Come join us in the Experimental to celebrate the endurance of downtown performance art with this year’s host, the legendary Carmelita Tropicana, as well as Erin Markey, Macy Rodman, and Raul de Nieves.
05/08/15 - 05/09/15
The Tectonics Festival provides a rare forum for the critical consideration of new developments in contemporary composition, with explorations of improvisation, interdisciplinary collaboration, and experimental performance practice from an international array of emerging and established composers.
From the Horse's Mouth celebrates Murray Louis, dancer, choreographer, teacher, mentor, and overall force of nature, who with Alwin Nikolais helped to shape the heart and history of dance at Henry Street Settlement.
05/01/15 - 05/02/15
A tribute to the 100th Anniversary of the Abrons’ Playhouse, this edition of Avant-Garde-Arama features artists who have helped to build the legacy of 21st Century performance, along with their picks for the next generation of groundbreaking, edge cutting, legacy making artists.
04/28/15 - 05/17/15
A story of an extended family of sharecroppers who are visited, interviewed, and photographed by two live-in reporters from the “Big City” and also possibly by an ancient Mesopotamian sage. Let Us Now Praise Susan Sontag is inspired by the work of James Agee and Walker Evans as well as Sontag's essay 'On Photography,' the journals of Symbolist painter Odilon Redon, The NEW American Machinists’ Handbook, the ancient Assyrian mythological seals in the JP Morgan Collection, and a couple of Broadway musicals.
04/15/15 - 04/25/15
I Understand Everything Better examines a man on his death bed, a meteorologist reporting from within a storm, and a great actor who might be performing a Kabuki play about a dying man in a great storm.
Whether performing a new work by The National’s Bryce Dessner or a classic by Steve Reich, Sō Percussion’s “exhilarating blend of precision and anarchy, rigor and bedlam” (The New Yorker) is always a great show.
As part of their current season dedicated to Carolee Schneemann, The Artist's Institute presents a concert of rarely performed works by composer James Tenney (1934-2006), Schneemann's romantic and creative partner during the first decade of her career.