Alexandra Tatarsky
Sad Boys in Harpy Land

10–18 March 2023

Alexandra Tatarsky collages narratives of artmaking and despair into a semi-autobiographical tour-de-farce, as told by a young Jewish woman who thinks she is a small German boy who thinks he is a tree. Equal parts sad clown, demented cabaret, and extended crisis of meaning, this unhinged solo takes place in the hellscape of the mind.


Image by Maria Baranova



“A hilarious, finely tuned absurdist” (Theater Jones) and “one of the most exciting and hilarious performance artists around” (ArtSpace), Alexandra Tatarsky makes performances in the uncomfortable in-between zone of performance art, dance-theater, comedy and deluded rant. Playing with perceptions of language and narrative structure, their live performances are highly responsive to venue and audience, often breaking the fourth wall and embracing humor to reveal vulnerability and humanity. Tatarsky has performed original solo works at MoMA PS1, La MaMa, The Kitchen, The Brick, The Glove and many bars and basements.


Sad Boys in Harpy Land is commissioned by Abrons Arts Center through the Performance AIRspace Residency Program, which is supported by the Jerome Foundation. Additional support for the show is through the Mertz Gilmore Foundation’s Late-Stage Stipend Program. Portions of this show were developed as part of artist residencies at The Kitchen (NY) and FringeArts (PA).