What if you could delete your entire online presence and start over? What if all of Times Square erupted into yawns? What happens when the ghosts of Theodore Roosevelt and Elvis Presley battle for the attention of Ann, a shy worker at a meat processing plant? These questions are typical of P.S.122’s shows — which is to say, unique and thought-provoking by default. Their annual festival, COIL, now in its tenth year, is one of New York’s most anticipated cultural events, for it animates winter with critically acclaimed live performance acts. This year includes a play set in a hotel-cum-software development facility in which robots long to feel the same emotions as their creators; a (real) blind date interrupted by unexpected texts from the director; and visually stunning dance performances that refuse to be pigeonholed into just one art form.
Jan. 2-31, 7:30 p.m., 2015