Performance Artist Ivo Dimchev's P PROJECT Asks: 'What Would You Do For $250 Cash?'
"An intriguing reflection on the relationship between audience and performer, the power of money to encourage uncharacteristic behavior, the importance of maintaining moral integrity in the face of social pressure and the potential of art - to enthuse even mundane activity with poetic meaning." - Gareth K. Vile, The List (U.K.)
September 20, 2018 - Bulgarian Performing Artist Ivo Dimchev's P Project will open On Your Marx, NYU Skirball's FREE, two-week celebration of Karl Marx on Wednesday, October 17 at 7:30 pm. P Project tests Marx's theories on capitalism by offering audiences cold, hard cash in exchange for a performance.
P Project is an escalating, interactive performance where actual cash fuels participation based on several P words, such as Piano, Pray, Pussy, Poetry, Poppers, and so on. The People will be offered several opportunities to Participate in the P Project, for which they be Paid quite well.
Ivo Dimchev is a choreographer, visual artist, singer-songwriter, and performance artists, known internationally for his provocative and often controversial works of performance art. His recent appearance on the U.K.'s popular TV competition, "X-Factor," prompted Louis Tomlinson of One Direction to call his performance, "the most bizarre thing." His work is extreme and colorful mixtures of performance art, dance, theater, music, drawings and photography. Dimchev has created over 30 pieces, has received numerous international awards, and has presented his work across Europe, South America and North America. Dimchev is the founder and director of Bulgaria's Humarts Foundation, organizes an annual competition for contemporary Bulgarian choreography, is an Artist in Residence at Kaaitheater in Brussels, and tours extensively. In 2014, he opened MOZEI in Sofia, Bulgaria, as an independent space for presenting contemporary art and music.
NYU Skirball's Marx Festival: On Your Marx, a two-week commemoration of the great philosopher Karl Marx's 200th birthday, running October 17 - 28, will feature theater, dance, choral performances and special events.
Admission to all performances is free: however, in keeping with Marx's socialist theories, audiences will receive an invoice detailing the cost of every element of the production (supply). They are then free to determine the worth of the production and donate accordingly (demand).
Karl Marx (1818-83), revolutionary economist, philosopher and author of The Communist Manifesto, was one of the most influential figures of all time. Inspired by Marxist writings on the perils of capitalism, class struggle and socialism, the festival features works that represent aspects of Marx's theories: P Project (the effects of capitalism); the world premiere of choreographer luciana achugar's Brujx (the oppression of the proletariat); and the premiere of Choral Marx, a choral adaptation of Marx's Manifesto by Ethan Philbrick, featuring the Democratic Socialists of America Choir.
Special events include a Marxist DJ Dance Party & Marathon Reading of Marxist Texts; The Fate of the Commons: a Trotskyite View, a Skirball Talk by Slavoj Žižek; and Popular Revolt, A Marxist Variety Show. Visit www.nyuskirball.org for complete schedule of events.
Tickets for all Marx Festival events are free but must be reserved in advance. Reservations can be made online at www.nyuskirball.org, by phone at 212.998.4941, or in person at the Box Office, 566 LaGuardia Place at Washington Square: Tuesday-Saturday, 12:00-6:00 P.M. NYU Skirball is located at 566 LaGuardia Place at Washington Square, New York, New York 10012. www.nyuskirball.org
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NYU Skirball, located in the heart of Greenwich Village, is one of New York City's major presenters of international work, and has been the premier venue for cultural and performing arts events in lower Manhattan since 2003. The 800-seat theater, led by Director Jay Wegman, provides a home for internationally renowned artists, innovators and thinkers. NYU Skirball hosts over 300 events annually, from re-inventions of the classics to cutting-edge premieres, in genres ranging from dance, theater and performance arts to comedy, music and film. NYU Skirball's unique partnership with New York University enables it to draw on the University's intellectual riches and resources to enhance its programming with dialogues, public forums and conversations with artists, philosophers, scientists, Nobel Laureates and journalists. www.nyuskirball.org.