At The Warhol, art isn’t restricted to the art on the walls. It’s not about speaking in hushed, somber, delicate tones. No, at The Warhol art is alive and kicking. The proof is in a series of eight performances that run from January 21st to April 27th. Each uniquely able to challenge and even change your perceptions. So come, laugh, blush, sneer, ache, reflect, and most of all, experience an altogether different way of looking at art.
Mike Daisey
The Agony & Ecstasy of Steve Jobs
Saturday, January 21, 2012
Byham Theater, 8pm
Mike Daisey, writer and commentator for NPR, BBC, and New York Times Magazine, critically acclaimed creator of monologues, and self-proclaimed “Apple fanboy”, trains his patriotic criticism and moral compass on the questionable labor practices of one of the world’s most cherished companies.Through the minimalist form of monologue-based theater, Daisey finds a haven to focus on and emotionally connect to a subject dealing with rapid technological developments and our high-tech obsessions in an increasingly digital age.
“Blisteringly funny, icily penetrating…hands-down Daisey’s most effective performance yet. You will never look at your iPad or MacBook the same way again.”
Washington Post
Looking for a Missing Employee
Thursday, February 2, 2012
The Pixelated Revolution
Friday, February 3, 2012
Two distinct performances. One unique interdisciplinary artist. Thursday, Rabih Mroué, a key figure in a new generation of artistic voices in Lebanon, presents Looking for a Missing Employee, which combines video imagery, storytelling, articles and other documents to scrutinize the print media’s role in rumors, scandals, public accusations and national political conflicts. Friday, it’s The Pixelated Revolution (co-commissioned by The Warhol), a timely lecture/performance about the usage of mobile phones during the Syrian revolution.
“[He is] to Beirut what the Wooster Group is to New York: a blend of avant-garde innovation, conceptual complexity and political urgency, all grounded in earthy humor.”
The New York Times
Young Jean Lee
We're Gonna Die
Friday, February 17, 2012
Warhol theater, 8pm
Young Jean Lee returns to The Warhol with her new band, Future Wife, in WE’RE GONNA DIE, a cabaret-style evening that premiered to rave reviews last April at Joe’s Pub in New York City. In her uniquely unnerving, subversive and hilarious style, Lee has created a dark song cycle with an ultimately life-affirming message about life’s futility. You may be miserable, but you won’t be alone.
“Sly, weird and thoroughly winning...its forthright acknowledgement that life can be a rough business is bracing, funny and, yes, consoling.”
The New York Times
Carmelita Tropicana
Homage to Jack & Ole/Ghost
Friday, March 2, 2012
Warhol theater, 8pm
Alina Troyano (aka Carmelita Tropicana) is a Cuban-born, Obie award-winning performance artist, playwright and actor who since the 80s has used humor, fantasy, and cultural identity to rewrite history. For this one special evening at The Warhol, Tropicana will weave components of two works: Homage to Jack, which reveals her fateful first encounter with the legendary filmmaker and performer Jack Smith, dubbed the “the godfather of performance art” by Laurie Anderson and Ole/Ghost, a story of lost love, obsession and our modern preoccupation with fast fixes.
“Carmelita Tropicana has been lighting up New York’s performance venues with colorful, hilarious, and braintwisting narratives.”
Time Out New York
Henry Rollins
The Long March 2012
Saturday, March 17, 2012
Carnegie Lecture Hall, 8pm
Spoken word artist, musician, actor, author, radio show host, columnist, iconic cultural gadfly, and frontman for the Rollins Band and the seminal punk band Black Flag, Henry Rollins is above all else a self-described “workaholic.” He brings what the New York Daily News describes as “some of the most provocative chit-chat around” to Carnegie Lecture Hall, via spoken word performances that are a seamless mix of humor and outrage; political commentary and personal anecdote; healthy skepticism and rugged optimism.
“Diatribist, confessor, provocateur, humorist, even motivational speaker…his is an enthusiastic and engaging chatter.”
Washington Post
Kota Yamazaki/Fluid Hug Hug
Saturday, April 14, 2012
New Hazlett Theater, 8pm
New York based, butoh-trained and Bessie award-winning dancer/choreographer, Kota Yamazaki makes his Pittsburgh debut with his company Fluid hug hug. Inspired by novelist Jun’ichiro Tanizaki’s essay In’ei Raisan (In Praise of Shadows), which describes Japan’s appreciation of the refined beauty found in darkness and shadows, Yamazaki re-examines the fundamentals of butoh. In an unparalleled collaboration with African dancers, American architect Robert Kocik, lighting designer Kathy Kaufmann and Tokyo-based composer DJ Kohji Setoh, six dancers will perform within a set constructed to evoke the soft lighting and dim interior of a traditional Japanese house.
“Yamazaki’s ability to represent and distinguish a new world is cutting-edge performance.”
Dance Magazine
Friday, April 27, 2012
Byham Theater, 9pm
This controversial musical maverick has been called the “Andy Warhol of new music” by the Dutch press. Perhaps because JacobTV (Jacob Ter Veldhuis) has a unique “avant pop” sensibility that exists at the high/low crossroads of rock, pop, jazz and classical music. As part of the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust’s Distinctively Dutch Festival, JacobTV will premier his new “reality opera”, THE NEWS. This non fiction video opera is a topical form of Gesammtkunstwerk, based on original footage from the international media, including “revealing” one-liners from the likes of Barack Obama, Sarah Palin, Silvio Berlusconi, Fox News, TV evangelists and more.
“His work possesses an explosive strength and raw energy combined with extraordinarily intricate architectural design.”
Limor Tomer, former curator of the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York