Friday, December 30, 2005
I recently returned from Tel Aviv where I was invited to present work at Performance Art Platform as part of the Thursday/Saturday Nights Monthly Program. The Special Cabaret Program featured work by Hadas Gertman, Michal Herner-Rozenman and (me) Greg Walloch.
In Hadas Gertman's Tales About The Private Closet, Hadas performs her personal history connected to various dresses that she has sewn over the years. While using spoken word she slips in and out of outfits to the soundtrack of Maurice Ravel's Boléro.
Michal Herner-Rozenman with Yaron David (Pictured Left) explore a series of actions that are all at once moving, disturbing, sensual, yet detached in Fisting.
I presented a series of short collected stories and invited an audience member to dance in Fuck The Disabled.
This performance experience was something completely different for me. It was such a pleasure to experience the sharpness and sensitivity of the audiences in Tel Aviv and to have the opportunity to approach my work feeling breathless and new about it.
Earlier in the week I went to see The Second Law of Thermodynamics featuring Ensemble 209 members Tamar Raban, Guy Gutman, Lior Amir-Kariel, Daniel Bruk, Bayne Gatuhune, Yousef Salame, Yana Fridman, Beni Kori, and (visiting artist) Ya'acov Chefetz.
Ushered into the performance space by Lior Amir-Kariel via an old fashioned school roll call, the audience are transformed into students. The infantalized spectators are seated by assigned numbers in sunken rows that are in the center of a raised stage.
The often kinetic sound, action, and video of the piece takes place overhead and three hundred and sixty degrees around the students as the ensemble takes us through nine lessons. In the lesson on Hygiene and Cleanliness Yana Fridman walks through the rows of pupils scrupulously inspecting our dirty hands and issuing wet towels.
Tamar Raban copies lines from The Health Notebook in white chalk onto the walls of the performance space, often transcribing each new line of text on top of the line she has just written. This is one of the elements that creates texture and a natural soundtrack to accompany the performance. The Health Notebook was published in 1947 for the pupils of the first Hebrew school.
At the conclusion of The Second Law of Thermodynamics the rows of desks are lifted and the participants are freed to return to their adult lives. These are just a few examples from this dynamic performance piece.
Although I don't speak hebrew, I could feel the intention of the ironic, institutionalized classroom and appreciate the tenderness as each ensemble member stepped forward to tell a quieter personal story.
Ensemble 209 at Performance Art Platform are such an inspiring community of creative people. I feel fortunate and am grateful for what this experience afforded me personally and as an artist. My heartfelt thanks to artistsic director Tamar Raban, curator and friend Yaron David, the lovely Beni and Jacaranda Kori, and all of the people at Performance Art Platform for their hospitality. A perfect end to the closing year and a wonderful beginning to the new one.
Thanks to all the folks who tune to read this web log. Have a Happy New Year, see you in 2006!
Tuesday, December 13, 2005
Two little fashion items for you.(Pictured Above: Photographer Bryan Ockert)
Here's what I think when interviewed about Functional Fashion trends at Planet Out!
Here's how I look when photographed by the sexy and gifted photographer Bryan Ockert at BryanOckert.com
Saturday, December 10, 2005
Hey did you hear? Daniel Cartier is back in town!! I went to his concert/welcome home party at the famed Hotel Chelsea. How can one guy be so cute, sweet and talented?!? Oh, am I kissing his ass? Well, I was just trying to make it feel better. (Pictured Above: Daniel Cartier)
Thursday, December 01, 2005
The mustached and mysterious Greg Thompson sent me a signed copy of his very steamy coffee-table book Warning. Thanks Greg, it's like Christmas came early this year! (Pictured: Greg Thompson)
Warning indeed: contains glamourous, gay adult content! (Pictured: Johnny Hazzard)
Tuesday, November 22, 2005
I'm happy that the weather has started to turn wintery here and New York feels cozy. Recently I performed at The Living Room in the acclaimed reading series East Side Oral hosted by the lovely Elise Miller who is working on her sophomore novel and second baby, congratulations! The evening included the talents of JB MCGeever, Jason Wachtelhausen, Todd Levin, and me Greg Walloch. East Side Oral is one of the best long running literary series in New York, so check it out!
The very next night I was back at The Living Room to see the amazingly gifted Mike Viola. Watch "You Belong To Me" and see Mr. Viola in a tub, sexy!
(Pictured: Mike Viola)
Mike Viola will be doing a residency at The Living Room every Monday night at 9PM through the end of the year. UPDATE: Dates added - Every Monday night at 10PM through the end of January. UPDATE: Dates added - Every Monday night May 2007 at 9PM. Go Now!
Happy Holidays y'all!
