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 Velo/City, Parallel Exit's performance piece, which holds sway at Walker Space (46 Walker Street) in Manhattan, June 14-July 2, officially opening June 16. Velo/City -- which has previously been seen in New York City at Nada, the Present Company Theatorium and P.S. 122 -- is the creation of the Toronto-born company, featuring 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.
Previous Parallel Exit efforts include White/Jump/Noise, which was named "Best of Fest" at the 1997 New York International Fringe Festival.
Tickets are $12. For information, call (212) 662-1080.
--By Robert Simonson