Press Release The Andy Warhol Museum Announces Schedule for Off the Wall 2012 Season Performance Series

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Carmelita Tropicana

For immediate release

Friday, November 11, 2011

Off The Wall is a multi-disciplinary performance series devoted to challenging conventional perceptions of art and providing audiences with a diverse offering of unique and thought-provoking live performance experiences.

The 2012 season of Off The Wall features seven nationally acclaimed performing artists and runs from January 21, 2012 through April 27, 2012. Off The Wall 2012 is the 12th season for the program.

The Off The Wall series is curated by Ben Harrison, curator for performing arts at The Warhol. Performances take place at The Warhol, as well as the Byham Theater, Carnegie Lecture Hall, and New Hazlett Theater.

The schedule and artists: Off the Wall: 2012

Mike Daisey: The Agony & Ecstasy of Steve Jobs

Saturday, January 21, 2012
Byham Theater
Co-presented with The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust 8 p.m.

Mike Daisey, writer and commentator for NPR, BBC, and New York Times Magazine, critically acclaimed creator of monologues, and self-proclaimed “Apple fanboy,” trains his patriotic criticism and moral compass on the questionable labor practices of one of the world’s most cherished companies. Through the minimalist form of monologue-based theater, Daisey finds a haven to focus on and emotionally connect to a subject dealing with rapid technological developments and our high- tech obsessions in an increasingly digital age.
Tickets: Ticket range $18 – $35; visit or contact the Box Office at Theater Square at 412-456-6666.


Rabih Mroué: Looking for a Missing Employee
Thursday, February 2, 2012
8 p.m.
Two distinct performances. One unique interdisciplinary artist. Rabih Mroué, a key figure in a new generation of artistic voices in Lebanon, presents Looking for a Missing Employee, which combines video imagery, storytelling and an archive of articles and other documents used to scrutinize the print media’s role in shaping and propagating rumors, public accusations, national political conflicts and scandals. Rabih Mroué is the recipient of the 2010 Spalding Gray Award from PS 122, The Andy Warhol Museum, On the Boards, and the Walker Art Center.

Tickets: $25/$20 CMP members & students; visit or call 412- 237-8300. Both performances (including February 3, Rabih Mroué: The Pixilated Revolution): $30 / $25 CMP members & students
NOTE: Both performances are included in series subscription.

Rabih Mroué: The Pixilated Revolution
Friday, February 3, 2012
8 p.m.
Rabih Mroué, a key figure in a new generation of artistic voices in Lebanon, illustrates his unique interdisciplinary practice, which exists at the crossroads of theater, performance, and visual arts. In Mroué’s latest work in progress, The Pixelated Revolution (co-commissioned by The Warhol), he presents a timely lecture/performance about the usage of mobile phones during the Syrian revolution. Tickets: $10/$8 CMP members & students; visit or call 412- 237-8300. Both performances (including February 2, Rabih Mroué: Looking for a Missing Employee): $30 / $25 CMP members & students

NOTE: Both performances are included in series subscription.

Young Jean Lee: We’re Gonna Die

Friday, February 17, 2012
8 p.m.


Young Jean Lee returns to The Warhol performing with her new band, Future Wife, in We’re Gonna Die, a cabaret-style evening that premiered to rave reviews last April at Joe’s Pub in New York City. In her uniquely unnerving, subversive and hilarious style, Lee has created a dark song cycle with an ultimately affirming message about life’s futility. You may be miserable, but you won’t be alone. Tickets: $25/$20 CMP members & students; visit or call 412- 237-8300.

Carmelita Tropicana: Homage to Jack Smith & Ole/Ghost
Friday, March 2, 2012
8 p.m.
Alina Troyano (aka Carmelita Tropicana) is a Cuban-born, Obie award-winning performance artist, playwright and actor who has used humor, fantasy, and cultural identity as subversive tools to rewrite history. For this one special evening in the Warhol Theater, Tropicana will weave components of two works: Homage to Jack, which reveals her fateful first encounter with the legendary filmmaker and performer Jack Smith, and Ole/Ghost, a story of lost love, obsession and our modern preoccupation with fast fixes.

Tickets: $25/$20 CMP members & students; visit or call 412- 237-8300.

Henry Rollins: The Long March 2012

Saturday, March 17, 2012
Carnegie Lecture Hall
8 p.m.

Co-presented with Carnegie Museum of Art

Spoken word artist, musician, actor, author, radio show host, columnist, iconic cultural gadfly, and frontman for the Rollins Band and the seminal punk band Black Flag, Henry Rollins is above all else a self-described “workaholic.” He brings what the New York Daily News describes as “some of the most provocative chit-chat around” to Carnegie Lecture Hall, via spoken word performances that are a seamless mix of humor and outrage; political commentary and personal anecdote; healthy skepticism and rugged optimism.

Tickets: $25/$20 CMP members & students; visit or call 412- 237-8300.

Kota Yamazaki/Fluid hug hug: (glowing)

Saturday, April 14, 2012
New Hazlett Theater
Co-presented with New Hazlett Theater 8 p.m.

New York based, butoh-trained and Bessie award-winning dancer/choreographer, Kota Yamazaki makes his Pittsburgh debut with his company Fluid hug hug. Inspired by novelist Jun’ichiro Tanizaki’s essay In’ei Raisan (In Praise of Shadows), which describes Japan’s appreciation of the refined beauty found in darkness and shadows, Yamazaki re-examines the fundamentals of butoh. In an unparalleled collaboration with African dancers, American architect Robert Kocik, lighting designer Kathy Kaufmann, and Tokyo-based composer DJ Kohji Setoh, six dancers will perform within a set constructed to evoke the soft lighting and dim interior of a traditional Japanese house.

Co-commissioned by Japan Society and EMPAC (The Curtis R. Priem Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center). This tour of (glowing) is made possible by a grant from Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation with support from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Tickets: $25/$20 CMP members & students; visit or call 412- 237-8300.


Friday, April 27, 2012 Byham Theater
9 p.m.

Co-presented with The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust

This controversial musical maverick has been called the “Andy Warhol of new music” by the Dutch press. Perhaps because JacobTV (Jacob Ter Veldhuis) has a unique “avant pop” sensibility that exists at the high/low crossroads of rock, pop, jazz and classical music. As part of the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust’s Distinctively Dutch Festival, JacobTV will premier his new “reality opera,” THE NEWS. This non fiction video opera is a topical form of Gesammtkunstwerk, based on original footage from the international media: “revealing” one-liners from the likes of Barack Obama, Sarah Palin, Silvio Berlusconi, Fox News, TV evangelists and more.

Tickets: Ticket range $20 – 40; visit or contact the Box Office at Theater Square at 412-456-6666.

Co-presented with The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust as part of the Distinctively Dutch Festival

Season sponsor: Supported in part by Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation Media sponsor:

Pricing information:

Full subscriptions:
$140/$112 Students & Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh members

Single tickets: $25/$20 Students & Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh members For tickets call 412-237-8300 or visit

Special single ticket program pricing:
Mike Daisey at Byham Theater, ticket range $35 – $18 JacobTV at Byham Theater, ticket range $40 – $20

For tickets call 412-456-6666 or visit
Seating is limited for most performances, advance purchase is strongly suggested.

For more information, please visit
Please note: All performances may contain adult subject matter and strong language.

The Warhol receives state arts funding support through a grant from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency funded by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania; the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency; and The Heinz Endowments. Further support is provided by the Allegheny Regional Asset District.

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