Justin Allen

March 25-26, 2022

Performances will take place at The Chocolate Factory Theater, 38-33 24th Street, Long Island City.

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Frequency, an improvisational performance by Justin Allen and collaborators Yulan Grant and Ian Andrew Askew, intersects percussive and rhythmic instruments and dance styles to produce, respond to, and interact with vibration. Using bass shakers, the cast will build on the pulsation of techno music.

This new performance takes inspiration from Allen’s first encounters with punk and club subculture as a teen and young adult, and connections among collective movement, sound systems, architecture, and the body. With this work, Allen keys in on the sensations of sound and music to speak to the felt impact, physical and emotional, of these environments.

The performance’s title references vibratory frequencies as well as the way rhythms are constructed with repetition in time. The performance also winks at the expression “shake things up” and the ways subculture breaks from mainstream conventions through experimentation.

Created and Performed by Justin Allen with Yulan Grant and Ian Andrew Askew. Lighting Design by Shana Crawford.

Audio description is featured as part of the performance. Rhythmic components of the work will be transmitted through vibrations or played and performed with live instruments and movement.