Thursday, October 25, 2012

Coil Festival To Feature Variations on Chekhov, Nijinsky, Frankenstein -

Probably the most curious entry on the schedule, which P.S. 122 announced on Thursday, is “Hot Box” by the director and video artist Brian Rogers, who was inspired by aspects of the films “Apocalypse Now” and “Fitzcarraldo,” most notably, the way actors in those films are said to have prepared themselves for their roles by undertaking ordeals of various kinds. Here, Mr. Rogers and his collaborator Madeline Best will spend several hours before curtain time drinking heavily and executing strenuous tasks, including exercise, so that by the time the audience arrives, they are drunk and exhausted. A version of the piece played the Chocolate Factory this year.