Welcome to the East Village Series at Performance Space New York. Between February and June you are invited to join us in contemplating the past, present and future of our art organization and its immediate neighborhood, the East Village.
Performance Space New York was born in the East Village in 1980 as Performance Space 122 when a group of local artists occupied the empty building that had been home to Public School 122 and started making performance work as a passionate rejection of corporate mainstream culture.
It was a time of explosive creativity—when the spirit of punk rock gave everyone permission to make art and collaborate, promiscuously disregarding conventional distinctions between artistic genres. The work that originated here wasn’t easy to pin down. While always testing the potentials of live performance, it neither qualified as pure dance nor theater, neither media art nor music nor poetry—but usually included a little bit of everything.Full Program (link to PDF)