Theaters

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Technologies that didn’t exist 10 years are opening up fresh possibilities for choreographers and their collaborators. Interactive designer Matt Romein’s recent collaborative presentation with choreographer Sophie Sotsky harnessed new developments in motion-capture technology, video programming language, and sound editing to create a truly contemporary dance performance.

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In the early 1980s, Andy Warhol posed in drag for a series of Polaroid portraits. Wearing heavy white makeup in works like “Self-Portrait in Drag” (1981), he exudes a ghoulish glamour.

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The Knockdown Center is a sprawling, compound-like factory in Maspeth, Queens, that’s been renovated into an industrial-chic venue striving to, according to the website, “create an adaptable environment that thinks beyond what ‘is.’” In that sense, The Wilder Papers, a semi-guided experiential dance event that took place there last week, was perfectly on trend.

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Thunder and rain hurtle over the violent, staged sorrow of this new spectacle of Macbeth, installed heath and all in the gaping drill hall of the Park Avenue Armory.

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LOS ANGELES — In an age when stories are regarded as “impressions” and TMZ serves a source of reportage, how does a four-hour 18th-century comedic opera manage to be relevant and interesting? The Los Angeles Philharmonic has reinvigorated the genre by inviting luminaries in architecture and fashion to add their take to the story.

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LOS ANGELES — Last week, Automata mounted Concrete Folk Variations, a noir puppet play set in McCarthy-era Los Angeles that was written, directed, and designed by artist Susan Simpson.

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I’m not sure why plays without actors have become a trend in theater, but between Gabriel Lester’s “Super Sargasso Sea (phantom play #1)” at Abrons Arts Center last November during Performa 13 and this week’s production of Rabih Mroué and Lina Saneh’s “33 rpm and a few seconds” at Asia Society, the notion of a humanless theater isn’t odd anymore.

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Post image for Wagner with Quotes on: Richard Maxwell’s ‘Isolde’

Director/writer Richard Maxwell was included in the 2012 Whitney Biennial, an unusual, though not undeserved, honor for a theater director. His Isolde, now running at the Abrons Arts Center, is a departure from his recent work, a surprisingly conventional play, which he presents in his customary flat, affectless fashion.

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Post image for Ballet Meets Folk for a “Cornbread Duet”

With old-timey string tunes that’ll lift your spirits and your knees, the Carolina Chocolate Drops know how to get the party hopping like no other revivalist band can.

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After money, space is often the tallest hurdle for artists in New York. Performance Space 122′s RAMP is a new residency program offering emerging New York City-based artists a performance venue to develop a piece with supporting tech assistance and premiere it to an audience.

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