Downtown NY experimental artists, Elevator Repair Service, once again bring their "cheeky" mixture of theatre, dance and whispers to Manhattan for their "Somewhat Annual Benefit Party" at the Clemente Soto Cultural Center on April 3.
ERS was last seen in September at Manhattan's PS 122 in their deconstruction of Tennessee Williams' Summer and Smoke called Cab Legs. Cab Legs built off of Williams's text adding frantic choreography of Indian movie musicals, the intensity of whispered lines and a soundscape coming from distant parts of the building.
The benefit will consist of a sneak preview of the new ERS show (which will premiere at The Berliner Festochen in Germany after a workshop at PS 122), a new work by the comedy duo Premium Bob (American Style, Laguna Beach) as well as a performance by musican/designer Brian Dewan.
ERS has been playing in various downtown venues since 1991, as well as touring various European theatre festivals. Cab Legs will tour to Brussels' Kunsten Festival des Arts in May and Amsterdam's Triple X/Holland Festival in June. Proceeds from this benefit will help support their trip.
Elevator Repair Service Somewhat Annual Benefit Party will be at the Clemente Soto Cultural Center on April 3. Tickets cost $35 at the door, but only $30 if ordered in advance. For more information call the ERS Hotline at (212) 239-0650. -- By Sean McGrath