We're reliving our Spring Gala to get ready http://t.co/HhgJ3Tn4tm

  • RT @Brassland: In NY? Come to @ps122's season launch w/ @PplGtRdy on 9/16. Not in NY? We'll pop one for you: http://t.co/9l5YtSUvxp http://…

  • New season, new look, new hashtag. #outhere @ Performance Space 122 http://t.co/3XBzGKMPVf

  • RT @JamesDennin: Thanks for the follow @PS122! Super jazzed for the launch party. We'll boogie.

  • We've got a new look 'round these parts. Thanks @AstralStudioNYC! #outhere

  • RT @Brassland: Psst @PS122: Get yr Tweetpals psyched for yr launch. @PplGtRdy's LPs are only $5 right now! http://t.co/orz6Gb8Tlf + http://…

  • Get ready to pop bottles & balloons on the gawker roof with Steven Reker of @PplGtRdy: Season Launch Sept 16! http://t.co/lOgAGJt2D6

  • Get #outhere: http://t.co/XU0JifIxX6

  • @wangmeiyin @UTRFestival @AmericanRealnes @herearts @hyperjetlag of course that's vallejo on his phone.