On View // A CURATED GUIDE TO JANUARY PERFORMANCE


Thanks to an annual conference for performing arts presenters this January, New York City is graced with the most daring and exciting works from artists and companies across the globe. You can practically see anything, from experimental theater to the technically proficient, as all performances are either free or come with a small price to pay. But let's be realistic, we can't make it to every show due to the broke-ness of the holidays, let alone, how hard it is to live in this whirlwind of a city. Sometimes the list gets saturated and the good stuff gets lost, too. So we made it easier for you and did the homework.

From an intimate audience of 12 to queer art, we've handpicked our top choices (but there's still so many more!) and made a curated guide for the curious and adventurous. Going to an amazing show that we failed to mention? Add it in the comments thread below! All performances are open to the public.


Photo courtesy of the artist for PS122.

Photo courtesy of the artist for PS122.

DISCOTROPIC
NIV ACOSTA
@ PS122'S COIL FESTIVAL


January 6, 8, 9 + 10
Westbeth Artists Community, 55 Bethune Street

Niv Acosta explores the intersection between Afrofuturism, queer politics and sci-fi fantasy in Discotropic, charting new territory and possibility in black presence.

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Photo courtesy UTR by  Maria Baranova

Photo courtesy UTR by  Maria Baranova

EMPLOYEE OF THE YEAR
600 HIGHWAYMEN
@ UNDER THE RADAR

January 7 to 17
Martison Hall @ The Public Theater, 425 Lafayette St

"A play with children for adults. Five young girls tell the story of J., whose house burns down, taking with it everyone and everything she has ever known. From this moment, a singular journey begins. Performed in 600 HIGHWAYMEN’s arresting theatrical style and featuring the original songs of David Cale,Employee of the Year asks what it is to find your own way through life." - Under the Radar

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Photo courtesy American Realness by Giannina Urmeneta Ottiker.

Photo courtesy American Realness by Giannina Urmeneta Ottiker.

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FERNANDO BELFIORE
@ American Realness

January 9 to 12
Underground Theater @ Abrons Arts Center, 466 Grand St

Exploring the potential of theatrical magic through an act of renewal, Fernando Belfiore leads the audience through worlds that are both "very domestic and epic, sacred to profane."

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Photo courtesy American Realness by Brian Rogers.

Photo courtesy American Realness by Brian Rogers.

Star Crap Method
Larissa Velez-Jackson
@ AMERICAN REALNESS

January 9, 10, 13, 14, 15, 17
Experimental Theater @ Abrons Arts Center, 466 Grand St
We saw a snippet of Star Crap Method's very early stages at PS 122's CATCH/COIL performance this time last year, and we were hooked ever since. The work is based on Larissa Velez-Jackson's compositional methodology, and situates its performers to develop the score in real time, with plenty of room for success and failure.

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Photo courtesy PS122 by Rachelle Roberts.

Photo courtesy PS122 by Rachelle Roberts.

Morphia Series
Helen Herbertson + Ben Cobham
@ PS122'S COIL FESTIVAL

January 12 to 16
Baryshnikov Arts Center, 450 West 37th Street

Intimate performances for an audience of 12 make the Morphia series intriguing, if not exclusive. Get close to the performers as they take you to a dream world where light, darkness and spatial depth collide.

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Loni Landon Dance Projects. Photo: Daniel Terna.

Loni Landon Dance Projects. Photo: Daniel Terna.

iD - A Showcase by Independent Choreographers

January 15
Studio 6A @ Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, 405 W 55th St
The best part of this showcase (besides the fact that it's free) is that it's self-produced by 4 of NYC's most promising and hardworking choreographers in the scene. Starting at 9pm with refreshments to follow, you'll catch a glimpse into the process of Emily SchoenLoni LandonGregory Dolbashian, and Adam Barruch.

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Photo of Kate Wallich's Splurgeland, by Tim Summers.

Photo of Kate Wallich's Splurgeland, by Tim Summers.

A PACIFIC NORTHWEST PERFORMANCE PLATFORM
w/ SQUID MGMT, ON THE BOARDS + VELOCITY DANCE CENTER  

January 15 + 17
Gibney Dance, 280 Broadway, Studio H

SQUID MGMT, alongside curators Lane Czaplinski of On the Boards and Tonya Lockyer of Velocity Dance Center, bring together the hottest Pacific Northwest dancemakers to NYC. We're curious to see what former TCS Guest Artist Kate Wallich is up to, as well as zoe | juniper, drag queen Cherdonna Shinatra, and KT Niehoff, to name a few.

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Image courtesy American Realness by Evelyn Donnelly.

Image courtesy American Realness by Evelyn Donnelly.

SCORE FOR A LECTURE
THE BUREAU FOR THE FUTURE OF CHOREOGRAPHY
@ AMERICAN REALNESS

January 15 to 17
Underground Theater @ Abrons Arts Center, 466 Grand St

"In Score for a Lecture, a sequence of speech acts choreograph the theater as a medium and institution that literally speaks. Score for a Lecture creates space to redefine the value of failure while we are inside the theater, the institution, the group, the pair and the self." - American Realness

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Image courtesy Moma PS1.

Image courtesy Moma PS1.

HORIZON EVENTS
RASHUAN MITCHELL + SILAS RIENER
@ GREATER NEW YORK

January 15 to 17
MoMA PS1, 22-25 Jackson Ave, Long Island City

Rashuan Mitchell and Silas Riener present Horizon Events, an evening that is "partly improvisational" as "the installations are designed to negotiate proximity and distance, reality and fantasy."

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Photo courtesy of the artist.

Photo courtesy of the artist.

TIGHTROPE ROUTINES (A FEMINIST ARTIST INTERVIEWS THE INTERNET’S MOST INFAMOUS MISOGYNIST)
ANGELA WASHKO
@ SPECIAL EFFECTS

January 16
wild project, 195 E 3rd St

A storytelling experience between feminist artist Angela Washko and a notorious manoshpere leader, which also acts as a "testament to the feminist artist’s experience shifting from activism to ethnography in spaces of extreme hostility toward women."

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Photo: Charlottte Curtis.

Photo: Charlottte Curtis.

ORIGINATORS
MARIANA VALENCIA
@ ISSUE PROJECT ROOM 

January 29 to 31
Abrons Arts Center, 466 Grand St

As part of ISSUE's Artist-in-Residence program, Mariana Valencia presents a part-lecture, part-dance in Originators, where different mediums overlap and meet, sans hierarchy. Valencia pulls influence from a trip to Mexico, blending identity politics with cultural histories.

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Photo courtesy Gibney Dance.

Photo courtesy Gibney Dance.

IN THE WORKS

January 17
Gibney Dance, 890 Broadway, 5th fl

A day of free informal showings from Gibney Dance in Process (DiP) residents, Meredith Boggia Artists and Projects, and American Dance Institute (ADI) at 890 Broadway. We're most excited about ADI's Artist Showcase starting at 12:30pm, featuring works by Joanna Kotze, Steven Reker, John Jasperse and Chris Schlicting.

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Image of VIM VIGOR 

Image of VIM VIGOR 

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RENEGADE PERFORMANCE GROUP 
JAN 15 @ SPECIAL EFFECTS

LoudHoundMovement 
Jan 17 @ 14th St Y's Dance Showcase

VIM VIGOR 
JAN 28 TO 30 @ GELSEY KIRKLAND ARTS CENTER

++ EVEN MORE on THE "ON OUR RADAR" EVENTS PAGE