Radiohole's INFLATABLE FRANKENSTEIN Plays The Kitchen as Part of PS122's COIL Festival, 1/5-19
As part of the eighth edition of the COIL festival, Performance Space 122 (PS122) and The Kitchen present the world premiere of Inflatable Frankenstein from Radiohole. One of New York's most tenacious and beloved ensembles explores the cultural legend of Frankenstein – everyone's metaphor for nearly everything. Source material includes Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, James Whale's classic Frankenstein films, details from Mary Shelley's tragic life, the work of Antonin Artaud and parts of over 100 "Frankenstein" films. Inflatable Frankenstein is blood chilling and completely strange; filled with whimsical creature fantasy, technological absurdity, electric air and bodily fluids.
Performances of Inflatable Frankenstein will take place January 5–19, 2013 (see schedule above) at The Kitchen. The running time is approximately 60 minutes with no intermission. The Kitchen is located at 512 W. 19th Street in Manhattan. Tickets, which are $20, are available via The Kitchen's box office online at www.thekitchen.org and by phone at 212.255.5793 ext. 11.
Radiohole was birthed in a Brooklyn basement in 1998 by Erin Douglass, Eric Dyer, Maggie Hoffman, and Scott Halverson Gillette. The company has produced ten original works that have been presented at venues around New York City including PS122, the Kitchen, and the Collapsable Hole (sic) and have toured nationally and internationally. Radiohole's most recent show, Whatever, Heaven Allows was commissioned by PS122, The Walker Art Center, and the Andy Warhol Museum through the Spalding Gray Award. Whatever, Heaven Allows had its European premiere in April 2012 at Katapult Teater at Godsbanen in Århus, Denmark. Over the years, Radiohole has earned a reputation as one of New York's most adventurous and uncompromising ensembles. The Drama Review calls Radiohole, "the quintessential American performance group."
Inflatable Frankenstein is co-commissioned and presented by The Kitchen and Performance Space 122 as part of the 8th Annual COIL festival with commissioning support from the Jerome Foundation. This presentation is made possible with public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in Partnership with the city council and the New York State Council on the Arts, a state agency, with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature. Additional production support and residency is provided by EMPAC/Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center.
The Kitchen is one of New York City's oldest nonprofit performance and exhibition spaces, showing experimental work by innovative artists, both emerging and established. Programs range from dance, music, and theatrical performances to video and media arts exhibitions to literary events, film screenings, and artists' talks. Since its inception in 1971, The Kitchen has been a powerful force in shaping the cultural landscape of this country and has helped launch the careers of many artists who have gone on to worldwide prominence.
Contact the Box Office at 212.255.5793 ext. 11, Tuesday - Saturday, 2:00-6:00 P.M. The Kitchen is located at 512 West 19th Street, New York, NY. For more information, visit www.thekitchen.org, find the theatre on Twitter @thekitchen_nyc, or follow the group on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/thekitchenNYC.
Performance Space 122 (PS122) provides incomparable experiences for audiences by presenting and commissioning artists whose work challenges boundaries of live performance. PS122 is dedicated to supporting the creative risks taken by artists from diverse genres, cultures and perspectives. We are an innovative local, national and international leader in contemporary performance.
Beginning in 2011, PS122 embarked on one of the most unusual and potentially radical shifts in its history, including a re-structuring of artist support, a business model overhaul, and the renovation of our building. As PS122's East Village home undergoes a much-needed interior renovation supported primarily by the City of New York, DCA and DDC, PS122's core activity continues to be providing audiences with contemporary live performance.
For over 3 decades, Performance Space 122 has been a hub for contemporary performance and an active member of the cultural community. Under the curatorial vision of Vallejo Gantner (Artistic Director 2005 – present) PS122 has developed a set of programs designed to re-establish the value of live performance, provide singular experiences for audiences that inspire critical thinking, and sustain the creative process for artists throughout their career. Largely in partnership with peer organizations, PS122 currently presents artists in all disciplines in spaces all over the city during an annual fall & spring season and COIL festival in January.
In addition to the commissioning and presenting of artists from NYC across the US, and around the globe, PS122 has increased our activity off the stage to provide audiences with a variety of access points and context for the work on stage. These activities include both talkbacks with the artists as well as in depth conversations that bring together luminaries from non-arts disciplines to discuss a variety of topics including everything from religion, to migration, to queer real estate and cultural diplomacy. PS122 encourages the asking of questions and debate of contemporary society's issues in both artistic practice and audience experience.