Performance Happenings . . .

Punchdrunk “Sleep No More” thru June 25 @ The McKittrick Hotel (530 West 27th Street NY NY) Tickets $75

Since 2000, Punchdrunk has pioneered a game changing form of immersive theatre in which roaming audiences experience epic storytelling inside sensory theatrical worlds. Blending classic texts, physical performance, award-winning design installation and unexpected sites, the company’s infectious format rejects the passive obedience usually expected of audiences.

Lines between space, performer and spectator are constantly shifting. Audiences are invited to rediscover the childlike excitement and anticipation of exploring the unknown and experience a real sense of adventure. Free to encounter the installed environment in an individual imaginative journey, the choice of what to watch and where to go is theirs alone.

Claire Bishop “Considering Useful Art” May 18 6:30-8:00 PM @ Copper Union Rose Auditorium  (41 Cooper Square  NY NY) FREE

Living as Form kicks off on May 18 with “Considering Useful Art,” a free public talk by curator and art historian Claire Bishop, Associate Professor in the Ph.D. Program in Art History at The Graduate Center, CUNY, moderated by Mariam Ghani, artist and teacher at The Cooper Union School of Art. The event is the first in a series of talks surrounding socially engaged artistic practices, offering an opportunity for artists and audiences to raise key questions and further discussion around this complex field of cultural production.

Elana Katz “Color Me Clear” May 19 3:00-9:00 PM  @Location One (26 Greene Street NY NY) FREE

3 – 6 pm: the artist works in solitude, 6 – 9 pm: performance is open to the public

COLOR ME CLEAR examines the cross-cultural practice of painting the face, as well as the medium of painting vs. live art that incorporates the body of the artist. The artist paints her face heavily with make-up. The paint from the face is then transferred onto another surface, into another form, repeatedly. The work challenges the capabilities of the face, as the face is used both as a platform to receive paint (a facade on which an image is created) and as a tool for transferring paint (an object with which another image is created). The intrigue of the piece lies, perhaps, in the abstraction that takes place, in the distance that exists between these two functions of the face. The performance begins in a private context. As the artist works in a contained space, the audience is absent. The performance will then move into direct contact with the public, and the audience will be led to participate in an intimate way.

Dean Moss and Sungmyung Chun “Nameless forest” May 19-21, May 26-28 at 8:00 PM @ The Kitchen (512 West 19th Street NY NY) Tickets $15

Choreographer and video artist Dean Moss’s latest project is part rite-of-passage, part meditation on the evolving processes of contemporary performance. Developed in collaboration with Korean sculptor Sungmyung Chun, the work is inspired by his emotionally fragile figurative installations. This world premiere features dancers Kacie ChangEric ConroeAaron Hodges,Pedro JiménezDJ McDonald and Sari Nordman and incorporates diary entries from photojournalist Mike Kamber, neon sculpture by visual artistGandalf Gavan, an original score by Stephen Vitiello, costumes by Roxana Ramseur, and lighting and technical design by Vincent Vigilante.

CHERYL “THE DANCE PARTY OF THE FUTURE” May 21 7:oo PM – 12:00 AM @ Hiro Ballroom at the Maritime Hotel (88 9th Avenue NY NY) Tickets $5

Celebrate the Whitney of the Future with the performance and video collective CHERYL as they host “THE DANCE PARTY OF THE FUTURE.” Known for staging “dance parties that will ruin your life,”CHERYL brings in the glitter through immersive videos, outrageous costumes, and exuberant dance moves.THEY WANT TO PARTY WITH YOU.

Liza Mogel “From Mollusks to Meat Hooks to Moschino” May 21 1:30 – 2:30 PM and 3:00 – 4:00 PM @ Washington and Gansevoort Streets NY NY. FREE

Part of the Whitney Museum’s Groundbreaking ceremony. The site of the Whitney’s new building is beautifully situated near the Hudson River amidst the lively Meatpacking District, and this area in New York’s past has always been bustling—and hustling—with a range of industries. Artist Lize Mogel takes us on an interactive walking tour exploring the transformation of the area, the overlapping ecosystems, and the hidden histories of the streets. Adventuresome trekkers and spectators alike can pick up an artist-designed map made especially for the Whitney’s groundbreaking.

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