Volume 79, Number 24 | November 18 - 24, 2009
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Photo by Reto Guntli; courtesy: Sean Kelly Gallery, NY
Analyze this: Marina Abramovic

Find out what’s going on inside the rarefied noggin of New York-based Serbian performance artist Marina Abramovic when she free-associates with Jungian psychoanalyst Lee Robbins — not on a couch, but on the stage; in a museum! Normally, such hushed confessions are the stuff of doctor/patient confidentiality. Thank heaven our reality-obsessed culture has advanced to the point where this qualifies as infotainment! Inspired by the exhibition “The Red Book of C. G. Jung” (on view at RMA through January 2010), “The Red Book Dialogues” series takes the techniques of Jungian analysis and applies them to the hopes, dreams, and memories of a guest artist. When the veil is lifted, will it make a thud or inspire applause? That part, thankfully, is up to you. $25. Thurs., Dec. 3, 7:00 p.m. at Rubin Museum of Art (150 W. 17th Street, between 6th and 7th Aves). For info, call 212-620-5000 or visit www.rmanyc.org

Founded in 1992 by Anne Bogart and Japanese director Tadashi Suzuki, SITI Company seeks to redefine and revitalize contemporary theater in America through an emphasis on international cultural exchange and collaboration. This five-part talk series explores different aspects of the creative process and methods which continue to inform the SITI’s visually compelling, cross-cultural work. First up: a conversation between Bogart, SITI actors and company sound designer Darron L. West — in which all involved pull back the curtain for a revealing look at past collaborations. At 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 23, Dec. 14, Jan. 25, Feb. 15, Mar. 8. $10 per event; $40 for all five; at Dance Theater Workshop (219 W.19th St., btw. 7th and 8th Aves). For tickets, call 212-924-0077, or visit www.siti.org.

Photo courtesy of Bane Barden and Adam When
L to R: Pete Macnamara, Trav S.D., Kate Valentine

When the Berlin Wall was opened 20 years ago, few if any suspected the uneasy family reunions, political upheaval and culture clashes would inspire this Brecht-flavored retelling of “The Comedy of Errors.” “Kitsch, or Two for the Price of One” goes Shakespeare one (two?) better by doubling the number of twins in the immortal bard’s plot. Separated at birth during the Allied Invasion of Berlin in 1945, half are raised in the Communist sector only to be unwittingly reunited with their brothers 44 years later. The result is mass confusion — set to music! Offended? Massively confused? That’s likely the goal of playwright and Villager contributor Trav S.D. — who penned this little travesty while living like a king off the fat of MacDowell and Edward F. Albee Fellowships. Through November 29 (Thurs. through Sat. at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 3 p.m.), at Theater for the New City’s Johnson Theater (155 First Ave., btw. 9th and 10th). Call 866-811-4111 or visit www.ovationtix.com.

“The Legacy Gala” commemorates the 30th anniversary of Valentina Kozlova and Leonid Kozlov’s defection to the United States. The principal dancers with the Bolshoi Ballet grabbed headlines, and freedom, on September 16, 1979 — while on a Bolshoi tour. On this occasion, Kozlova and Kozlov will dance a duet created especially for the occasion by Margo Sappington. Guests include Wendy Whelan, Philip Neal, Irina Dvorovenko, Maxim Beloserkovsky, Whitney Jensen and Albert Davydov. Unfamiliar with any or all of those folks? Invest three minutes on Google and emerge sufficiently impressed. Mon., Nov. 23, 7:30 p.m. at The Joyce Theater (175 Eighth Ave.). For tickets and details about the afterparty at the Firebird Russian Restaurant, call 917-709-1981. Proceeds from the evening will benefit a new “Legacy” scholarship established by Ms. Kozlova.

The revolution won’t be televised, or even streamed on the web. It will likely come about through social changes gleaned from turning the tactile pages of books. A few upcoming events at Revolution Books might get some things started. Dashuan “Jiwe” Morris reads from “War of the Bloods in My Veins” — the brutal and honest memoir chronicling the forces that drove him into gang life (Sun., Nov. 22, 4 p.m.). Every Tuesday night at 7 p.m., count on a discussion on revolution and communism. On Nov. 24, the Black Panther Party episode from the VH1 series “Lords of the Revolution” will be screened. On Dec. 2, political ideology gives way to the more cerebral, but no less revolutionary, philosophies put forth by Jean-Paul Sartre. This book party celebrates “Talking with Sartre: Conversations and Debates”—edited by Sartre-approved biographer John Gerassi. Free ($5 donation suggested donation); at Revolution Books (146 W. 26th St., near 7 Ave.). Call 212-691-3345 or visit www.revolutionbooks.org.

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