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Bushwick Open Studios: Panoply Lab

Sunday, June 1st 2014

Panoply Performance Laboratory is a space but it is also a collective and the moniker for work by Esther Neff and Brian McCorkle.

WE PERFORM FOR YOU/YOU PERFORM FOR US the civil war Embarazo of/with ya __a homebase durational performance and colloquium__

Panoply Performance Laboratory (PPL) is unbounded by discipline or field, we collect ourselves around processes, theorizing social systems, ideological structures, modes of production, and epistemic genealogies via actions, relational constructs, images, music, noise, texts, interactions, video, and objects. Past projects have included a durational diner, a silviculture museum, happenings, full-length operas, workshops, solo and duo actions, conferences, concerts, gallery exhibitions, and large-scale collaborative works of constructional institutional critique. Often focusing on conflicts between individualism and collectivity, PPL’s engagements have included residencies across from the NY Stock Exchange on Wall Street through LMCC, and at LPAC, University Settlement, and in other spaces across social spheres. Projects have been hosted by Glasshouse, Grace Exhibition Space, The Brick Theater, the cell, Dixon Place, Silent Barn, IV Soldiers, English Kills, AUNTS, several chashama spaces, Casita Maria, Bronx Arts Space, and Fitness Center for Arts and Tactics (to name a few in NYC) and Defibrillator Performance Art Gallery (Chicago), Contemporary Art Institute of Detroit, University of Kentucky, Ohio State, LA GALERIA at Villa Victoria (Boston), The Lemp (St. Louis), 119 Gallery (Lowell, MA), Charlotte Street’s La Esquina Gallery (Kansas City), Gruntaler9, ACUD, KuLe Theater, and BLO Atelier (Berlin), The Pumpehuset (Copenhagen), and many festivals, fairs, public sites, and other contexts.


Sunday, January 19th 2014


PPL is transformed into a futuristic spa as part of a durational performance entitled Energy Lab.

Come anytime during the open hours and sign up for Reiki, tarot readings, aura readings, and more. 10-minute to 1-hour sessions, sign-up on the spot

Get cleansed for the new year, focus on your self-development and personal issues at hand.

Energy Lab

Sunday, December 15th 2013

Energy Lab PPL is transformed into a futuristic spa as part of a durational performance entitled Energy Lab.

Come anytime during the open hours and sign up for Reiki, tarot readings, aura readings, and more. 10-minute to 1-hour sessions, sign-up on the spot Get cleansed for the new year, focus on your self-development and personal issues at hand.


Saturday, December 7th 2013


SHAWN CHUA MING REN ("Needing," a durational performance)

THEA LITTLE ("Home Notes," sound/dance/theater)

LAUREL ATWELL (Movement work) MOH GROUT (New poetry)

NIKI SINGLETON (visual art) making remarks, making a mark, marking the space, re-marking, re-making. ((((((((((((((!!!))))))))))))))))

Moh Grout is co-founder/ editor of Nada: The Dada Magazine about Nothing as well as author of the poetry Chapbook Bar Room Seance. He is from Seattle Washington.

Laurel Atwell has been dancing and making dance in New York since 2008. She has performed for a wide variety of artists including Belinda He, Kirstan Clifford, and Patti Bradshaw. Atwell is a student of qi gong with Melanie Maar, poetry with Cynthia Cruz, and hosts a monthly supper club, BIG HOUSE. Her current piece, DOUBLE TAKE, features Atwell and Aya Sato strengthening their ESP abilities while Gordon Landenberger rearranges the space with his custom-made furniture. DOUBLE TAKE is currently being performed throughout the apartments, parks, studios, and backyards of New York.

Thea Little is a choreographer, performer/dancer and self-taught composer. In her performance works, Thea is primarily interested in feminism, gay rights, transcending social class and status, and currently relational aesthetics theories. She reaches for understanding, broadening, generosity, obscurity, individualism, and interaction as well as humor, zaniness, and joy. Her aesthetic is abstract with an anchor - expanding the personal to the universal. She has an MFA in Dance from Hollins University/American Dance Festival and a BA from Columbia University in the General Studies program where she majored in Dance and also focused on Psychology and Music. Dancing with Moving Theater, Neta Pulvermacher, Todd Williams, Jeff Moen, Jeanine Durning, and Karen Harvey Dances among others has given her much fulfillment over the years. Thea has composed mostly on the piano and is working on a CD and book of select compositions from the past 15 years. She also writes music for other instruments and works with manipulating recorded sound on the computer. Her musical dream is to dive into ethnic and contemporary percussion, computers, and electronics. Thea has also started making timbre-based homemade instruments made out of hardware materials and uses them in some of her performances. In addition to writing music for her own dance/movement works, she has composed music for Karen Harvey Dances and Movement of the People Dance Company. Most recently, she has performed this work at Silent Barn and Bronx Artspace.

