Performance art

Performance pioneers DANCENOISE take centre stage at the Whitney

Anne Iobst and Lucy Sexton, the performance art trailblazers behind the East Village sensation DANCENOISE, have come a long way since 1984, when they splattered blood on the walls of actor Steve Buscemi’s apartment during an impromptu performance. Today, the duo is teaming up for a week-long survey and performance series at the Whitney Museum in New York (DANCENOISE: Don’t look back, 22-26 July). The original designer of the Manhattan club and theatre where they staged weekly cabarets, King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut, has resurrected the venue inside the Whitney’s theatre. On Wednesday (22 July), the burlesque revivalist Julie Atlas Muz and the Cuban-born actress Carmelita Tropicana are among the evening’s scheduled performers, while DANCENOISE themselves take the stage on Thursday (23 July). Meanwhile, the comic writer James Vance has designed a sign overlooking the West Side Highway reading, “Honk if You Love DANCENOISE”—so you know who to blame if the city gets a lot noisier this week.