COIL 2016
January 5 – 17

COIL is Performance Space 122’s annual performance festival that demonstrates the constant vitality of live performance in New York City featuring work created locally, across the US and around the world.

“COIL 2016 attacks the very concept of boundaries and of limits. The boundaries between ideologies, life and death, the contemporary and historic, human and machine, light and darkness, audience and performer. Limitations of time, identity, age and geography disappear. The work we will see this year deals with evolutionary transformation – personal, social and artistic.

I am proud that the program includes so many artists whose work has never been seen in New York. It is our most ambitious festival, ever, and the very last outside of our home at 150 First Ave.” – Vallejo Gantner, Artistic Director

Packages & Ticketing Info
Friends who donate become Friends with Benefits.
Benefits include tickets to COIL, Red & White, exclusive receptions and more.

The COIL Pass (8 tickets for $122*) is now on sale! Single tickets will go on sale November 17th and may be purchased online, via phone at 212-352-3101, or in person at venue box offices except where otherwise noted. Single ticket prices vary per event.

Sound, Visual and Performance Installation | US Premiere
Co-presented with New Ohio Theatre
January 5-8

Dance, Music, Sculpture | World Premiere
Commissioned by Performance Space 122
Presented in partnership with Westbeth Artists Community
January 6-10

bewilderment and other queer lions
Music, Performance | World Premiere
Commissioned by Performance Space 122
Co-presented with The Invisible Dog Art Center
January 6-10

The Holler Sessions
Theater | NY Premiere
Presented in partnership with the Paradise Factory
January 6-17

Theater, Photo Installation | World Premiere
Commissioned by Performance Space 122
Presented by in partnership with Westbeth Artists Community
January 7-12

Dance, Multimedia | World Premiere
Co-commissioned by Performance Space 122 and Lower Manhattan Cultural Council
Co-presented with American Realness
January 9-17

I Understand Everything Better
Dance, Theater
Co-presented with The Chocolate Factory Theater
January 10-15

Theater | US Premiere
Co-presented with New Ohio Theatre
January 11-16

o’ death
Dance, Theater, Installation | US Premiere
Presented in partnership with Ideal Glass Gallery
January 12-17

Morphia Series
Dance | NY Premiere
Co-presented with Baryshnikov Arts Center
January 12-16

Yesterday Tomorrow
Music, Theater | US Premiere
Commissioned by Performance Space 122
Co-presented with La MaMa
January 13-16

Theater | US Premiere
Co-presented with The Invisible Dog Art Center
January 13-17

Xi Ban & Pi Huang Club (CHINA)
Shanghai / New York: Future Histories 2
Music, Film | US Premiere
Co-presented with Asia Society and China Shanghai International Arts Festival
January 13

Dance, Music, Performance | US Premiere
Co-presented with American Realness
January 15-17

Excavation Site: Martha Graham U.S.A.
Dance, Installation | NY Premiere
Co-presented with New Museum and Martha Graham Dance Company
January 16


Red + White Party 2016
Jan 10 | 8pm-12am
Gawker Media HQ, 2 West 17th Street, 2nd Floor, in Manhattan
PS122 invites you to the all new, revamped Red + White Party. Inclusive to all audiences and artists alike with five buck ticket price, this year’s party focuses not on a high-end ticket price but more on the nitty-gritty of what makes January in NYC a special place: karaoke.
Teaming up with the Australia Council and the Australian Consulate-General in New York, this year features Brisbane-based neo-tiki physical theatre company Polytoxic with their live-art karaoke party topper known ‘round the world. The BackUP Service gives you a raucous night out, an excuse to play dress-up and an opportunity to soak up the limelight. Offering a total karaoke experience, you get a choice of some of the best pop hits from the past and present courtesy of Deejay J.D. Franzke with a gang of backup dancers fit for the pros.
Single Ticket: $5
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Australia and New York have a lot in common: the practices and artists we support, the audiences we engage with and the types of context we create.
For this COIL 2016, New York will get a taste of Australia’s exceptional independent arts scene through a program of works featuring Melbourne artists Helen Herbertson, Ranters Theatre and Brisbane’s Polytoxic, co-curated by Performance Space 122 and the City of Melbourne’s Arts House with generous support from the Australian Government through Australia Council for the Arts and the Australian Consulate-General in New York.
Through Australia Council for the Arts’ commitment to supporting this cultural exchange for a total of four years, PS122 will be presenting an extensive roster of Australian artists focused around the COIL Festival, a platform for international touring. As we begin year two of this international collaboration, we hope to open up a conversation that speaks to an ever-more globalized audience about communities formed around ideas and artistic possibility rather than geography or identity.

Aussie Partnership 2016

*Maximum (2) tickets may be redeemed per performance. Some restrictions apply. Questions? or call 212-477-5829 x.302.

PS122’s COIL 2016 festival is made possible in part by the Lambent Foundation, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation New York Theater Program, the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, New York Community Trust and the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

COIL 2016 Funders

COIL 2016 Festival is part of January in NYC is the Place to Be for the Performing Arts, celebrating the unmatched convergence of performing arts professionals, audiences and events in New York City. Every January, more than 45,000 people from around the globe flock to New York City for public festivals and industry gatherings, featuring over 1,500 performances by thousands of world-class artists of all disciplines and genres, including world music, theater, dance, jazz, and more.

January in NYC

  • #COIL16 full lineup now online.

  • RT @KUCTravno: #behindthescene @KUCTravno Getting ready for the show! #croatiannationaltheatre #hnkzagreb #PS122…

  • RT @Margaux_Szuter: Why do I get so excited? Oh I know, @PS122 is in town! :D Welcome to Toulouse @helloandrewjs @AnnieDorsen #NYExpress15 …

  • RT @TimeOutTheater: New! The 20 best New York shows to see this winter:

  • #ICYMI: @bedbow on the benefit performances of #100Monologues @Jtillathekilla2 @eric_bogosian

  • Just had a toast of Rye in honor of Derek Lloyd. We felt your cheers. Happy Birthday, boss!

  • @HelenHuntington We're not sure, but think @eric_bogosian filmed it a while back for Keep an eye out! #itwassogood

  • RT @hyperjetlag: Here we go. @PS122 @FayeDriscoll

  • #PS122GLOBAL is on the road!

  • RT @marvinwebb: Julie Salamon, mission is cool. Need to have an executable strategic plan. Allowing staff to perform deeper work. BRC @NPCC…

  • Congrats to all the winners at the #NPExcel Awards today! @NYCommTrust

  • RT @nickey_y: Advise for new EDs: Surround yourself with the smartest people & listen to them. #NPExcel

  • RT @Fereshta: @eric_bogosian Thank you for a joyful evening of theatre! @PS122 I'd forgotten how much I delight in such things. :) https://…

  • RT @Kascia1: The BEST time! Thanks! @PS122 & 100 (monologues) @eric_bogosian @Jtillathekilla2 @BillyCrudup @MichaelChernus…

  • RT @Jtillathekilla2: @Kascia1 @PS122 @eric_bogosian @BillyCrudup @MichaelChernus Thanks for coming!

  • @GauravMikeBawa or #theater ;)

  • RT @GauravMikeBawa: @PS122 looking forward to a memorable evening. Thank you for the invitation to Eric Bogosian’s 100 Monologues. #theatre

  • @Jtillathekilla2 woot woot!

  • Billy Crudup rehearsing for his ONE night only performance. #100monologues Limited tix: @…

  • RT @Jtillathekilla2: After the #PS122 benefit at The Player's Club with @PhilLaak and @eric_bogosian. Final performance tonight nov17! http…