Performance Piece Velocity Gets NYC Workshop Feb. 5-6

News   Performance Piece Velocity Gets NYC Workshop Feb. 5-6 They punch adding machines. They toss their briefcases around like juggling pins. They dress alike, right down to their black, horn-rim glasses and neon green ties. They're the kinetic office drones at the center of Velocity, the performance piece which has bopped around the world for the past few years.

The work will get an invitation-only viewing at the Lamb's Theatre in Manhattan on Feb. 5 and 6. The two dates are the culmination of a four week workshop. Velocity (once called Velo/City) has previously been seen in New York City, in various forms, at Nada, the Present Company Theatorium, P.S. 122 and Walker Space. Most recently, it held sway at Walker Space. In 2000. Since then, it has debuted at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, taking home a "Spirit of the Fringe" award and a commercial producer in the person Randall Wreghitt.

The show is the creation of actors Scott Ardizzone, John Socas and Brian Torrell, and director Mark Lonergan. The work follows three business types as they make their way through an anonymous day with an energy, exuberance and sense of choreography totally out of keeping with their hum drum activities. The silent work uses techniques from vaudeville, silent film and acrobatics.

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