Europe is the toast of P.S. 122 with its celebration of performance work from Great Britain, Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands, running Oct. 18-31. The Tiger Lillies, part punk, part cabaret, sing their music hall religious mass-folk rock ballads Oct. 18 and 25. Currently performing their version of Shockheaded Peter at the New Victory Theatre through Oct. 31, the Lillies are touring the United States and can be seen -albeit briefly -- in a brothel scene in the movie "Plunkett and MacLane," for which they provided three soundtrack tunes: "Hell," "Sailors" and "Whore."
Other international offerings at P.S. 122 include:
• Once banned for its sensuality, Bela Bartok's expressionist The Miraculous Mandarin will run Oct. 21-24, presented as a Chinese opera by Belgium's Grace Ellen Barkey. Barkey directs and choreographs the piece which features Eduardo Torroja, Misha Downey, Tijen Lawton, Muriel Herault and Simon Versnel.
• The final chapter of James Joyce's "Ulysses" provides the text for Viviane De Muynck's Also Viviane, running Oct. 22-23. In a lengthy interior monologue, Molly Bloom examines her life memories from past lovers to her current situation, eventually coming to represent all womanhood. De Muynck portrays Bloom in this hour-long piece she created and adapted with Jan Lauwers.
• The final offering will be Voices by Theatergroep Hollandia, Oct. 26-30. Jeroen Willems stars in this solo piece that takes the writings of Italian filmmaker Pier Paolo Pasolini and the speeches of Shell International chairman Cor Herkstrter and turns the intellectual into an industrialist and the industrialist into a criminal. Johan Simons directs. Tickets are $20-$15 and are available by calling (212) 477-5288. P.S. 122 is located at 150 Frist Avenue and on the web at http://www.ps122.org. The Tiger Lillies can be found on the web at http://www.tigerlillies.com.
-- By Christine Ehren