COIL 2017

In Performance: Nicola Gunn, Piece for Person and Ghetto Blaster (COIL 2017)

  Piece for Person and Ghetto Blaster (COIL 2017) Nicola Gunn Jan 11 – 8:30pm Jan 12 – 8:30pm Jan 13 – 7:30pm Jan 14 – 5pm The Ellen Stewart Theatre @ LaMaMa – 66 East 4th Street, NY NY Piece for Person and Ghetto Blaster is Australian performer Nicola Gunn’s subversively funny moral quandry-turned-solo show. At the outset, Gunn recounts directly to us a true story: once in the not-too-distant past, while running alongside a canal in Belgium, she came upon a man throwing rocks at a sitting duck. Paralyzed by the scene, she asked herself, what should a good person do? Like any question of right and wrong, Gunn’s work is deceptively simple. Bit by bit, she carefully asks us to consider each aspect of this situation: she’s a woman, he’s a man; she’s in a foreign country, he may be ...

In Performance – Yehuda Duenyas, CVRTAIN (COIL 2017)

Yehuda Duenyas CVRTAIN January 3 5-7pm January 4-6 12-6pm January 10-15 12-6pm COIL 2017 151 Gallery 132 West 18th St CVRTAIN Employee: Have you ever had a VR experience before? Me: Not really. CVRTAIN Employee: It’s okay. This was my first, too. As the above exchange illustrates, the people working at CVRTAIN are extremely nice. They welcome you in, explain what’s going to happen, and guide you around like you’re a star. And really, you are. CVRTAIN is a VR experience in which you put on a headset and stand center stage in a huge theater in front of an audience of thousands. The theater and audience are virtual, but your actions, aided by two sensors that act as hands, produce seemingly real responses. A curtsey for the audience – nothing. A rousing wave of the hand – thunderous applause....

In Performance – Britt Hatzius, Blind Cinema (COIL 2017)

Britt Hatzius Blind Cinema January 9-12, 5:30pm COIL SVA Theatre 333 West 23rd Street, New York “It’s white. Nothing is happening… Still nothing is happening…” a high, breathy voice begins to whisper through frequent  “ums” and pauses into a black funnel pressed against my ear. This is how Britt Hatzius’ brilliant performance piece, Blind Cinema begins. The experience which has participants blindfolded in the seats of a cinema while school children sit behind and describe the film projected on the theatre’s screen, forces it’s audience to face the limits of description and utilize instead the tools of imagination and assumption. One translates what they hear from their young companion into an image entirely apart from both the rea...

IN PERFORMANCE: MOLLY LIEBER + ELEANOR SMITH – BASKETBALL (COIL 2017)

Molly Lieber + Eleanor Smith – Basketball (World Premiere) Saturday, Jan 7, 7pm Sunday, Jan 8, 4pm + 7pm Monday, Jan 9, 4pm Tuesday, Jan 10, 7pm at Howard Gilman Performance Space, Baryshnikov Arts Center, 450 West 37th Street, Manhattan Basketball is a team sport. It requires discipline and sharp focus. These virtues are exemplified when the game is played one on one. Molly Lieber and Eleanor Smith’s experimental dance piece developed over two years has the quality of an intense game of one on one. Lieber and Smith exhibit risk in subtle and eerie ways. It’s hard to know when one performer ends and the other begins. That requires an incredible amount of intimacy that is rarely seen on stage. You wonder if they are going to get through it. They are dancing for each other ...

In Performance: Forced Entertainment’s Real Magic (Coil 2017)

Forced Entertainment’s Real Magic Thursday, January 5, 6pm Friday, January 6, 3pm Saturday, January 7, 9pm Sunday, Jan 8, 12pm PS122’s COIL Festival at La MaMa, Ellen Stewart Theatre 66 East 4th Street, Manhattan Forced Entertainment’s Real Magic is simple. Three performers play a game where one functions as host and the others as contestants. Contestant #1 has three chances to guess a word Contestant #2 is thinking. If Contestant #1 fails to guess the word the three performers switch roles. It feels like your typical daytime game show you watch to pass time. The catch is the game has absolutely no stakes. There is no mention of prize or punishment if they win or lose. Yet the game retains all the signals of stakes. We randomly hear the sound of a canned audience laughing...

In Performance – Kate McIntosh, Worktable (COIL 2017)

  Kate McIntosh Worktable January 5-7, 12-8pm January 8, 11-7pm January 9, 12-8pm COIL 2017 The Invisible Dog Art Center 51 Bergen Street, Brooklyn Destruction and renewal are the central themes of Kate MctIntosh’s remarkable installation, Worktable, however the piece also inspires thoughts on legacy, process, and power within artistic expression. Simple in conception but exceptional in its execution, the experience consists of a series of rooms through which participants are led one at a time. Participants choose an object from a well-curated selection of domestic pieces (porcelain figures, globes, cut flowers, etc) and are led to a private room where they are instructed to destroy it as thoroughly as they wish (hammers, saws, scissors and more provided.) When satisfied, partic...