PICA Takes Manhattan

GONE BUT NOT FORGOTTEN It’s been a few weeks now that we’ve all been back in the office after our trip to New York, but we’re still thinking of and talking about and hashing out all of the work that we saw there. With the APAP conference, the Under the Radar, COIL, and American Realness Festivals, countless presenter showcases, and dozens of open rehearsals and “speed-dating” pitches, there are literally hundreds of performances running day and night through the first two weeks of January, and we didn’t even make it to Pee Wee Herman’s Broadway comeback! Then, factor in day-long treks through the Met, New Museum, Whitney, and galleries across the city, and bowl upon bowl of spicy Chinese soups, and you’ve got the basis for some serious art indigestion. It was overwhelming, really, but thankfully we’ve cross-trained (ahem, TBA) for this kind of marathon. Here’s a bit of what we encountered on stage, in galleries, and at the peripheries. Put another way, these are the sights, sounds, and performances that we’re still processing.

Between myself, Erin, Cathy, Kristan, Victoria, Jessica, and Scott, we covered:

Vivi Tellas Rabbi Rabino
Jack Ferver Rumble Ghost
Brian Rogers Selective Memory
Palissimo The Painted Bird | Bastard
Ishmael Houston-Jones, Chris Cochrane and Dennis Cooper THEM
Keith Hennessey Crotch
John Jasperse/James McGinn Janitors of Lunacy
Kyle Abraham Live! The Realist MC work-in-progress
Faye Driscoll snake dog dragon work-in-progress
Miguel Gutierrez HEAVENS WHAT HAVE I DONE
Luciana Achugar PURO DESEO
Neal Medlyn BRAVE NEW GIRL (…Her’s a Queen Part ii, the Hannah Montana, Miley Cyrus part)
Trajal Harrel Twenty Looks or Paris is Burning at The Judson Church
Belarus Free Theater Being Harold Pinter
Berlin Bonanza
Kettly Noël and Nelisiwe Xaba Correspondances
Teatro en el Blanco Diciembre
Reggie Watts/Tommy Smith Dutch A/V
Gob Squad’s Kitchen (You Never Had it So Good)
2boys.tv Phobophilia
Betontanc and Umka LV Show Your Face!
Motus Too Late! Antigone (contest #2)
Collectif << ildi ! eldi >> Vice Versa

Zachary Oberzan Your Brother. Remember?
Gate Theatre/BarryMcGovern/Tom Creed Watt by Samuel Beckett
National Theatre of the USA The Golden Veil
Danspace Project Showcase
Joyce Soho Artist in Residence Showcase
Ragamala Dance Showcase
Asphalt Orchestra and Ethel
GlobalFest
Big Dance Theater Supernatural Wife
Banana Bag and Bodice Beowulf
Zoe Scofield/Juniper Shuey A Crack in Everything work-in-progress
Dean Moss Nameless Forest
Nature Theater of Oklahoma The Life and Times open rehearsal
Shana Moulton Whispering Pines 10

Seriously. And this was all in about four-and-a-half days.

This is what it sounded like:



Nirvana – Something in the Way (Keith Hennessey, Crotch)

Emmylou Harris – Wayfaring Stranger (Keith Hennessey, Crotch)

Craig Armstrong – Wake Up in New York (Keith Hennesse,y Crotch)

Moon River (Slater Bradley & Ed Lachman: Shadow, screened at the Whitney Museum; originally in Breakfast at Tiffany’s)

Strangers in the Night (Slater Bradley & Ed Lachman: Shadow, screened at the Whitney Museum; and in Belarus Free Theater, Being Harold Pinter)

Beastie Boys – Flute Loop (subway performer)

Cee-Lo – Fuck You (danced to by the PICA staff at UtR after-party at Chinatown Brasserie)

Lauryn Hill – Whatever she damn well pleases to sing.
(overheard everywhere)

Lil Wayne – Lollipop (heard in Cafe Grumpy)

Rolling Stones – As tears go by (Gob Squad)

The Beatles – A Day in the Life (Gob Squad)

Nico – These Days (John Jasperse)

Nico – Nieblungen (John Jasperse)

The Buggles – Video Killed the Radio Star (Zachary Oberzan, Your Brother, Remember?)

Bobby Vinton – Mr. Lonely (Too late! Antigone)

Blossom Dearie – Satin Doll (in Correspondances)

Eurythmics – These Dreams (in Correspondances)

Jack Ferver – Rumble Ghost

Chris Cochrane – Soundtrack to THEM, by Ishamel Houston-Jones & Dennis Cooper

Tribe Called Quest – Electric Relaxation (because it’s New York homegrown)

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