Shawn Chua is from Singapore where he cultivated a passion for theatre since his secondary school days where he acted, directed and occasionally wrote for plays. While enrolled in the Theatre Studies and Drama programme for his 'A' Levels, he developed a keen interest in the diverse forms of puppetry and was mentored by Tan Beng Tian from the renowned puppet theatre company The Finger Players. For his final project, he devised an immersive and claustrophobic performance, inspired by Artaud's Theatre of Cruelty, in which a one-person audience was viscerally overwhelmed in a tight enclosure as the puppet Artaud was tortured by electroshock treatments. In his undergraduate days, he expanded his interest in theatre to a wider spectrum of narratives and performances through the lens of anthropology. He specialized mainly in the anthropology of ritual, performance and symbols in Japan, and practiced traditional Noh theatre in the Komparu style with Honda Mitsuhiro sensei and Honda Fuyuki sensei while he was based in Tokyo. Shawn spent a year at Hertford College, Oxford University as a visting scholar, honing his interests in the performative body, and the performative analysis of ritual and play in various forms of Japanese religiosity. He has also helped in the organization of the World Music and Dance Festival in Hakodate, and studied how Festival Tokyo (an annual contemporary performing arts festival) became an intersubjective space for negotiating new narratives in the aftermath of the 3.11 catastrophe.

Niki Singleton:

Suggested donation

pay-what-you-can hot toddies and tea

beer lovingly provided by Brooklyn Brewery


Saturday, June 1st 2013

Bushwick Open Studios at Panoply Performance Laboratory FORENSICS OF THE FUTURE DAY TWO: SELF AND IMPROVISATION

From 2pm-7pm, there will be installations by resident artists Esther Neff and Brian McCorkle, in addition to the PPL store.

Beginning at 7pm, there will be solo performances by Ryan Ferreira, Daniel Blake, and others TBA, culminating in a new quartet formed by trumpet player Brad Henkel with Sean Ali and Pascal Niggenkemper on Basses and Carlo Costa on Drums. FACEBOOK EVENT HERE

Women with Power Tools

Thursday, April 18th 2013

saxophone and power sander alike are power tools professionally and highly proficiently wielded by women composers, performance artists, and interdisciplinary time-based artists.

Ivy Castellanos Lopi LaRoe Courtney Leigh Novak Erin Rogers

curated by Esther Neff


Saturday, April 6th 2013

PF is a critical platform for performance and social arts practices.

This month, we explore self-diminutivation, a childlike wonder + outright kitsch and camp, advertising, plus everyone's favorite pastime.

Co-curated by Esther Neff and Hiroshi Shafer

Performances by: Hiroshi Shafer Fauyiza Ann Hirsch Matthew Silver


Saturday, March 16th 2013

Erasure of thought-feeling divisions, closing the gap between the abstract and the representational, meaning is in the line and the gesture, form is simultaneously repetitive and singular, simple and complex, performance is linear AND expressive.

Sherry Aliberti and the Cocoon Project

Racquel de Loyola

Birgit Larson

Meghann Snow

ABOUT THE ARTISTS: Sherry Aliberti (USA), is an architect and performance artist based in New York City. She earned her Bachelor of Architecture at Pratt Institute with honors in 2008. Born and raised in Pittsburgh, PA she grew up as a competitive gymnast and developed a dance and yoga practice upon moving to New York City. The Cocoon Project presents at exhibitions in New York City, most notably Project 59/SET Gallery, House of Yes, the Living Gallery, and alternative spaces like FIGMENT NYC and Art in Odd Places. Exhibitions include photo, video or collage installations to dance and theater performances. Further collaborations have expanded the project nationally and internationally. Documentation of the project has appeared at Mocada Museum and published in Sculpture Magazine, among many blogs and social media. The Cocoon Project creates interactive performance art and colorful temporary installations with the Cocoon.