Tuesday, October 11, 2005
For those of you who've been asking, I'm finally back on the West coast, for a little bit of time anyway.
On the flight out to LA I met The Amazing Kreskin. I didn't ask him to bend any spoons or foretell my future, but I did notice that his business card does say "Even now I know what you're thinking." For several days I kept looking at the card obsessively repeating to myself, "Get out of my head Kreskin! Oh God, can he hear me thinking that?!?" and then I realized I'd just forgotten to take my medication... Everything is fine now.
(Pictured: Greg Walloch and Monica Palacios)
I'm in Los Angeles working on a new performance piece The Queer Physically Challenged Latina & White Sonny & Cher Of Now with Monica Palacios at Highways Performance Space.
After rehearsals I've been hanging out at BITE on 30 Washington Boulevard. Great drinks, sushi, and a hunk of a waiter! It feels lovely and so easy having dinner seaside in Venice beach, where the boys stroll by shirtless with their pants slung low and the women all look like wanna be porn stars. Ah, the special beauty of Southern California...
Though I did see a woman here the other day waiting to cross the street on Ocean Front Walk and she seemed confused. I walked over to offer her some help, because she looked like she might have had Downs Syndrome or may have been mentally challenged, but as I got closer I realized that she'd just had way too much plastic surgery. I'm not sure, but she might have been one of the women from the cast of Desperate Housewives now that I think about it. She had crossed the street by the time I had reached the corner, so we'll never know.
See me while I'm in LA. Come check out our show!
The Queer Physically Challenged Latina & White Sonny & Cher Of Now on October 14th & 15th 8:30PM, $20. Highways Performance Space and Gallery at the 18th Street Arts Center - 1651 18th Street in Santa Monica, CA. See ya there.
Sunday, September 25, 2005
Summer is drawing to a close and what better way to spend those last warm evenings than at the beach?
Last weekend I was invited to perform at Coney Island's Burlesque at the Beach with Epstein & Hassan a.k.a. The Black & The Jew.
Some of the performers featured were The Great Fredini and the lovely Remy Vicious.
Coney Island USA is located at 1208 Surf Avenue in Brooklyn.
See you by the seaside next Summer!
Thursday, September 08, 2005
I've just returned from presenting work at Castle of Imagination: the International Performance Art Festival in Poland. The festival began in Northern Poland in Ustka and Slupsk then continued to Torun and Krakow.
The festival featured 35 artists from 13 countries: from Israel (Yaron David, Beni Kori, Yaacov Chefez - video), USA (Greg Walloch, Rose Hill, Peter Grzybowski - video), Germany (Parycja German, Patrick Jambon, Alexandra Gneissl), Ireland (Anne Seagrave), Italy (Giovanni Fontana), Poland (Karolina Stepniowska, Ewa Rybska, Wladyslaw Kazmierczak, Dariusz Fodczuk, Wojtek Kowalczyk, Danuta Nawrocka, Karolina Wiktor, Aleksandra Kubiak, Wicza, Paweł Kwaśniewski, Anna Syczewska), Czech Rep. (Jiri Suruvka, Ivanna Obstova), Canada (Maria Legault, Shannon Cochrane, John Boehme), Finland (Leena Kela), Latvia (Group AUSEKLIC / USINS), Holland (Peter Baren), Egypt (Omar Ghayat), Belarus (Denis Romanowski).
Meeting everybody at this festival and having the privilege of experiencing their work was profound in my life in ways words can't express. It is something special that I will remember forever.
Stay tuned for another Blog entry for Castle of Imagination.
Here are some photos by Wladyslaw Kazmierczak & Jacek Chmielewski
(Pictured: Beni Kori)
(Pictured: Yaron David)
(Pictured: Wojtek Kowalczyk & Danuta Nawrocka)
(Pictured: Wladyslaw Kazmierczak)
(Pictured: Leena Kela)
(Pictured: Parycja German)
(Pictured: Dariusz Fodczuk)
(Pictured: Patrick Jambon)
(Pictured: Maria Legault & Plus One)
(Pictured: Shannon Cochrane)
Wednesday, August 03, 2005
If you live in New York, I'm sure that now and again you find yourself thinking something like: "There are so many great museums in the city, I should really get out and go to one once in awhile... Man, I'm horny... Do we have any wine?" Well, you are in luck! Greg Walloch (that's me!) joins Epstein & Hassan a.k.a. The Black & The Jew for a special edition of the acclaimed neo-burlesque show Shock & Awe A-Go-Go. One Night Only, Friday, July 15 ***SOLD OUT*** at the Museum of Sex 233 Fifth Avenue at 27th Street in New York City. Tour of Museum and Cocktail Hour: 7:00 - 8:00 PM Show: 8:15 - 9:35 PM Advance tickets: $25.00 Smartix.com or Museum of Sex Box Office 212.689.6337 $25 in advance, $30 at the door. Admission includes tour of museum, performance and complementary wine.
