Performance Space 122, long a Manhattan mainstay of experimental, performance art and dance works, has announced its schedule for January 1997, which includes a goat, a rooster, a drag queen, and squeaky chairs.
First up is Scott Heron's The Goat Story, the third chapter of his collaboration with instrument maker and composer, Leslie Ross. In this music/dance/theatre piece, Cathy Weis makes a special appearance doing "the dance of the guardian angel." Goat Story runs Jan. 16-19.
Next up is Cab Legs, the latest work by the theatre ensemble Elevator Repair Service. A work-in-progrss, Cab Legs will combine broad physicality drawn from Indian cinema and Max Fleischer cartoons, with "intensely intimate, hyper-real performance style." This will also be the first ERS piece with some degree of conventional dramatic text. It runs Jan. 23-Feb. 2 in preparation for a European tour.
Also playing Jan. 23-Jan. 26 is Red Light Roosters, a "naked and aggressively sensual evening of dance, poetry, song and video." This piece, by choreographer/director George Stamos, tries to show what really goes on between male hustlers and their clients. Dancers Krylon and Gerardo Espinosa, actor Bill Rice, and singers James F. Murphy and Little Annie, will add to the mix.
Ending the month will be Linda Simpson's The Tranny Chase, a dark comedy about romantic obstacles that face female impersonators. "From backstage dressing rooms to midnight bedroom encounters...a transgendered underground where the slang for drag queens and transvestites is `trannys' and the men who lust after them are called `trannychasers.'" Based on actual events, Tranny runs Jan. 30-Feb. 2 and will be directed by Ridiculous Theatrical Company alumnus, Eureka.
For tickets and information on shows at P.S. 122 on First Avenue, call (212) 477-5829.
--By David Lefkowitz