COIL 2011


World Premiere


January 2011

11 Days. 17 Companies. Theatre. Dance. Live art and beyond.
“How much crazy can you stand?” – Variety

Performance Space 122’s 6th annual winter festival of contemporary performance features the following hits of the past, present and future seasons of PS122…

ANNIE DORSEN – Hello Hi There
“Dorsen’s post-human performance puts our understanding of what it means to be human to the wall.” – Sigurd Ziegler, Morgenbladet
2 chatbots perform a new – as it were, improvised – live conversation inspired by the famous television debate between Foucault and Chomsky.

KIM NOBLE – Kim Noble Will Die
“Shocking, beautiful and profound. It will blow your mind.” – Time Out
Life is tough. Kim Noble will help you get through it whilst laying bare his plans for departing this world.

JACK FERVER – Rumble Ghost
4 STARS – Financial Times
As the flimsy membrane between Poltergeist and the fragility of the human condition deteriorates, the darkest place in the world is shown to be right up there: in your mind.

VIVI TELLAS – Rabbi Rabino
2 Conservative Rabbis perform their own autobiographies – ranging from jokes to Jewish food to their opinions on Charlton Heston’s “The 10 Commandments.”

RADIOHOLE – Whatever, Heaven Allows
“Outrageous” – The New Yorker
The star-spangled American meta-melodrama inspired by film director Douglas Sirk’s 1950s potboilers and Milton’s epic Paradise Lost is BACK!

“Poetic and disturbing, backed by the full force of its history without being diminished by it.” – The NY Times
An intensely physical interdisciplinary work that presents an unblinking look into the lives of young (gay) men and how they interact with one another.

Hidden away for decades, Green Eyes was only just published in 2008, twenty-five years after Tennessee Williams’ death. Erin Markey stars as a ravenous Southern woman determined to satisfy the darkest recesses of her most deviant desires.

“She is certainly intense, and she is certainly talented.” – John Rockwell, The New York Times
A pre-decided game, with an intense physical vocabulary, unfiltered emotions, and an unflinching embrace of fatalism.

“A vivid, often anguished imagination shines through in [Zustiak’s] work…” – The New Yorker
In Bastard, Pavel Zustiak, in collaboration with composer Christian Frederickson and award-winning Slovak dancer Jaro Vinarsky, tackles the themes of displacement, otherness and transformation.

BRIAN ROGERS – Selective Memory
A real time video performance about nostalgia for relationships that never took place, events which never happened; a film which was never made, but which everyone remembers; exploiting the misappropriation of “real” sounds and images to confound, distort, remake and ultimately erase the truth.

“An extraordinary piece of theatre” – Emer O’Kelly, Irish Independent
In a moment of relaxation and quite reflection two men unwittingly engage. Spontaneous, unaffected and thrillingly real, innocent discussion becomes an exploration of private fantasy, hidden anxiety, personal mythology, and the most inexplicable behavior.

Twins, dancer Otto Ramstad and visual artist Emmett Ramstad, examine the human body, investigate notions of social bodies versus biological bodies, and explore the gaps between seeing, knowing and empathy.

SPALDING GRAY – Stories Left to Tell
Starring Ain Gordon, Kathleen Chalfant, Hazelle Goodman, and Bob Holman
A uniquely personal journey through Spalding’s inimitable perspective and voice, featuring excerpts from his hilarious monologues juxtaposed with journal entries, poems, and other unpublished – and previously unperformed – writing.

THEATRO ALBE – Ouverture Alcian
“This is a remarkable performance, the script superb, irreproachable” – Muriel Mingau, Le Populaire
A fight between the power of the voice and of music, a deep and surprising alchemy that draws the figure of the sorceress, wounded by love, in her iconic immobility.

AIN GORDON – A Disaster Begins
“Seeking order in a life, a war, and a deluge…(with) cleareyed passion.” – The New York Times
A lone woman’s unbreakable bond with the hurricane that devastated the Texas island of Galveston in 1900, taking 6,000 lives in a single night.

A strange and provocative theatre work that utilizes the construction of a Greek drama and the sensibility of a classic Fairy Tale to examine the ramifications of antique guilt on the modern conscience.

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