New shows added!
September 9th and October 14th
New shows added At The Cutting Room!
WARNING: THIS SHOW CONTAINS NUDITY!
Join Epstein & Hassan a.k.a. The Black & The Jew for the acclaimed neo-burlesque show Shock & Awe A-Go-Go. Shock & Awe A-Go-Go is a truly original pan-sexual burlesque show filled with erotic spectacle, danger and forbidden pleasures. Shock & Awe A-Go-Go is the intersection of identity, sex, and freedom! Your hosts Epstein & Hassan present burlesque artists: Jo "Boobs" Weldon, The Black Man, Lil' Brooklyn, Ammo, Rose Wood and Greg Walloch.
February 24th, March 3rd, 10th, at 8:00 PM
Chris Noth's Cutting Room - 19 West 24th Street in New York City.
Wednesday, July 20, 2005
It has been an unbelievably hot summer here in New York City and I've been trying to find ways to pamper myself through the heat. So lately while I'm laying around naked on the kitchen tile after my fourth shower of the day, I find myself dreaming of being in San Francisco. If you can't travel to your favorite city then just bring the luxury of that city to you. Visit: Citizen Cake, Nancy Boy, Recchiuti Chocolate. Keep dreaming...
Monday, June 20, 2005
Yesterday I got the urge to travel. I packed a bag, grabbed my passport and headed out to Fort Greene, Brooklyn for the afternoon.
I met my brother Jeff for a late lunch, it was actually about 5pm, but sometimes that still counts as lunch in New York. You folks who often find yourselves at a 24hr diner or deli at 2am know what I'm talking about... Not only is my brother Jeff Walloch an awesome guy to be related to, he's also a truly gifted photographer.
We walked down Fulton Street enjoying the sun and happened upon Habana Outpost - 755-757 Fulton Street Brooklyn.
We wanted a place to sit outside and enjoy the weather and this seemed perfect. The food was delicious! We both had The Grilled Corn Mexican Style, The Chicken Diablo Sandwich and a drink for about $10. With great company, an affordable menu and such wonderful food, what more could ya ask for?
Habana Outpost has so much more! What makes Habana Outpost really special is that it is New York City's first solar-powered restaurant and market. Open from May 21, 2005 until Halloween there will be an outdoor market with local up-and-coming artists, merchants and underground designers selling their wares.
At Habana Outpost food wastes are composted, paper materials used are post-consumer waste recycled material, soaps are one hundred percent biodegradable, non-toxic, phosphate free, never tested on animals, and they use bio plastics which are biodegradable and will be included in their food waste composting program. This is a great place to access neighborhood talents, support local economies and go Green! So visit Brooklyn, it's not so far and may-be I'll see you there.
Thursday, June 16, 2005
Last week I had a fabulous time performing in Starlight Revue at Starlight Lounge. The show is hosted by the fierce and funny Keith Price.
Thursday, June 02, 2005
Spring has finally sprung here in New York now that it's almost Summer. Life happens so much faster than I can Blog it. Recently between my work in Germany and Los Angeles, I made a quick stop in Toronto to perform at We're Funny That Way Comedy Festival. This festival is always such a good time and is run so seamlessly by Maggie Cassella, Lindy Zucker and Cheryl Izen. Highlights in the festival were the dazzling B-Girlz (who I shared my evening's performance with), the unbelievably funny and talented Unitard - Mike Albo, Nora Burns, and David Ilku (who I shared many drinks with at Woody's Bar later that evening), Me Love You Long Time: Hiphop Comedy Invasion with Kate Rigg and Lyris Hung (who I only saw for a second, but they are like the two coolest chicks on the planet), Morgan Brayton and Julie Goldman (Julie Goldman got married during the festival and Morgan's Mercury was in retrograde it seemed, but I hear she pulled it off like the sexy kitten she is), Loungezilla a.k.a. The Oops Guys (I love these adorable guys so much and have sort of naughty fantasies about them sometimes, but who doesn't?), dropping some funny sketch comedy along with their pants were Gavin Crawford and Dave Tomlinson, (Sweet Dave Tomlinson who is "on a major roll right now" according to Lex Vaughn his longtime comedy partner from Glyph, who has a part in the new John Cameron Mitchell film Shortbus, so she should know), and I met Scott Thompson of Kids In The Hall who mentioned that he loved my show... (OMG! He really really liked me!), all this and more went down at Buddies in Bad Times Theater in Toronto!
Toronto, (better than America, but cool, because they act like they don't know it.)
