The period between the late ’80s and early ’90s was a time of mass pop-culture hysteria, with the Big Apple’s underground club scene at the center. K: The Rise and Fall of the New York Club Kids takes another look at this tumultuous, heartbreaking and exhilarating time in outsider art history; the Pandemic Collective – a “horror” theater company – will use Denver subterranean dance club Milk to create a site-specific, immersive theatrical recounting of the events surrounding the 1996 murder of Club Kid Andre Melendez, aka Angel.
Based on memoirs, interviews, documented footage and, most famously, the 2003 fictional film Party Monster, K re-creates the era that birthed rave culture and its notorious cast of drug dealers, dancers and drag queens. “The environment these people created was almost like an escape from society; they were outsiders who created a world that they could be a part of and ended up destroying it,” says Rhea Amos, writer, producer and artistic director of the Pandemic Collective. For the performance, Milk will be transformed into a seedy neo-disco of yore, complete with live soundscapes from sound designer Kenny Storms. The show will move throughout Milk’s three rooms, and audience members will be invited to grab a drink at the bar, take a seat, or dance along with the cast throughout the performance.
K: the Rise and Fall of the New York Club Kids starts at 7:30 p.m. May 11 at Milk, 1037 Broadway; additional performances will take place May 13 and 14. Tickets are $20 plus a service charge and include entry to Milk’s regular dance night following the show. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit pandemiccollective.org.
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