Listening Station and Archive: The Panoply Performance Laboratory (PPL)
In Nov. 2011 (SPAN) will begin to work with The Panoply Performance Laboratory (PPL) to iterview artists that are working in conjunction with The Panoply Performance Laboratory (PPL).
The Panoply Performance Laboratory (PPL) is a performance collective formed in 2006 by librettist/director/video artist Esther Neff and composer/musician/sound artist Brian McCorkle. PPL’s hyper-structural performance art projects are developed in collaboration with individuals from many different walks of life, and through community workshops, interviews, and other engaged practices. They often examine complex systems and trace epistemic, emotional, and socio-political viewpoints held by individuals and groups. Using home-made technological set-ups, multiple languages, video, interactive and participatory elements, field-recorded sound, and found materials, PPL works operate across many disciplines, born out of a trajectory of multi-media opera influenced by the work of Robert Ashley, Laurie Anderson, Bertolt Brecht, and other work in experimental music, theater, and performance art. PPL has performed in New York City at Dixon Place, University Settlement, University of the Streets, The Brick Theater, Gathering of the Tribes Gallery, ABC No Rio, The West End Theater, The Hudson Guild Theater, the Manhattan Theatre Source, Judson Church, Surreal Estate, Studio Maya, IRT, The Brecht Forum, The Brooklyn Arts Exchange, The Battle Ranch, 14 Wall Street (Workforce/Forced Work through Swing Space in 2009) two chashama spaces, in a pop-up gallery through QMAD, at the LaGuardia Performing Arts Center, Columbia University, and other educational institutions, in bars and parking lots, on the Theresienwiese where the Oktoberfest is held in Munich, Germany, above a mall in Goshen, Indiana, and many other spaces and sites elsewhere. PPL has created the operas On the Cranial Nerves of Barbarians, and The Last Dreams of Helene Weigel or How to Get Rid of The Feminism Once and For All, the trilogy The Transformational Grammar of the Institutional Glorybowl, the installation/software/ performance/video The Silviculture Museum, the film In the Company of Eshu, and many other plays, videos, and performances.
Current and Past PPL collaborators include:
Ella Joyce Buckley
Michael J. Connolly
Cat Gilbert (Gratuitous Art Films)
Matthew Stephen Smith