Performance Space 122. Photo: Wikipedia

Performance Space 122 to Reopen Its East Village Space in January

Performance Space 122, the nonprofit performance, theater, and dance space established in 1980, has announced that, after six years of renovations, it will reopen its East Village home in January, Joshua Barone of the New York Times reports. The final iteration of its annual performance festival Coil, opening January 10, 2018, will inaugurate the space.

Director Jenny Schlenzka, a former Museum of Modern Art and MoMA PS1 curator who was appointed to lead the organization earlier this year, said that the Coil festival would end because there won’t be the same need for it once PS122 returns to its permanent home. “We are eager to spread our programming over the entire year,” she said.

Located at 150 First Avenue, in a former school that was built in 1894, the performance hub was in need of an overhaul. Supported by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs and Department of Design and Construction, the renovations will include larger custom-designed theater spaces that will span two stories.

Since its founding, PS122 has supported artists known for taking creative risks in their practices. Over the years, it has showcased works by Penny Arcade, Big Dance Theater, Tim Etchells, Karen Finley, Spalding Gray, Maria Hassabi, Ishmael Houston-Jones, Taylor Mac, Meredith Monk, and Okwui Okpokwasili, among others.