YOU WANT the usual, we-know-what-we're-getting New York theater
experience — well there's always "Cats" or "Footloose.~ But if you're
up for something decidedly different, as well as free, there's "By
Any Means Necessary: New Experiments in Interdisciplinary Performance,"
a series of four, one-night events that starts Wednesdav at the
Whitney Museum of American Art at Philip Morris in Manhattan.
premise is a little bit to bring downtown to midtown, and to give
people a chance to try something new," says Debra Singer, resident
curator and producer of the series. While the Whitney branch offers
free performances year-round she says this series is different
in being unrelated to the gallery's exhibitions.
In its sampling of the 'downtown'
avant-garde, "By Any Means Necessary", which ends June 7, emphasizes
unusual combinations of dance, mime, sound, images and text.
Zero Boy, known for his wacky vocal sound effects, will paradoxically
combine mime and sound in "AIice in Zeroland~ (May 10), a work-in-progress
the artist describes as "an 'Alice in Wonderland' meets 'Blade
Runner' cyberpunk performance trip." (It's one of those things
you probably just have to see to understand.)
The glass-walled performance
space has seating for 200, with standing room for another 200,
Singer says. Performances, which last an hour or so, begin at
8 p.m. Doors open at 7:30, ~ seating is on a first-come, first-seated
basis, and no reservations are accepted. Just show up and catch