Performance Space 122 Announces Productions for 2009

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Venice Saved, Yessified and Chautauqua are among the productions on that will be seen at Performance Space 122 during the first half of 2009.

In addition to several world premieres, PS 122 has announced the extension of four productions that will be presented as part of the 2009 COIL festival of new works, which runs Jan. 6-13, 2009.

The previously announced U.S. premiere of Ella Hickson's Eight, a candid look at characters from the fringe of society, runs Jan. 6-25, 2009. Hickson will direct a cast that features Alice Bonifacio, Simon Ginty, Ishbel McFarlane, Holly McLay, Solomon Mousley, Henry Peters, Gwennie Von Einseidel and Michael Whitham.

Dublin's Pan Pan presents The Crumb Trail Jan. 15-17, 2009. Part performance, part installation, the work is described as "the death of the Fairy Tale. It's a detective story, sharp and blunt. Detecting where we are at – but in the dark. Can we not engage with reality anymore? Ice caps are melting and I'm watching people I don't know on 'I'm A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here.' It is Hamlet, it is Hansel and Gretel. They're all dead lost."

Architecting, a co-presentation with COIL and the Public's Under the Radar festival, will run Jan. 22-Feb. 15, 2009. Created by The TEAM and the National Theatre of Scotland, Architecting is "a musical, time-bending multimedia requiem for modern America that weaves through the country's past, present and future. Athletic physicality crashes against text and hoop skirts in this saga about the reconstruction of nations and selves."

The final extended COIL production is Okwui Okpokwasili's Pent Up: A Revenge Dance, running Feb. 10-22, 2009. In the world premiere, Okpokwasili "spins a modern multi-character folktale. In it, she portrays a woman in exile that sees and seeks revenge as a way of reconciling her present impoverished condition with the belief that she's a direct descendant of the sun." National Theater of the United States of America will present the world premiere of Chautauqua, running Feb. 21-March 15, 2009. "Channeling the form and style of the original Chautauqua Lectures through their own inimitable aesthetic and theatrical rhythm, NTUSA combines lecture, debate, scientific demonstration and tales of explorers with more traditional forms of entertainment such as dance, dramatic recital, feats of strength, and joke telling."

A world premiere from David Levine and CiNE, entitled Venice Saved: A Seminar, runs March 21-April 5, 2009. The work is described as "a performance piece that takes theater as its topic. Truly interactive theater (ugh). Performance as education. A performance about the nature of performance (ugh)."

Yessified, a world premiere from Sally Silvers, will be presented March 22-29, 2009. "Whiteness is on the hook and down for the hybrid. Silvers answers the seductive call of a stable/single racial life by outing and othering it," according to press notes. The work will feature Javier Cardona, Alan Good, Sara Beth Higgins, Takemi Kitamura, Alejandra Martorell, Miriam Parker, Julia Planine-Troiani, Marion Ramirez, Keith Sabado and Sally Silvers.

Object Collection offers the world premiere of Problem Radical(s) April 25-May 10, 2009. "An experimental opera, Problem Radical(s) mixes everyday radical acts, a sprawling sculpture, massive inflating tarps, industrious performers, and hardcore noise. Performers navigate an ever-expanding, unstable installation. Musicians and singers reassemble the modular electronic and instrumental score, evoking American radical thinkers, civic activists, and maneuverable personal blimps.”

Yet-to-be-titled works from Octavio Campos (April 9-19, 2009), Jennifer Miller (April 25-May 10, 2009), Megan Sprenger/mvworks (May 2009) and the International Contemporary Ensemble (May 2009) are also on the bill for spring productions at PS 122.

Tickets are available by phoning (212) 352-3101 or by visiting PS122.

PS 122 is located in Manhattan at 150 1st Avenue at East 9th Street.

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