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Top of the Heap: A Cheat Sheet to Five Performance Festivals


A cheat sheet to five performance festivals

Just when you thought you could pack away the tinsel, downtown will set itself aglow with a flurry of festivals timed to the annual conference of APAP, the Association of Performing Arts Presenters. Amid such a surplus of theater, dance, opera, music, video, and unclassifiable experiment, we offer a handy compendium of highlights:

House of Dance

By Tina Satter

January 9–13

Writer-director Tina Satter brings her glitter-addled blend of “weird girl magic” to this coproduction of P.S. 122’s COIL festival, Abrons Arts Center’s American Realness festival, and the New York City Players. In a small-town tap studio, four dancers try to riffle their way to the big time. Further inducement: A chance to witness stoic actor Jim Fletcher execute a shuffle hop step. Abrons Arts Center, 466 Grand Street,

JDX — a public enemy

By tg STAN | January 8–16


By SKaGeN | January 10–18

Previous visits by the likes of Ontroerend Goed and Jan Fabre have already suggested there might be more to Belgium than beer, waffles, and Flemish separatists. This year, Under the Radar offers new work from two Belgian companies. In JDX — a public enemy, based on a Henrik Ibsen play, one man pits himself against a corrupt town, while in BigMouth, one actor takes on two millennia of oratory. Public Theater, 425 Lafayette Street,


By Mac Wellman

January 7–17

A mentor to a generation of word-drunk writers, the inimitable Mac Wellman brings one of his own shows to COIL. Acted by his longtime collaborator Steve Mellor, the script concerns a series of small worlds, “where things happen for their own mysterious reasons.” The Chocolate Factory, 5-49 49th Avenue, Queens,

Take Me Home

By Alexandra Collier

January 7–26

Fare play? In this unusually intimate piece, playwright Alexandra Collier crams three audience members into the back of a taxi and sets them on a journey that blurs performance and life. Presented by the Incubator Arts’ Other Forces festival, this intimate piece transforms all of New York into a stage. At a secret location


January 10–13

Black bile, yellow bile, blood, and phlegm may not seem like much to sing about, but Lauren Worsham and Kyle Jarrow, the husband-and-wife team that leads the band Sky-Pony, apparently disagree. At HERE’s Prototype: Opera/Theatre/Now, they’ll offer four musical evenings, each centered on a different bodily humor. HERE Arts Center, 145 Sixth Avenue,

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