Maria Hassabi | Performance Space New York

AGA Fall 09

avant garde arama

“Orchestrated mayhem and the excitement that ensues are the only predictable variables…Try as it may to maintain theatrical composure, always ends up degenerating, or exploding, into an all-out party.” – Flavorpill

PS122’s longest-running series, this multidisciplinary mini-festival features an exuberant and eclectic line-up of the wildest experimental performance shorts to be found in N.Y.C.


  • Performances by: Karen Therese & Lizzie Thomson, Joey Arias, M. Lamar, Maria Hassabi, Carmelita Tropicana and Maureen Angelos, Carol Lipnik and Spookarama
  • Band: GoonSquad
  • Video:OBSCENITY, from Sex Crimes Cabaret, By L. Gabrielle Penabaz, with special guest star Nicole Blackman
  • Installation by: Andrew Schneider
  • Party music by: DJ Scott Ewalt


  • Performances by: Karen Therese + Lizzie Thomson, Jackie Hoffman, Beadz on Nude Illusion, enemyResearch, Adrienne Truscott, Reggie Watts, Andrew Schneider
  • Band: GoonSquad
  • Installation by: Andrew Schneider
  • Party music by: DJ Joro-Boro

*line up subject to change

Fri, Sept 18 + Sat, Sept 19 8pm

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GLORIA is Maria Hassabi’s fourth evening-length piece; for its creation, she has worked with several of her longtime collaborators, dancers Hristoula Harakas and David Adamo, fashion designers ThreeAsFour, musician Jody Elf, dramaturge Marcos Rosales, lighting designer Joe Levasseur, and visual artist Scott Lyall.

GLORIA is composed through the layering of three individual solos. Each solo was developed separately and then joined together. As a result, they inhabit a space of quiet stillness and isolation in which the body is viewed as sculpture, dead and alive at the same time. Moving between one iconic posture and another, the dancers invoke a set of fleeting images within their abstract, mobile diagram. GLORIA’s rhythm stretches time across an optical field of perception, allowing each audience member to recall their own references and fantasies.

Named by Time Out New York as one of “25 Ace New Yorkers to Keep an Eye On” in 2006, Maria Hassabi, born in Cyprus, is an independent choreographer living and working in New York City.

Photography by Natasha Papadopoulou

Running time: 1 hour

Co-commissioned by Allison Sarofim and Ballroom Marfa.

GLORIA is made possible in part with public funds from the Manhattan Community Arts Fund, supported by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs and administered by the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council.



SHOWTIMES: January 11, 2008 at 10pm, January 12, 2008 at 3pm
Tickets from $20, $15 (students/seniors), $10 (members)
N.Y. Premiere
November 7-10, 2007

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