Nationals: An Amateur Adult Dance Comedy Tournament
At UCB Chelsea, 307 W 26th Street, Chelsea. 11pm. $5. More info here.
Dara Katz and Betsy Kenney host this four-month-long wild n’ wacky dance competition where the goal is not to dance in the prettiest way or for the longest time, but rather whose dancin’ feet make for the most chuckles. Sure, you can argue that many dance competitions run the risk of being unintentionally comedic already, but just imagine a dance competition where everything is supposed to be funny. Will there be technically skilled, tightly-crafted pieces using formal dance moves to inspire laughter? Probably not, because the teams are mostly made up of comedians. But you never know– there could be some surprises. Competitors include a team of two, a team of almost 10, and comedian Annie Donley (The Annoyance, SOAP’s Messy Backyard Show) going at it solo. And rest assured, whatever happens, a star WILL be born.
(via New Ohio Theater)
On a Clear Day I Can See To Elba Continues through Saturday, August 6 at The New Ohio Theater, 154 Christopher Street, West Village. 7pm. Tickets are $18 ($15 for students/seniors). More info here. This new work for two actors, by playwright and performance artist Eliza Bent and directed by Kund Adams, presented as part of the New Ohio’s Ice Factory Festival, explores the notion of who we are when we are in a relationship. If we’re always with someone else, how do we hang onto and express our own distinct personal identity as well? The answer very well may be through many puns.
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At House of Yes, 2 Wyckoff Avenue, Bushwick. 7pm. $50. More info here.
This one is for the high rollers and open minds out there. In addition to their upcoming musical about ketamine (yes, it’s a real thing), House of Yes is doing an “interactive theatrical experience” that’s sure to be steamy (it’s called Foreplay, after all). Starring a slew of dancers, circus artists, and burlesque performers (including House of Yes co-founder Anya Sapozhnikova), the event is billed as “exactly an hour and a half of emotionally and physically intimate acts between you (our Guests) and us (the House).” There will be more traditional stage performances but the real fun is in the offstage participatory moments where the line between performer and audience begins to vanish. The venue has dabbled in sexually-charged fetish events and performances before, like their buzzed-about LUST (a banquet where the plates are lithe nude bodies) but the nervous should know they are running this like pros, with large emphasis on explicit consent and communication of boundaries. It’s “rated R, not rated X”– whatever letter it is, it’s sure to be an unforgettable time.
(design by Sharon Gong)
At Knockdown Center, 52-19 Flushing Avenue, Maspeth. 7pm. Free. More info here.
This event is the opening of 50,000-square-foot behemoth Knockdown Center’s newest show “MAMI,” an artistic offering to Mami Wata, a “pantheon of water deities that originates from West and Central African matriarchal spiritual systems.” Mami Wata entered into the Western world’s minds through an exoticized German chromolithograph image of a Samoan snake-charmer that was propagated by traveling merchants, but has most classically been rendered as a hybrid aquatic femme creature. These artists will envision new lineages inspired by Mami Wata’s paradoxical history and multifaceted existence. At 7:30 pm there will be a flag-raising ceremony, followed by a performance by artist Aya Rodriguez-Izumi and a set by Bronx rapper and Cuntmafia darling Quay Dash. Discwoman DJ SHYB0I will also be there, spinning tunes for the duration of the evening.
(via Sara Blazej / Facebook)
Jake Dibeler and Monica Mirabile At 83 Pitt Street, Lower East Side. 6pm. More info here. Sara Blazej curates this double bill of new performance, featuring Jake Dibeler (formerly of the performance art-y electropunk band Bottoms) and Monica Mirable (one half of FLUCT and co-director of immersive piece Authority Figure at Knockdown Center). Dibeler is showing a new version of his bloody autobiographical piece A Decapitation, previously seen at Secret Project Robot. He’ll be performing it alongside Ms William and Macy Rodman, who Nylon calls “trans pop’s accidental Courtney Love.” Mirabile is assuming more of a choreographic role than a performance one; her piece is entitled A Ghost Story 2.0 and will be performed by a cast of six.