COIL is Performance Space 122’s annual performance festival demonstrating the constant vitality of live performance in New York City, featuring work created locally, from across the U.S. and around the world.
What was originally established as a contemporary dance festival of remounts from past seasons, COIL has evolved into a festival that highlights the work and artists PS122 commissions that spans genres. This year’s COIL takes place on January 5-17, and highlights envelope-pushing dance, theater, music, performance, media, and virtual art.
Don’t miss the Red & White party on January 10, from 8 p.m. until 12 a.m. With a new low ticket price, they’re ready to get down to the nitty gritty of what makes NYC a special place in January, and while past years have featured ping pong, they’re putting down our paddles, and picking up karaoke microphones. Teaming up with the Australia Council and the Australian Consulate-General in New York, The Red and White Party features Brisbane-based neo-tiki physical theatre company Polytoxic with their live-art karaoke party known the world around. Offering a total karaoke experience, you get a choice of some of the best pop hits from the past and present with a gang of backup dancers fit for the pros. DJ J.D. Franzke will spin the tunes to keep us moving all night long.
COIL 2016 Festival is part of January in NYC is the Place to Be for the Performing Arts, celebrating the unmatched conergence of performing arts professionals, audiences and events in New York City. Every January, more than 45,000 people from around the globe flock to New York City for public festivals and industry gatherings, featuring over 1,500 performances by thousands of world-class artists of all disciplines and genres, including world music, theater, dance, jazz, and more.
PS122’s COIL 2016 festival is made possible in part by the Lambent Foundation, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation New York Theater Program, the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, New York Community Trust and the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.
Performance Space 122 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.
For over three decades, Performance Space 122 has been a hub for contemporary performance and an active member of the cultural community in NYC and across the globe. Founded in 1980 by Charles Dennis, Tim Miller, Charles Moulton, and Peter Rose, in what was then an abandoned public school building, Performance Space 122 is proud to have brought forward not only artists, like John Leguizamo, Jonathan Ames, Eric Bogosian, the Blue Man Group and Annie Dorsen who have gone on to make waves in commercial arenas on Broadway or at HBO, but also artists who have triggered national debate about political and ethical issues, like the original “NEA four”, Ethyl Eichelberger (HIV/AIDS activist) and Young Jean Lee, as well as artists who have radicalized aesthetic form like Meredith Monk, Spalding Gray, Richard Maxwell, Tina Satter, Andrew Schneider, Rabih Mroué (Lebanon), Cuqui Jerez (Spain), and Mariano Penscotti (Argentina).