The OPENING of the PS122 building after years of renovation proved to be worth the wait!
The two new spaces – Derek Lloyd stage and Neilma Sidney Theatre – were utilized for the OPENING NIGHT ‘Avant-Garde-Arama.’
Here are my images and video from the AGA Extravaganza on this night!
Opening the show in the Derek Lloyd Stage was Pat Oleszko and her beautiful inflatables.
The theater was packed for the AGA show in the Derek Lloyd theater.
Salley May and the ensemble players bust open the place with a great song and dance exorcism.
Mediums: Jacqueline Zahora, Pedro J. Rosado Jr.
Pure Evil: Salley May and Tony Stinkmetal
Kid Evil-Slayers: Louise May, Annabel Sexton-Daldry, Graham Greene, Lois Houck, and Logan Martinez.
Ghosts: Heidi Dorow, Laurie Berg, Agosto Machado, Nicky Paraiso, Annie Lanzillotto, Simba Yangala, Audrey Kindred, Jodi Bender, Sarah Trignano, Diana Y Greiner, Ed Boland, Jessie Weiner, Lizzie Donahue, Julian Fleisher, David Thorpe, and Sam Zalutsky
ERIN MARKEY’S RAINBOW CAVERNS: GREATEST HITS OF ALL TIME INCLUDING THE FUTURE!
Erin Markey’s show is so much fun! From her stories to her songs to her antics on stage – the audience was enjoying every minute of this “Greatest Hits”.
Luckily I was in the front row leaning on the stage. Here are some shots for this wonderful show.
Erin sang many wonderful songs from her shows.
The other woman in (Girl Group) the show sang a chorus with beautiful voices.
The emotions that she evokes during her songs are so heartfelt.
Becca Blackwell and Erin Markey singing a fight between them.
Notes from the Program:
What we’re trying to say is that Erin Markey and co-composer Emily Bate will present musical excerpts from their critically acclaimed musical A Ride On The Irish Cream (2016)*, slow-jam cabaret funeral Boner Killer (2017), and in-development Beach Boys/Spice Girls inspired energy concert Little Surfer (2019). They wouldn’t dare do it by themselves, though. With them are a rock band, a girl group, infamous schmerm/lover Becca Blackwell and many disgusting exceptions to Markey’s no-sequins rule in the costume department. The audience is invited to watch as Erin’s comedic storytelling melts into gorgeous harmony-driven music, but guaranteed: Erin will turn her wild eye on you and give you a slumber party command you don’t dare disobey.
On May 1st and 2nd Abrons Arts Center hosted the ever so popular PS122 show Avant-Garde-Arama. Curated by Salley May and featuring numerous downtown performance artist. Friday night was hosted by Erin Markey and Penny Arcade and Sat night was hosted by Erin Markey and Carmelita Tropicana. The list of performers is as follows:
Friday night: Jennifer Miller & John Jasperse, Animals, niv Acosta, Theodora Skipitares, Rebecca Patek, The Ballez by Katy Pyle, Ismael Houston-Jones.
Sat night: John Fleck, Uzi Parnes and Ela Troyano, Half Straddle, Martha Wilson, Travis Chamberlain (for Jennifer Monsoon) Holly Hughes, Jack Ferver, Yin Yue Dance and the Institute for Psychogeographic Adventure.
This video is the OPENING sequence of both nights!
Here are some memorable images from both nights!
Salley May busts thru the “Social Reform” tissue and starts to cause havoc to society.
RCo-Hostesses Erin Markey and Penny Arcade start the show off right.
Representing ‘Movement Research’ – Jennifer Miller and John Jasperse in a dance duo.
Representing Dixon Place – ‘Animals’ performance group.
Representing PS122 – niv Acosta performed a ‘sing along’ with the audience.
Representing LaMama – Theodora Skipitares was projected on a video screen while 2 puppeteers performed on stage.
Representing BAX – The Ballez Dance duo with Katy Pyle
Representing Movement Research – Ishmael Houston-Jones dance a wonderful solo blindfolded.
