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.
Velocity (once called Velo/City) has previously been seen in New York City, in various forms, at Nada, the Present Company Theatorium and P.S. 122. 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 Randall Wreghitt.
In preparation for a possible future commercial run, the show will play two shows at the Guggenheim Museum on Manhattan's Upper East Side, as part of the "Works & Process at the Guggenheim" series.
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.
Tickets are $18. The Guggenheim is located at 1071 Fifth Avenue and 89th Street. For information, call (212) 423-3587. —By Robert Simonson