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“It’s hard to justify seeking any other form of entertainment on your Saturday night.”-Claudia La Rocco , The New York Times

“Would you totally go out and see some of the underground artsy dancing and acting that New York offers so much of, if only you had an ironclad guarantee that the performance wasn’t going to be boring and sucky? Well, today is your lucky day.”
– Emily Gould, Gawker.com

Catch & the creators of Our Hit Parade meet Kanye West!

WHY WON’T YOU LET ME BE GREAT!!! is a group show inspired by Kanye West’s ground-breaking, “Thom Yorke in the Strip Club” crossover pop album 808s & Heartbreak. Conceived by Brendan Kennedy and presented by Neal Medlyn and Catch in association with Performance Space 122, the evening-length performance will feature work by a vast array of downtown superstars showing pieces inspired by each song from the album, much as the Joffrey Ballet’s (in)famous Billboards choreographed the songs of Prince.

Choreographer’s playlist

Overture (new material) Justin Jones and Elliott Durko Lynch

1. “Say You Will” Karinne Keithley
2. “Welcome to Heartbreak” Neal Medlyn
3. “Heartless” Christine Elmo
4. “Amazing” Jennifer Monson
5. “Love Lockdown” Ann Liv Young
6. “Paranoid” Myles Kane
7. “RoboCop” Varsity Interpretive Dance Squad
8. “Street Lights” Kenny Mellman
9. “Bad News” Dance Gang
10. “See You In My Nightmares” Asubtout (Katy Pyle and Eleanor Hullihan)
11. “Coldest Winter” Juliana F. May/May Dance
12. “Pinocchio Story” Neal Medlyn

July 30 – Aug 1, 2009
Thu – Sat 8pm
Plus added show: Sat Aug 1st 10pm
Tickets from $20, Students/Seniors $15
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  • 3/4: PS122 and Emily Johnson/Catalyst pay deep respect to Lenape peoples, homeland, and ancestors past, present, future.

  • 2/4: ...what is now known as NY, PA, DE, and NJ. Lenapehoking is the name in their language for their territory.

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