NEW YORK CITY: The Collapsable Hole, the downtown artist-run venue and performance lab, has announced that it will reopen after a two-and-a-half-year hiatus. The company’s new location will be at the Westbeth Artist Housing complex in the West Village.
Collapsable Hole will present and develop new work year-round, with a focus on cross-disciplinary performance. The new company is a collaboration between a group of nine performing artists and companies: Mallory Catlett, Annie Dorsen, Jim Findlay, Findlay//Sandsmark, Daniel Fish, Immediate Medium, Aaron Landsman, Okwui Okpokwasili, and Radiohole. The Collapsable Giraffe will act as managing partner of the Collapsable Hole in its latest incarnation.
The revival of the company came to be when original Collapsable Giraffe member Findlay presented his newest work Vine of the Dead in the former boiler room/sculpture studio at the Westbeth Artist Housing complex, as part of a short-term residency. That residency led to the long-term rebirth of Collapsable Hole.
Collapsable Hole was founded in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, in 2000 as a partnership between the experimental theatre companies the Collapsable Giraffe and Radiohole. The original Collapsable Hole, which closed with some fanfare in 2013, served as the artistic home of both the Collapsable Giraffe and Radiohole, as well as a variety of New York-based and international companies. Some notable collaborators and performances include Elevator Repair Service (first presentation of Gatz), Cynthia Hopkins (workshop of Success of Failure ), Hoi Polloi (presentation of Shadows), National Theater of the United States (the first iteration of Chautauqua ), Young Jean Lee, Big Dance Theater, Banana Bag and Bodice, Goro Tronsmo, Kate Valk, and Phil Soltanoff. Collapsable Hole received an Obie Award grant in 2003.