John Fleck was one of the the many talented performers to perform at PS122’s “Avant-Garde-Arama” presented at Abrons Arts Center. For more information on John Fleck go HERE.
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!
RCo-Hostesses Erin Markey and Penny Arcade start the show off right.
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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!
Here is a video of the last Avant-Garde-Arama performance that was presented at that site.
Here is a compilation video I made from photographs and video I shot at the Friday, June 17th AGA. It has the stills from the show embedded in the video of the finale WRECKING BALL! It was a great show. Murray Hill hosted the evening. Very Funny! The following performers were on hand to add pizazz to the night’s festivities.
Tom Murrin (the Alien Comic), Tigger, John Kelly, Lucy Sexton (the Factress), The Dazzle Dancers, Julie Atlas Muz, Hank and Cupcakes. The show finished with a accordion solo by Geo and everyone sang the Ethyl Eichelberger song ‘We Are Women Who Survive”.
In the basement was the Lori E. Seid cafe.
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Andrew Schneider is a multimedia artist, designer, and performer living in New York City. He is the co-founder and Associate Artistic Director of the Chicago-based theatre company, BigPictureGroup. His solo performance work has been seen at P.S.122, The Prelude Festival, Monkey Town, and The Tank. His multimedia devices have been featured in Wired, TimeOut NY, Maker Faire, SIGGRAPH, The Telfair Museum of Art, and at the Center Pompidou in Paris. His Solar Bikini has been featured internationally. His current projects include Experimental Devices for Performance (.com) and Acting Stranger (.com). Andrew Holds a Masters Degree in Interactive Telecommunications from NYU. Find out more at
Below is a list of ‘Highlights’ from the 2013 posts.
The categories are all here. Vaudevisuals Interviews, Clown UnMask, Performance documentation, Silent Movies etc.
November 2013 marked the 4th Year Anniversary of Vaudevisuals.com. Looking forward to what 2014 will bring!
Tammy Faye Starlite @ Joe’s Pub
Circus Panel Discussion – From Egypt to Eloise @ La Maison Francaise.
Vaudevisuals Interview with Glen Heroy – Talking about Santa
Vaudevisuals Interview with Phoebe Legere
Vaudevisuals Interview with storyteller Slash Coleman
1922 Max Fleischer Animation – Koko Bubbles
Vaudevisuals Interview with Ryan Landry – The Gold Dust Orphans
Vaudevisuals Interview with Bushwick Starr Artistic Director – Noel Allain
‘tinydangerousfun’ at Cloud City
Vaudevisuals Interview with Jeff Wirth – Interactive Acting
Scandinavian Clown group ‘Member of our Limbs’ performs at Amuse Bouche
‘The Sister Rosettas’ perform at IRT Theater
Vaudevisuals interview with Celebration Barn board member Fritz Grobe
Vaudevisuals interview with Hilary Chaplain
Vaudevisuals interview with actor Jeremy Crutchley and director Geoffrey Hyland
Vaudevisuals interview with Josh Luxenberg – Co-founder of The Tank
Vaudevisuals Interview with Steven Samuels – ‘Magnetic Field Theater Company’
Kinematik Dance Company performs at The Fringe Festival
Vaudevisuals Interview with Lone Wolf Tribe Artistic Director Kevin Augustine
Vaudevisuals interview with Svea Schnider – Kinematik Dance Company
Vaudevisuals interview with ‘La Piara’ – Mexico City based Clown Troupe
Vaudevisuals Interview with Ben Model – Ernie Kovacs DVD Curator
Alfred Hitchcock’s films BLACKMAIL and EASY VIRTUE.
Vaudevisuals Interview with Clay McCleod Chapman
Charlie Chaplin’s first silent film “Making a Living”.
“Juggle This” – Miller Theater @ Columbia University
Vaudevisuals Interview with Gregg Mozgala – Apothetae Theater Company
“Strange for Hire” at Times Scare with Todd Robbins
Kawana Trio – Foot Jugglers circa 1919.
Tom Murrin Performance Awards @ Dixon Place
The Clown Un_Mask – Didi Sanchezco from Mexico
Vaudevisuals interview with Rob Drummond – Bullet Catch @ 59E59 Theaters
PS122 ‘Avant-Garde-Arama’ at Abrons Arts Center
Pierre Etaix films @ Film Forum
Vaudephone – Michael Townsend Wright performing ‘Smith and Dale’.
Vaudevisuals interview with Kendall Cornell – Oil of Ole’.