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Carmelita Tropicana and Erin Markey hosted the Saturday night show with Salley May pitching in.
Representing LaMama – John Fleck performed a lovely solo with flashlight and courage.
Representing The Bushwick Starr – Emile Owens performed a solo on behalf of Half Straddle.
Representing Franklin Furnace – Martha Wilson performed as Tipper Gore.
Representing The New Museum – Travis Chamberlain (for Jennifer Monson) charmed the audience into moving in the theater.
Representing WOW – Holly Hughes performed a monolog.
Representing Abrons Arts Center – Jack Ferver with Reid Bartelme performed a ‘spoken word’ dance duo.
Representing Russell Projects – Yin Yue Dance company did a beautiful piece.
Also present in the show was:
Representing The Chocolate Factory – Rebecca Patek
Representing The Performing Garage/Wooster Group – The Institute for Psychogeographic Adventure
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Video of John Fleck, Yin Yue Dance, Half Straddle, Jack Ferver and Martha Wilson to coming soon!
I found an early afternoon to chat with performer Erin Markey at her home in Brooklyn. She is one of my favorite women in the performance art/cabaret/singer/dancer genres. Here she talks about her upcoming show at Joe's Pub (SOLD OUT) and the amazing talent she is working with in this production. Kenny Mellman/Ben Rimalower. She talks about her performances with company HALF STRADDLE and JENNIFER MILLER. New York Times calls her "magnetic diva agression".
“The Golden Racket” Inspired by the mayhem of the 2009 New York State Senate the political flip-floppery of Hiram Monsertte and Pedro Espada, “The Golden Racket” follows the adventures of the women behind the men as they set out to enact a certain necessary revenge. Double crossings, intrigue, high camp, and heartbreak come together in this tragic farce of power, greed, democracy, lust and…tennis?
La MaMa in association with Circus Amok presents a new comic play by Jennifer Miller, “The Golden Racket” Inspired by the mayhem of the 2009 New York State Senate the political flip-floppery of Hiram Monsertte and Pedro Espada, “The Golden Racket” follows the adventures of the women behind the men as they set out to enact a certain necessary revenge. Double crossings, intrigue, high camp, and heartbreak come together in this tragic farce of power, greed, democracy, lust and…tennis?
To introduce the show we had an ‘back to school’ musical number with a wonderful cast!
Who is the strange draped person with the wild platform shoes? (Tom Murrin)
The ‘Hostess with the Most’ crashes thru the paper wall. SALLEY MAY!
Tom Murrin, Woman’s name?(kids names?) slay the Back to School monster.
The featured artist to present on Friday night was Julie Atlas Muz.
“The Cleaning Lady Has Something to Say (Part 1)”.
After cleaning 15 years worth of decadent living, eyelashes, empty bottles of champagne, full ashtrays, used condoms, spilt nail polish bottles and broken chandeliers, one of Ms. Muz’s alter egos has had enough of living in the background. The Cleaning Lady is a brutal, tough, formal and clean perspective. Nothing messy. Full-frontal dance. Nothing dirty. Artists performing include: Lauri Hogan, Darlinda Just Darlinda, Dirty Martini, Ede Thurell, Bunny Love, Kenball Zwerin, Antonio Ramos, Saori Tsukada and Jeremy X. Halpern.
Erin Markey was wild in her piece.
Jenn Harris has a song to sing about her special friend ‘Surprise’.
She insisted on collecting donations for his little ‘labia’ less doll.
Special Guest for the evening were KITTY LITTER
(featuring Sarah Spagnola and Danika Yarosh)
Bridgett Everett with Kitty Litter singing up a storm.
What tough little ladies they were that night!
Salley May introduces the show that she organizes and has been for the past 2o years.
One of the audience favorites at Avant-Garde evening is the 40 Second Street segment.
Audience members can ‘sign up’ to perform after intermission for 40 seconds!
Here are a few from those nights!
He is dancing at every AGA for the past several years!