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David Levine’s “Habit” Performance Art Coming to Essex Street Market
Zoo-like spectacle is on its way to the Lower East Side. The stunt – watching three actors perform a ninety-minute drama on loop for eight hours a day for ten days straight. Starting Friday at 1 pm, the abandoned Essex Street Market warehouse at Rivington will host this experimental event co-presented by Performance Space 122 and Crossing the Line.
Cooked up by David Levine, the goal of “Habit” is to meld elements of conventional theater, reality TV, and visual arts performance. The unconventional play is housed within a fully furnished four-wall construction (“sculpture”) resembling an American ranch. Speech is all scripted but the actions are completely improvised – they eat when hungry and wash when dirty. Almost like real humans!
Spectators will have a chance to walk around the house perimeter and observe through open windows.