Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Report: PS 122 returns to the East Village in January

Performance Space 122 will return to its newly renovated home on First Avenue and Ninth Street in January.

As Playbill noted, PS 122 will inaugurate the refurbished space with the 13th Coil Festival from Jan. 10 to Feb. 4.

And the Times has a rundown on other 2018 highlights, including the debut of a semiannual themed series of performances:

It begins with an exhibition, marathon reading and more events inspired by the neighborhood’s punk culture of the 1970s and ’80s and in tribute to the postmodern punk writer Kathy Acker, who died in 1997. The space has also commissioned new works from the choreographers Sarah Michelson and Yve Laris Cohen, who will create a site-specific piece for the organization’s new theater.

Other performances include a revival of “Them,” which had its brazen debut at Performance Space 122 in 1986 in response to the AIDS crisis, featuring the choreographer Ishmael Houston-Jones, the guitarist Chris Cochrane and the writer Dennis Cooper.

PS 122, which opened in the former school in 1980, has been presenting performances from other venues since gut renovations — including the addition of an elevator, new stairwells and full ADA compliance — started in February 2013 at the 122 Community Center. New amenities for PS 122 include two state-of-the-art theaters. They also have a new executive artistic director in Jenny Schlenzka.

The building will also house the Alliance for Positive Change, Mabou Mines, Painting Space 122, and a fifth tenant to be announced.

Previously on EV Grieve:
Here's the sidewalk bridge-free corner of 9th Street and 1st Avenue — and the 122 Community Center

Come along on a tour of the under-renovation 122 Community Center on 1st Avenue


Anonymous said...

Si glad to see the mess around this building disappear.

cmarrtyy said...

A jewel in our tarnished and sullied crown.

sam_the_man said...

They've brilliantly timed this to open on the exact day the last artist leaves the neighborhood...