Brian McCorkle during an Embarrassed of the Whole process at No Nation in Chicago (screenshot from video by Joern J. Burmester, via Facebook event page)

Panoply Performance Laboratory is known for its ambitious and nebulous projects that embrace the shifting terrain of performance art. The group takes the best of DIY culture and tries it all; the fact that they accomplish all this on a shoestring budget with virtually no funding makes what they do all the more impressive.

For February, Panoply has been performing a new month-long “opera of operations,” titled Embarrassed of the Whole. It is, in the group’s own words, “a work of operatic philosophy investigating anti-holistic complex systems and personal righteousness.”

This is an experimental piece that takes place in Panoply’s small, raw space on a residential stretch of Meserole Street in East Williamsburg. The opera is crowdsourced and I expect it will be wacky.

When: Nightly through February 28 (performance times below; pay-what-you-can, cash only at the door)
Where: Panoply Performance Laboratory (104 Meserole Street, East Williamsburg, Brooklyn)

The remaining performance are:

  • Thursday, February 23, 8pm: “Violistakaren”; 9pm: “IV”; 10pm: “Sierra.Elena”
  • Friday, February 24, 8pm: “Valerie Kuehne”; 9:30pm: “It’s Me”; 10pm: “2sad4dismrkfrshspnch”; 11pm: “abandonedtires”
  • Saturday, February 25, 7pm: “ilzost”; 8pm: “imageobject”; 9pm: “cafecafè”
  • Sunday, February 26, 5pm: “dahvvv”
  • Monday, February 27, 8pm: “lolotrashbo”
  • Tuesday, February 28, 8pm: “tinyfruit”

More info here.

Hrag Vartanian is editor-in-chief and co-founder of Hyperallergic.