The Clown Un_Mask – Avner the Eccentric
Vaudevisuals interview with Armitage Shanks
Bill Irwin and David Shiner in “Old Hats” at Signature Theater
Marcel Marceau teaches at City Center – June 1999
Vaudevisuals interview with performance group ANIMALS.
Vaudevisuals interview with magician Albert Cadabra
PS 122 – COIL FESTIVAL – The Curator’s Piece -Video excerpt
Vaudevisuals interview with Nancy Giles
Peggy Shaw solo performance at Dixon Place – “RUFF”…
The Big Apple Circus _ LEGENDARIUM _ Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts.
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HAPPY NEW YEAR
Bill Schaffner talks about his beginning work as a stage manager in California to working with Tom Murrin (Alien Comic) and the Full Moon Show in New York.
For more information on Bill go here:
The lineup for Sat night’s show was as follows:
Unitard – Mike Albo, Nora Burns and David IIku
Jeremy X Halpern
Andrew Schneider (YOUARENOTHERE)
[title of show] includes Susan Blackwell, Hunter Bell, Jeff Bowen, Heidi Blickenstaff, Larry Pressgrove, Michael Berresse
Here are some images from Saturday evening’s show.
The Avant Garde Arama ‘dancers’ perform the Tom Mob dance.
Celebrating the Full Moon of Tom Murrin with one of his routines performed on Sat. night.
CoHosts Mike Iverson and Lucy Sexton
Chris Tanner performing a monolog followed by a song.
Unitard Comedy group performing at Avant Garde Arama
Steve Buscemi featured in Jo Andres film “When the Curtain Comes Down” based on a song by Diana Krall.
Laurie Berg dances up a sultry storm.
[title of show] /Now. Here. This. – Original Cast members.
Andrew Schneider performing with interactive electronics.
Cohost Lucy Sexton introducing the next act.
Production/Stage manager Lori E. Seid shows PS122 Director Vallejo Gartner that his time is up to finish his beer.
Dixon Place founder and Director Ellie Covan explains the new ‘TOMMY” awards to the audience.
R. Sikoryak reads from Moby Dick for this ’40secondstreet’ piece. One one leg!
Alice Krugler performs a ’40secondstreet’ segment.
Salley May talks about the ’40secondstreet’ segment to the audience.
Gary Ray performs in ’40secondstreet’ segment to get something ‘off his chest’ as he explained to me later!
A regular at the ‘Avant-Garde-Arama’ for many years, Helen dances up a storm for the audience. (she is 90 yrs old)
The audience went wild when Helen was dancing on stage.
Mimi Goese performs a beautiful song and performance piece to music by Kevin Macleod and How How.
Nurse Baby Aspargus towering of the body of Lucy Sexton. (Cohosts of the show)
The Operating Theater Company (with Jason Schuler) performed a hysterical ‘hippie cast’ play.
James (Tigger) Ferguson performed a wild and crazy ‘boylesque’ piece with smashing apples together that covered the front row audience members.
Last night was the first night of two ‘Avant-Garde-Arama‘ presented at the lovely Abrons Arts Center in the Lower East Side.
A Tribute to the late downtown luminary performance artist Tom Murrin, aka Alien Comic, in celebreation of his 28 years of performing in Avant-Garde-Arama.
The lineup was amazing!
Brave Nude World Study #1: Etude en Nude -Directed by Lulie Atlas Muz
Here are some images from the evenings festivities.
Salley May with Louise Belle Ethyl May and Annabel Clare Sexton Daldry.
CoHost Jonathan Ames does one of his ‘hairy calls’.
Dynasty Handbag cohosted the show with Jonathan Ames.
Starting off the “Brave Nude World Study” piece was Mat Fraser singing an amazingly beautiful song.
Julie Atlas Muiz on stage photographing the ‘Etude en Nude’ dancers.
Alice Klugherz performing on stage in a monolog followed by dance.
Dynasty Handbag had the audience in laughter with her wild dance improv.
Cornelius Loy mesmerized the audience with his therimin music and hypnotic stare.
David Leslie dances in a space suit as Tom looks on from the moon.
Avant-Garde-Arama curator Salley May host the ’40seondStreet’ segment of the show.
Audience member dances for himself with audience watching but not hearing the music.
James Godwin performs a ‘bunraku’ style puppet piece.
Elevator Repair Service curtain call after their play.
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Avant-Garde-Arama curator Salley May (with Louise Belle Ethyl May and Annabel Clare Sexton Daldry) and a host of other wonderful fans of Tom Murrin get together and dance to celebrate his legacy and performance work at "Avant-Garde-Arama'.
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James Godwin as ‘Uncle Jimmy’ MC’ing the PS122 Benefit in 2011.
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