The king of the multi-hyphenate, James Franco, is presenting a new performance piece at MoMA PS1 on April 7. Not a stranger to the world of performance art, Franco has done performance pieces with Laurel Nakadate (Three Performances in Search of Tennessee) at Performa 2011 and is friends and collaborators with the “grandmother of performance art” Marina Abramovic.
The performance, titled Bird Shit, is a hybrid of theater, dance, performance art, and live and recorded music. Taking cues from Chekov’s The Seagull, Franco’s team will be turning that text upside down. Franco is collaborating with choreographer-actor Chloe Kernaghan, musician-artist Nina Ljeti, and directors Joshua Richards, Zach Kershberg, and Tine Thomasen. The show seems to be in line with Franco’s live performance piece from 2011, Collage, a multimedia performance that included live music, theater, and dance as well as live projections.
So if you are in for a weird-wacky-fun-etc.-etc. performance, then check out Bird Shit. And knowing Franco’s work, I’m sure there will be a few surprises along the way.
Performances are at 2:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. in the VW Dome. Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 day of the event.