PS122's COIL Festival Kicks Off Today With Boundary-Defying Works

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Performance Space 122 kicks off its 11th annual COIL festival Jan. 5. The event is the largest to date, featuring premiere dance, theatre and performance pieces. Included in the line-up is a new theatrical work exploring confirmation bias and racism co-created by Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812 director Rachel Chavkin.

COIL runs through Jan. 17 at various locations throughout New York City.

Chavkin presents a new work developed with U.K. performer Chris Thorpe titled Confirmation. The work draws from conversations with a right-wing leader in the U.K. and examines political discourse and "Confirmation Bias." Performances run Jan. 13-17 at The Invisible Dog Art Center in Brooklyn.

Highlights of the festival include Annie Dorsen's Yesterday Tomorrow. Beginning with the Beatles song "Yesterday," the director presents a concert that breaks down the music and gradually reconstructs it into "Tomorrow" from Annie. Performances run Jan. 13-16 at La MaMa's Ellen Stewart Theater.

The festival's slate of theatrical works also features a newly devised piece by Wooster Group and Elevator Repair Service regular Kaneza Schaal titled Go Forth, which blends performance and photo installation; Frank Boyd’s The Holler Sessions, an interactive experience featuring a Kansas City DJ and his love of jazz music; and various works featuring Australian artists thanks to the festival's cultural exchange program. 

For the festival's complete line-up and to purchase tickets, visit

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