Going ‘Under’

Written by Esther Semo on . Posted in Posts, Theater.


Phobophilia
Jan. 5-9, HERE, 145 6th Ave. (at Dominick St.), 212-647-0202; $20.

Artists Aaron Pollard and Stephen Lawson make up 2boys.tv, a theater troupe that creates interactive pieces to take its audience on a journey through their own emotions. This piece questions the role of the poet in an age characterized by fear. Inspired by the life and art of Jean Cocteau, the performance deals with themes of belonging, citizenship and otherness.

Stories Left to Tell
Jan. 5-11, P.S. 122, 150 1st Ave. (at E. 9th St.), 212-477-5829; $30.

Based on the unpublished work of actor, writer and monologist Spalding Gray, Stories Left to Tell is a journey through his life and his contributions. A five-person ensemble performs some of Gray’s classics as well as unpublished poems letters, diary entries and more.

Dutch A/V
Jan. 5-16, La MaMa, 74 E. 4th St. (betw. 2nd Ave. & Bowery), 212-475- 7710; $20.

The brainchild of musician, composer and writer Reggie Watts and writer/ director Tommy Smith, Dutch A/V takes the audience into the shoes of a flneur in modern day Holland. Watts and Smith traveled to Holland and shot 26 hours of film through spyglasses that recorded their every move for this multimedia piece. According to the writers, the work hopes to "re-present this footage using projection technology and stereophonic sound, turning the walls of interior spaces into portals to a foreign landscape thousands of miles away."

Gob Squad’s Kitchen
Jan. 6-8, La MaMa, 66 E. 4th St. (betw. 2nd Ave. & Bowery), 212- 475-7710; $20.

Dubbed by The Guardian as "a moving meditation on the nature of self and the unknowability of the past" and based on the Andy Warhol film of the same name, Kitchen revolves around the crazy world of underground cinema in the 1960s. In an effort to bring a piece of history to a new generation, the theater troupe, hailing from England and Germany, hopes to reflect on notions of authenticity, our future and the hidden depths beneath the shiny surfaces of modern life.

The Interminable Suicide of Gregory Church
Jan. 6-16, St. Ann’s Warehouse, 38 Water St. (at Old Dock St.), Brooklyn, 718-254-8779; $25.

In this one-man show, which hit big at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Daniel

Kitson tells the tale of a man whose plans of suicide are interrupted and postponed by all the goodbye letters he has to write.

THEM
Jan. 8-10, Abrons Art Center, 466 Grand St. (at Pitt St.), 212-598-0400; $15.

Combining dance, text and music, THEM is a collaborative work by Ishmael Houston Jones, Chris Cochrane and Dennis Cooper. The piece (whose original 1986 debut sparked enormous controversy) focuses on the lives of three young gay men and uses dance as a means of communication between the characters. The work is reflective of Jones’ signature style of choreography vivid, raw and improvisationaland is back for the second time in a year as part of CULTUREMART.

Floating Point Waves
Jan. 11, HERE, 145 6th Ave. (at Dominick St.), 212-647-0202; 9, $15.

A riveting installation of video projection, Butoh performance, water, live music and dance combined, Floating Point Waves transports the audience to a primitive state in which bodies and elements create a stunning performance. Each motion is reflected on a surface of water, which in turn affects lights and projected images. The brainchild of artists Vimena Garnica and Shinge Moriya, the piece presents the audience with the notion that the only commonality between all elements is instability.

The Walk Across America For Mother Earth
Jan. 15 & 16, La MaMa, 66 E. 4th St. (betw. 2nd Ave. & Bowery), 212-475- 7710; $20.

A collaboration between Taylor Mac, one of Downtown theater’s most talked-about performers, and the always experimental theater group The Talking Band, The Walk Across America For Mother Earth has already garnered much critical acclaim. Written by and starring Mac, Walk tells the story of a young man eager to flee his suburban roots embarks on a ninemonth walk across America, from New York to a Nevada nuclear test site.

The Strangest
Jan. 17 & 18, HERE, 145 6th Ave. (at Dominick St.), 212-647-0202; $15.

Based on the murder of the unknown Arab character midway through Albert Camus’ The Stranger, Betty Shamieh has crafted a story of the life of the mystery victim. Set in the French Algiers, CULTUREMART’s The Strangest, which has been labeled an absurdist murder mystery, tells the story of brothers vying for the affection of the same woman. Directed by Jose Zayas, The Strangest showcases Shamieh’s notorious flair for the art of conversation, once dubbed as "rich, urgent prose" by the New York Times.

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