This Week at P.S.122
Yes, I know I said I wasn’t P.S.122’s in-house blog. But still, it is my home away from home and I want to keep you all up-to-date on what’s going on Chez Andy.
This week Best of the Boroughs continues with new work from Okwui Okpokwasili and Edith Freni as the dance company Palissimo returns to our upstairs space with Le Petit Mort.
You may recall that Palissimo was schedule to appear at P.S.122 in the fall. They did one fantastic performance in which two dancers – Saar Harari and Ellen Cremer – were injured. The season was postponed until now, so we invite you to return and see this fantastic dance piece with healthy dancers! The show opens Thursday night at 8PM.
And downstairs there’s Okwui Okpokwasili’s Pent-up: a Revenge Dance presented in association with 651 Arts and Edith Freni’s Momma, presented in association with Queens Theater in the Park. Okwui’s show opens Wednesday at 8PM, Edith’s show opens Thursday at 8PM. Busy, busy, busy!
Click through for more info on all three shows.
About Le Petit Mort:
Choreographer Pavel Zustiak teams up with famed video artist Tal Yarden exposing postmortem ecstasy somewhere between a dream and a memory entitled Le Petit Mort. Raw, unsettling, emotionally charged images ask questions that are ultimately unanswerable – questions of the matters of the end. Scenes of disquieting stillness and agitation, haunting traces of life past living, will leave a residue that can’t be washed off.
In the first full production of her original work, Bessie Award-winner and beloved downtown actress Okwui Okpokwasili spins a modern multi-character folktale. In it, she portrays a woman in exile who sees and seeks revenge as a way of reconciling her present impoverished condition with the belief that she’s a direct descendant of the sun. Interweaving legacy and the loss of old tongues, rituals and original songs, and a good old attempt to get a grip, the story sheds new light on traditional spells and third world brothels, and transforms every scratch & win ticket into a lucky one. Pent Up: A Revenge Dance, was presented as a work-in-progress in 2006 by 651 ARTS as part of their annual Salon 651 series.
Momma is a new play about making sorry excuses for bad behavior. He was adopted; she developed young. Her mom was a yo-yo dieter; his dad cheated. Now they’re all grown-up, married and want kids of their own. It’s all fun and games until someone gets shot. Two couples-mirror images of each other-explore the effects of genetics, sexual dysfunction and recreational drug use in this darkly comic, totally non-linear take on American family life