The singular work of Paris-based Spanish filmmaker, playwright, poet, and artist Fernando Arrabal defies categorization, utilizing humor, shock, and confrontation while embracing excess, irrationality, and the grotesque. In a celebration of Arrabal’s provocative oeuvre, poet Todd Colby will MC two evenings of poetry, cabaret interventions, and impromptu performances at the Bowery Poetry Club, all presided over by the legendary artist himself. Drawing inspiration from Arrabal’s 1992 film Farewell Babylon!, in which a modern-day Nadja traverses the streets of New York in the chaos of the city, the evening will feature a collage of vibrant characters. Fernando Arrabal, Transcendent Satrape of the Collège du Pataphysique, will pay homage to Benjamin Péret and ‘dissident surrealist’ René Daumal with a reading of poems and reflections on his encounters with luminaries André Breton, Salvador Dalí, and René Magritte. Featuring interventions by Fernando Arrabal, Todd Colby, Jacolby Satterwhite, Joseph Keckler, Amanda Alfieri, item ditem, Jamie Isenstein, Irvin Moravan, Gage Boone, Ariana Reines, and Mel Gordon.
Presented with in collaboration with the Martin E. Segal Center, CUNY and the Spain Culture New York-Consulate General of Spain. Curated by Marc Arthur and Charles Aubin.
$15 / see ticket link to buy in advance