Carmelita Tropicana, Erin Markey, Macy Rodman, Raul de Nieves
May 12th, 2015
Abrons Arts Center
NYPAC, the New York Performance Artists Collective, is pleased to announce the return of ANTIFREEZE to Abrons Arts Center. We know you loved last year’s performances, but there’s no need to get high on fumes: ANTIFREEZE 2 brings a new lineup of performers to the stage just as art fair madness hits the city again. In our signature contrarian spirit, we invite you to skip out on the ferries, the paintings, and the champagne. Instead, come join us on May 12th to celebrate the endurance of downtown performance art with this year’s host, the legendary Carmelita Tropicana, as well an eclectic mix of pieces by Erin Markey, Macy Rodman, and Raul de Nieves.
Erin Markey is a comedic writer/performer, actress and singer who has shown work at BAM, Under The Radar Festival, New Museum, PS 122, Lincoln Center Director’s Lab, New York Comedy Festival, San Francisco Film Society, and frequently at Joe's Pub at the Public Theater. She is currently a 2013-2015 artist-in-residence at Brooklyn Arts Exchange writing a musical, A Ride On The Irish Cream, which will premiere at Abrons Arts Center in January 2016. She is a 2014 Franklin Furnace Fund recipient.
Raul de Nieves lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. De Nieves has performed at The Whitney Museum, MoMA PS1, MoMA San Francisco, Performa, and appears in Ryan Trecartin's films. His sculptural shoes have recently been photographed by Mario Sorrenti and Karl Lagerfeld, worn by Lady Gaga, and earned notable press editorials in publications including V Magazine, W Magazine, and Harper's Bazaar. De Nieves has mounted solo exhibitions at MaRS Gallery, Los Angeles (2015), Issue Project Room, New York (2014) Live with Animals, New York (2010); Newman Popiashvili Gallery, New York (2009 and 2007); Galerie Giti Nourbakhsch, Berlin (2008) among others.
Macy Rodman is the 25-year-old founder of Bathsalts, “a drag show for fuck ups,” a weekly queer variety show at Don Pedro in East Williamsburg. A hub for outré drag, music, and performance art, Bathsalts has been called "the new Pyramid Club," and has been featured in The New York Times, Out Magazine, the Huffington Post and Paper Magazine. As a performance artist and musician, Macy has performed at events for organizations including NYPAC, OutFest, Dirty Looks NYC, Bushwig, and ESPTV; and regularly collaborates with NYC artists like Cecilia Corrigan, Alexis Blair Penney, Colin Self, Jake Dibeler, and Diane Dwyer.
Carmelita Tropicana (Alina Troyano) is a performance artist and writer who burst onto New York’s downtown performing arts scene in the eighties with her alter ego, the outré Carmelita Tropicana, a persona created at WOW, a lesbian theatre collective. She has written theatre and performance art works that include: Recycling Atlantis, (2014 performance with video installation with collaborators Ela Troyano and Uzi Parnes) Post Plastica (2012-13 performance with video and art installation with collaborator Ela Troyano); With What Ass Does a Cockroach Sit? (2004 solo published in Animal Acts: Performing Species Today Anthology 2014); Meine Box/Berlin (2012 performance); Milk of Amnesia (1994 solo monologue); Memorias de la Revolucion (1987 play co written with Uzi Parnes), Chicken Sushi (1987 performance video). These works have been presented/produced at venues such as the Institute of Contemporary Art (London), the Hebbel am Ufer (Berlin), Centre de Cultura Contemporanea (Barcelona), Performance Space 122 (New York), the Mark Taper Forum’s Kirk Douglas Theatre (Los Angeles), el Museo del Barrio (New York) and INTAR Theatre (New York). Her scripts have been published in numerous publications including The Drama Review, the award winning anthology O Solo Homo, and her own book: I, Carmelita Tropicana- Performing Between Cultures. She is the editor with H. Hughes and J. Dolan of Memories of the Revolution, a book tracing the first 10 years of WOW (forthcoming 2015). Her awards and fellowships include: Anonymous Was a Woman Award, New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowships (scriptwriting and Performance art), The Cintas Fellowship, the Teddy Bear Award at the Berlin Film Festival, and an Obie for sustained excellence in performance. Performance Space 122 honored Tropicana for her artistic achievement at their 30th Anniversary.