Check out this interesting feature article in The New York Times arts section, “Shock Me if you Can”, on the value of shock in performing and visual arts. The Times spoke with playwrights Adam Rapp and Thomas Bradshaw, filmmaker John Waters and PS122’s Artistic Director Vallejo Gantner, among others.

There are a thousand different audiences,” said Vallejo Gantner, the artistic director of Performance Space 122 in the East Village. “At ‘The Book of Mormon’ the shock is all part of the fun. But it’s much harder to shock a downtown theatergoing audience.

What have you seen recently that’s shocking? Do you seek out art and performance that will startle and surprise you? Share your thoughts in the comments here.

  • #TBT: "ICH, KÜRBISGEIST" by @bigdancetheater from Fall 2012 at The Chocolate Factory. See them up… https://t.co/3o9GzXd33d

  • Meg Ryan working in the office today. #ROKE #remnants @ Performance Space 122 https://t.co/O57fNDdOx9

  • ROKE alter. #RAMP @royalosiris @gibneydance @ Gibney Dance https://t.co/qKbvkBIDUD

  • Tomorrow + Sunday: @RoyalOsiris work in progress showings at @GibneyDance at 6pm! #Starbucks http://t.co/fXcQpY82dX

  • RT @papermagazine: ❤️🌈History has been made - what a beautiful way to kick off #Pride2015! 🌈❤️ #LoveWins #SCOTUSmarriage

  • RT @POTUS: Today is a big step in our march toward equality. Gay and lesbian couples now have the right to marry, just like anyone else. #L…

  • RG: @holysebastian TBT to #COIL15 with thousands collectively yawning in #timessquare @tsqarts @… https://t.co/uMeMTgstDC

  • #TBT: "too shy to share" by Davis Freeman in #COIL 2012. #archive of performances made specifically… https://t.co/GC9V5CVZnv

  • ROKE in RAMP - http://t.co/jQQbCQC91E

  • #TBT: @radioh0le's "Whatever Heaven Allows" (2010) in the upstairs theater @ps122. #theater #archive… https://t.co/XlCSGVLhf6

  • Monday #distraction: become mesmerized with thousands of #broadsheets: http://t.co/gZOGbkr63w @AstralStudioNYC #art #nyc

  • .@TheKilroys13 second "The List" calls attention to women & transgender playwrights. See, support, share: http://t.co/7P05J26JHY

  • RT @Culturalist: Celebrate Pride with @broadwaycom by sharing your #top10 LGBTQ characters from Broadway: http://t.co/hOAnOKB2db http://t.c…

  • #TBT: "Sinner" (2006) by UK-based Stan Won't Dance. Featuring Liam Steele and Ben Wright. 📷: Donna… https://t.co/mk9HwN5ZpL

  • While @royalosiris of ROKE posts photos with his #selfiestick, we'll post this sweet pano of their… https://t.co/MxZe7jJbtm

  • .@RoyalOsiris start their #RAMP residency today @GibneyDance! Here's something special: http://t.co/gX77BrvbBC

  • If you're coming to Jillian Peña's #RAMP showings tonight, do note they take place at the downtown @GibneyDance location! #beentheredonethat

  • RAMP 2015 begins Sunday with Jillian Peña - see our interview about her Panopticon here: http://t.co/i2TvYrDEUs

  • #TBT: building tour with filming. 150 1st Ave coming to you soon. @ Performance Space 122 https://t.co/2te1Wg2NkL

  • See highlights of our 2015 Gala Honoring Claire Danes & @JimmyVanBramer hosted by the one and only @Alancumming #wcw http://t.co/VSjZNoFsju

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