Park Avenue…shit; I’m still only in Park Avenue… Every time I think I’m gonna wake up back in the jungle
Drawn from footage of a performance designed for the landmark historical rooms of the Park Avenue Armory, recently opened to the public at the time of the video’s making, Park Avenue…shit… is a reflection on questions of history, memory, the epic, and the ephemeral. The Armory was built in New York City in the late 19th century as both a military training facility and all-male social club. Combining dance, text, and a musical score commissioned by the artists, Park Avenue…shit… is a reverie and revision at the intersection of public and military space. Debra Ann Servider, who provides the voiceover, was living in the Armory at the time as resident of a shelter for homeless women.
Credits Performances by Jonathan Drillet, Ryan Kelly Davon Rainey, Marlène Saldana, Debra Ann Servider, Jose Tena, Anthony Whitehurst, and ICE | International Contemporary Ensemble Edited by Gerard & Kelly with Javier Bosques Original sound score created by Gerard & Kelly from music composed by Du Yun and Mario Diaz de León Camera operators Javier Bosques, Devan Mulvaney, and Yaniv Schulman Lighting design by Marcus Doshi Costume design by Camille Assaf-Doshi
The artists gratefully acknowledge Park Avenue Armory (New York, NY) for residency in association with the development of this work.