The Panoply Performance Laboratory (PPL) is a multi-disciplinary co-operative organized by director/playwright/visual artist Esther Neff and composer/sound artist/musician Brian McCorkle. Formed to facilitate non-hierarchical dialectic and aesthetic exchange, co-apprenticeships (mutual exchange of discipline skills, information, and ideology/theory) in performance and performative art, PPL’s devised work most often focuses on rhetoric, institutional systems, the social sciences, and the role of emotion in these. Most recent projects include On the Cranial Nerves of Barbarians, a documentary operetta performed at Gathering of the Tribes Gallery, Dixon Place, Manhattan Theatre Source and elsewhere in Spring 2009, installation/performance The Silviculture Museum, chashama, 2008, with Chiasui Chen, Shawna Ferrato, and Herbie Go, Cultur(e)ality: Loud is the Oral Diary of the Western World with Chiasui Chen, and Qualia with Matthew Stephen Smith both at BAX and elsewhere, class/performance Schooled and Unschooled at Dixon Place and West End Theatre 2008, and the film/performance series In the Company of Eshu. Brian McCorkle plays in gypsy jazz band Djangos and Tangos, What Color is your Machine Gun, and just released an album called Detailed Diagrams for Complicated Machinery. Esther Neff’s past work includes collaboration with Dina Keller in Munich, Germany, work with the Internationalists Directors Collective at the Space, the Public Theater, and the LaGuardia Performing Arts Center, and theatre direction.

PPL will be developing a performance piece called Work Force/Forced Work, a seminar for all involved in the American work force. Structural, argumentative, and verging on hysterical, the piece is part of a trilogy about demos and the formation of the sensible.

Image credit: Courtesy of the artist