A cooperative of NYC-based cutting-edge experimental theater companies and artists will present their work throughout July as part of the 2012 undergroundzero festival (Paul Bargetto, Artistic Director, Connie Hall, Executive Director). The festival will take place June 29-July 29 on 5 stages in the East Village and Brooklyn and outdoor sites throughout lower Manhattan. Weekly parties, panels, and new play readings will happen at festival headquarters: the legendary Living Theatre.
The festival presenters are veteran “hardcore downtown” independent artists who have formed the undergroundzero cooperative to improve the conditions for making work in NYC, and to host an artist-controlled international exchange and presenting platform. Together, these artists span multiple disciplines including theater, dance, multi-media and installation. Guest programming will include individual artists from Bulgaria, Romania, and Poland; fellow New Yorkers, The Assembly and Patrick Flynn; and the US premiere of the critically acclaimed B-Floor Theatre Company (Thailand).
FESTIVAL VENUE ADDRESSES:
- Living Theatre: 21 Clinton Street between Houston and Stanton, Manhattan
- Clemente Soto Velez Cultural Center: Flamboyan Theater and Los Kabayitos: 107 Suffolk Street at Rivington, Manhattan
- JACK: 505 1/2 Waverly Ave, Clinton Hill, Brooklyn
- Scapegrace: 20 Wyckoff Ave, Bushwick, Brooklyn
For advance ticket sales visit www.undergroundzeronyc.org or call 1-866-811-4111.
UNDERGROUNDZERO Kickoff Event
Fri 6/29 @ The Living Theatre FREE
6:30pm: A Brief History of Avant Garde Theater in NYC
By Arnold Aronson with special guest Judith Malina
Columbia University professor Arnold Aronson provides historical context for the current experimental theater-making environment in NYC, with Judith Malina of the Living Theatre.
7:30pm: The NEA 4 Revisited – Politics, Art & Culture War
Moderated by UGZ Artistic Director, Paul Bargetto
A discussion with members of the original NEA 4. After twenty-two years where do we stand in the Culture Wars and what is the future of the National Endowment of the Arts?
9pm: Festival Opening Night Party
Celebrate with festival artists at the opening party with DJ and video art. An extra-special toast is planned for the supporters of the Kickstarter campaign!
Romanyeah – Live Video Performance
By Cinty Ionescu and the Romanian Cultural Institute in New York.
Music by Brennan Green - Sat 6/30 @ 9pm & Sun 7/1 @ 7pm at the Living Theatre $20
Take a walk on the wild East side with Romanian video artist Cinty Ionescu (winner of the 2011 Excellence in Video Design award at the NY International Fringe Festival) as she weaves an immersive video and musical journey through contemporary Romania. For more, visit cintyionescu.weebly.com.
Talk show: common ground
Tuesdays, July 3, 10, 17, & 24 @ 7:30pm at Clemente Soto Velez in the Kabyitos Theater FREE
Meet the undergroundzero artists and their guests in a live-streamed talk show hosted by Artistic Director Paul Bargetto and Saviana Stanescu.
Dance party: latenightzero
Saturdays, July 7, 14, 21, & 28 @ 11pm at the Living Theatre FREE
A late night dance party with guest DJs and VJs. Boogie down with the avant garde at the legendary Living Theatre.
New play readings: playgroundzero
Curated by Saviana Stanescu
Sunday, July 8, 15, 22, & 29 @ 1pm at Clemente Soto Velez in the Kabyitos Theater $5