PS122 Announces New Residency Program RAMP
Performance Space 122 (PS122) announces RAMP, a new residency program designed to support early career artists. The residencies, to be held at The Chain Theatre (21-28 45th Rd.) in Long Island City, provide New York City-based artists with the resources to create ambitious new work. In addition to rehearsal space, RAMP will offer technical assistance, commissioning fees and marketing support. The intention of RAMP is to begin an ongoing relationship with a select group of artists, which may lead to large-scale presentations. The inaugural year of RAMP artists are the choreographic duo of Molly Lieber and Eleanor Smith, musician Eliot Krimsky and his progressive-indie band Glass Ghost, and theater artist Kaneza Schaal.
For over 3 decades, PS122 has been a hub for contemporary performance and an active member of New York City's cultural community through their continued support of brave new works by some of the city's most talented and ambitious performance makers.
"The advantage of the RAMP program is that it allows us an extended time period to engage with each artist while providing them with the resources to make work. It's not 'go away, make your show and we'll see it when it's done' - it's a long-term, multi-season commitment to Molly and Eleanor, Eliot and Kaneza, and their process at this moment in their respective careers," says Jess Edkins, PS122 Creative Producer.
Each residency will culminate with a public showing. Tickets, priced at $10, can be purchased at ps122.org or by calling 212-352-3101. Additional information, including artist statements and showing dates, can be found below of by visiting ps122.org/RAMP.
About the RAMP artists
Molly Lieber and Eleanor Smith (Dance)
Residency dates: March 3-15
Public showing: March 15 at 8pm
Molly Lieber and Eleanor Smith make collaborative duet work using a movement process deeply rooted in improvisation. The imaginative texture of their work comes from the duet making truly collaborative decisions; embracing the tension and pliability that results from the interplay of two different minds. A tone of loneliness pervades their work through employing a sparse, intimate, and feminine environment of two bodies in space.
Eliot Krimsky/Glass Ghost (Music/Video)
Residency dates: March 17 - March 29
Public Showings: March 28, 29 at 8pm
Eliot Krimsky is a Brooklyn based musician who, along with his band Glass Ghost, creates "elegant compositions of frosted indie pop" (The New Yorker). With band members Michael Johnson, Tyler Wood and Aerial East, Eliot Krimsky explores the convergence of technological mediation and music through live conceptual, participatory concerts. For RAMP, Glass Ghost will display audience input (photo's, personal information, Facebook/Twitter pages) on projection screens in an attempt to probe identity in the internet age questioning what a true identity is.
Kaneza Schaal (theater)
Residency dates: March 31 - April 12
Public Showings: April 11, 12 at 8pm
Kaneza Schaal is a New York City based theater artist best known for her work as an actor with The Wooster Group, Elevator Repair Service and Richard Maxwell. Schaal will use this RAMP residency to begin work on her first evening-length piece. Using the Egyptian Book of the Dead as inspiration, Schaal seeks to cultivate performance that uses text as a jumping off point to explore visual, physical, sonic and abstract expression.