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PS 122 Presents Black Comedy/Horror Film DARLING, Makes World Premiere 6/24-28

Performance Space 122 presents THE WORLD PREMIERE OF DARLING by Sam Kim JUNE 24 - 28

Darling is a black comedy disguised as a horror film disguised as a dance. Inspired by the genre subversion and dysfunctional family dynamics of the ‘The Texas Chainsaw Massacre,' Darling exposes killers, cannibals, half-wits and the sexually demented for who they really are - monsters with extraordinary human qualities who must put up with the shaming and nagging of their insufferable families, just like everyone else. Darling answers the burning question, "What do butchers and cannibals do in their off-time? And, how do they do it?" Darling is essentially the story of family - necessary, painful, horrific, and ultimately laughable.

The cast of Darling is Inka Juslin, Sam Kim, Ryan McNamara, and Liz Santoro.

Sam Kim creates dances that focus on the margins of culture and behavior, creating space for vulnerability while courting danger. Since 2002, Sam has created dumb dumb bunny (The Kitchen, 2007), Cult (Dance Theater Workshop, 2007), AVATAR (Mulberry St Theater, 2006), Nobody Understands Me (Dance Theater Workshop, 2004), Placid Baby (Performance Space 122, 2003) and Valentine (Danspace Project at St. Mark's Church, 2002). She has created several shorter works since 1997.

Her work has been presented and commissioned by venues such as The Kitchen, Performance Space 122, Dance Theater Workshop, and Danspace Project, multiple times, in addition to progressive venues such as 303 (Montreal), the Unknown Theater (Los Angeles), the Brooklyn
Museum of Art, Galapagos Art Space, Chez Bushwick and Movement Research among many others. Sam's work has been supported by awards from organizations such as The Lucky Star Foundation, the Rockefeller Foundation/Multi-Arts Production (MAP) Fund, the Bossak/Heilbron Charitable Foundation, Movement Research, the Brooklyn Arts Exchange and the 92nd St Y Harkness Dance Center. Sam was a 2004-05 Movement Research Artist-in-Residence. She is currently a 2007-09 Dance Artist in Residence at BAX.

Darling was created, in part, through the Artist in Residence Program at BAX/Brooklyn Arts Exchange with support, in part, with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts and NYC Department of Cultural Affairs, and with private funds from the Mertz-Gilmore Foundation, and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Darling was created, in part, with support from The Lucky Star Foundation.

Performance Space 122 is New York's ultimate destination for cutting-edge theatre, dance, music, live art and cross-media. Founded in 1979, Performance Space 122 is dedicated to supporting and
presenting artists whose work challenges the traditional boundaries of dance, theatre, music, and performance. Committed to exploring innovative form as well as material, P.S. 122 is steadfast in its search for pioneering artists from a diversity of cultures and points of view.

Darling runs Wednesday, June 24 through Sunday, June 28 on the following schedule: Wednesday - Saturday at 8pm, Sunday at 6pm. Tickets from $20, $15 (students/seniors), $10 (P.S. 122 members). Tickets may be purchased online at www.ps122.org or via phone at (212) 352-3101. Performance Space 122 is located at 150 First Avenue at East 9th Street, New York, New York 10009. www.ps122.org.

 


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