Jay Scheib & More Set for The Kitchen's Winter 2014 Season

The Kitchen has announced programming for its winter 2014 season, which begins January 8 with performances from both Jay Scheib and Heather Kravas.

Jay Scheib revives an early, unpublished Chekhov play in the raucous, sexy and ultimately tragic Platonov, or The Disinherited (January 8-24). Scheib's new work combines live film and theatrical performance; it will be live-edited and simultaneously broadcast each night to cinemas including BAM, AMC Times Square, and others across the country.

The Kitchen joins with PS122 to co-present a new work by choreographer Heather Kravas (January 8-13), as part of the 2014 COIL Festival. In a quartet, Kravas stages four dancers in four solos, of four parts each, to investigate the relationship of the individual to the collective through movements spanning folk dance, ballet, cheerleading and exacting minimalism.

Boru O'Brien O'Connell and Luke Stettner will mount simultaneous exhibitions from January 23-March 1, dividing the gallery space with a wall down the middle. For his first New York City solo exhibition-comprising photo, video and installation-O'Connell takes inspiration from the work of illustrator and designer John Vassos. Concurrently, artist Luke Stettner will offer a series of sculptures and works on paper that consider time and mortality through the lens of record keeping and documentation.

The Chicago-based, three-time Grammy-winning ensemble eighth blackbird has been called a group of "super-musicians" by the Los Angeles Times. On February 6 and 7, they'll perform a unique take on the commedia dell'arte by composer Amy Beth Kirsten, along with musical selections spanning over three centuries of styles.

Violinist and composer Sarah Neufeld, best known for her work with Arcade Fire, will perform a special one-night-only New York solo concert on February 14. The performance will feature material from Neufeld's 2013 debut album, Hero Brother, which captures her textural and kinetic style. The compositions blend electronic and avant-garde influences with folk and indie music.

Artist and writer Lucy Raven will present a performative lecture (February 19), in which she tracks the course of international manufacturing-in this case, the overseas production of 3D imagery for Hollywood.

On March 1, The Kitchen will host a tribute to longtime friend and supporter Lou Reed, who passed away in late October 2013. Reed's deeply influential noise album, Metal Machine Music, will play on loop in the theater for the duration of open hours.

Improvisational performance artist Aki Sasamoto will share the story of a mythic "fireman" who must fuel the furnace of life through her labor shoveling coal. From March 6-8, Sasamoto will occupy a constructed stage environment and original live soundscape for performances that search out hope in the face of darkness.

Performance/choreography duo Gerard & Kelly will take over both floors of The Kitchen for an exhibition (March 13- April 19) spanning performance, drawing, video, and sound. Known for engaging their audiences in intimate experiences, Gerard & Kelly will consider the human specifics of "time" in a gallery exhibition, including memory, attention and fatigue.

On March 21 & 22, cellist Okkyung Lee will blend traditional Korean melodies, improvisational jazz, and noise for a concert of strings and percussion inspired by Beckett's "First Love" and Yi Sang's surreal "The Wings."

The winter season concludes March 27-29, with Liz Magic Laser's Bystander, in which the performance and video artist flips the usual roles of newscaster and man-on-the street played out in the nightly news. Anchors offer their subjective testimony while the "public" presents factual reports, thereby exposing the mechanics and psychology at play in the news.

Throughout the season, The Kitchen will continue their L.A.B. series of panel discussions of salient themes in contemporary art and performance. Join us January 28, February 13, and March 17 as panelists engage with the many complexities of audience.

More information on The Kitchen's winter 2014 programming is below. Tickets are available online at www.thekitchen.org; by phone at 212.255.5793 x11; and in person at The Kitchen (512 West 19th Street), Tuesdays - Saturdays, 2:00 - 6:00 P.M.

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