Wednesday, May 25, 2005
Riding the M60 home from La Guardia Airport, I traded my MetroCard for dollar bills to help a fellow traveler get on the bus. Yeah, NY busses only take coin or cards, drag... We struck up a conversation and introducing himself, Keith told me he was in town to screen his documentary: We Jam Econo: the story of the minutemen at The Walter Reade at Lincoln Center. He offered me a few passes to the film and reception. Contrary to what your mom told you, you should talk to strangers on the bus. Thanks Keith!
The New York premiere was amazing! I wish these guys great success.
We Jam Econo: the story of the minutemen
Produced by Keith Schieron. Directed by Tim Irwin.
A totally engrossing documentary that chronicles the San Pedro, CA punk rock band The Minutemen: D. Boon, Mike Watt, and George Hurley. Featuring interviews with Flea, John Doe, Greg Ginn, Richard Hell, Ian MacKaye, Thurston Moore, Henry Rollins and more.
This film took me back to my high school days in Southern California and perfectly captured the early 80's "do-it-yourself" energy of the burgeoning Los Angeles punk scene. We Jam Econo: the story of the minutemen will play at Anthology Film Archives August 29th, through September 1st, 2005 in New York City. Click here to view the trailer.
I was in Los Angeles earlier this week to do a photo shoot for a show I'll be premiering with Monica Palacios at Highways Performance Space in October. More info about the show in a future post, stay tuned.
It was sweet and poignant to hang out in Venice Beach only a few streets away from my very first LA apartment. Back then I rented a small studio for around $575. I lived less than one block from the buzz and color of the Venice boardwalk and beachfront. Ahh, the good old days... I can barely believe that I lived there more than fifteen years ago?!? I miss falling asleep to the sound of the ocean and the taste of salt in the air. Here's a photo from our shoot, we are very serious.
(Pictured: Lance Bass)
Flying to LAX on American Airlines, (the preferred airline for Greg Walloch travel) I sat next to Lance Bass certified cosmonaut, member of *NSYNC, and an all around sweet guy. I'm not an *NSYNC fan per se, though I did really like that single that was produced by BT. Mr. Bass and myself chatted a bit and found we had a few folks in common, it's funny how it is such a small world.
Back in New York now and back to work. There are some fun shows coming up this summer, check out www.GregWalloch.com for more details.
Monday, May 16, 2005
It was so much fun performing at TWEED's Lit Light last week!
Check out this review in the New York Times-Cheerful Ode to Lemons of Literature.
(Pictured: Flotilla Debarge)
My favorite of the evening was Flotilla Debarge reading Uncle Tom's Cabin. In my "view" Flotilla has real "star" quality.
Sunday, May 15, 2005
These guys give the best aural in NY!
Marwood Will be playing at the lower east side hot-spot Rothko this coming Tuesday, May 17th at 8:00pm. Rothko 116 Suffolk Street @ Rivington in New York City. Marwood was just featured on Podcast NYC's Alley Cuts. The show can be sent straight to your ipod! Marwood's new self-titled EP is now on-sale at CDBaby.com
Greg Walloch - Love and Life In the Urban Jungle.
I had an amazing time performing in the All In One solo performance series at DAI's Das Haus der Kultur in Heidelberg.
Thank you to all who worked on the show and to the audiences who came out to see it!
On the way to the airport I crossed paths with Jerry Harmon - The Smoky Mountain Gypsy, he was just arriving to do his show. We'd never met before, but we "spotted" each other right away, I guess it takes a storyteller to know one. Maybe we just both had that road weary look? What a cool guy! The great thing about touring is that you get to meet so many talented an interesting folks.
Heidelberg is beautiful! I often found myself thinking, "I didn't know there were still places this beautiful on the planet..." That could've been the Absinthe talking, but I don't think so.
Wednesday, May 04, 2005
The very first time I met Morgan Brayton she was wearing a black fur bikini and a pair of cat ears! Right away I knew we'd hit it off.
her new pretty pink website!
Tuesday, May 03, 2005
Monday, May 02, 2005
Greg Walloch appears at Lit Lite: The Lousy Literature Series
Fiction Can Be Bad For You
Greg Walloch reads from Ethan Hawke’s novels, THE HOTTEST STATE and ASH WEDNESDAY.
Sweetie reads from J.T. LeRoy’s first novel, SARAH.
Flotilla deBarge, Official Black Person of the New Millennium, reads from Naomi Campbell’s first novel, THE SWAN.
"We read the crap so you don’t have to.”
Elmo Lounge - 7th Avenue and 20th Street in New York City. May 10th, 9:00 PM $5.00
Sunday, May 01, 2005
Buddies in Bad Times Theatre
May 12th 7:30PM
12 Alexander Street
Pay What You Wish/Box Office: 416-975-8555