Performers use gestures, poses and noises to express ideas about form, shape and movement in space and memory. Sound and video artists sculpt the final outcome of the piece. Utilizing sound, projections and fragrances, the experience is different every time. Influenced by Martha Graham and Ernesto Neto a fabric enclosure provides freedom for the performer/muse to become a morphing sculpture. Structurally, these postures represent a scale model of an architecture and materiality based on the forces of the body. This idea is explored further in Aliberti's collages, where Cocoon forms are spliced into cityscapes from her travels. These larger-scale, inhabitable places could be dance studios, museums, a bathhouse or healing center.

Racquel De Loyola (Philippines) is actively engaged in the international network neworldisorder and women artists group Kasibulan. She previously curated Authorized Extremist a live art component of 2008 tutoK-2talk Creative Convergence. In 2007 she was shortlisted to Ateneo Art Awards for her “Subsisting Sustenance” which was presented in 2006 in Toronto Canada for 7a*11d, as Ramon Lerma described, “Framing stillness and motion, the collision of space and intervention in Racquel de Loyola’s subsisting sustenance performance delivers a sensorial spectacle that leaves viewers shocked and awed. Haunting ululation presages the entry of the artist who, caked in talcum and garbed as the multi-breasted Bagobo goddess Mebuyan, weaves her own melodious yowling into a hair-raising bel canto-style duet”. She is now developing her new performative project “Satisfaction” which already presented in Manila, France, and Germany. With a growing reputation in the international cross-disciplinary art circuit she is frequently invited to various art events abroad. She was awarded the prestigious Cultural Center of the Philippines 13 Artists Awards in 2009.

Birgit Larson (USA) is a performance artist, based in New York. Has a BFA from Indiana University. Has exhibited and performed widely. Using humor, fear and science Larson tries to understand and recognize the most basic connections we have with each other.

Meghann J. Snow (USA) was born and raised from Cleveland, OH. She currently lives and works in Washington Heights in New York City. She graduated with her BFA from The University of Akron, Mary Myers School of Art in 2006, and graduated with her MFA from Parsons The New School for Design in 2008. Snow considers herself a multi-discipline artist works in various media's such as dance and painting and video. Her work is about choreographing physical movement while incorporating industrial materials. Her works have been performed and exhibited in Stockholm, Sweden, Paris, France, Antwerp, Belgium, and all over the USA.

#Curated by Esther Neff

WATERBABIES: A Gathering of the Pisces

Wednesday, March 13th 2013

Pisces sun sign is Feb 19-March 20, these artists call the dual fishes their own but their arts are anything but fishy, wear blue and come out for cake and music, dance, and performance art.

Valerie Kuehne Amber Lee Caitlin Marz Esther Neff Michael Newton Elinor Thompson The Illegal Dads The Tiptons Sax Quartet MORE TBA...

Valerie's Birthday Extravaganza: Brooklyn Edition

Sunday, February 24th 2013

Double the Birthday, Grow a third Arm. JUST YOU WAIT AND SEE.

Household Tales - If Edward Hopper and Edward Gorey played a game of Scrabble and it turned into a lost child, they would name it Household Tales. With William Lea and David Redbranch on guitars/vocals, Sean Ali on bass, Tim Shortle on drums.

Theodore Robinson - aka Leland Wulff aka Suspensers, pusher of the finest acid-country tunes heard in an age, plus a damn fine performer to boot.

The Resident Artists of PPL (Brian McCorkle, Esther Neff, B.J. Dini, Simon Seapony, Valerie Kuehne -

Michael Durek - NYC's favorite theremin-toting-festival-organizing-cosmic-collaborator weaving a saucy blend of pulsitile, structured, yet free electronic music making use of synths, theremins, and sampled sounds recorded from Durek’s everyday life

Matt Dallow - outlaw accordionist busker extraordinaire, the heavens will rattle, and you may need another drink for this one.

Raymond Todd - Poetry

MORE TBA Streaming KITTEN VIDEOS all night LONG. donations collected for the show will go towards adopting a resident kitten at PPL!


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