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Dixon Place

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Michelle Pena
Michelle Pena
Michelle Pena
Michelle Pena
Michelle Pena
Michelle Pena
Michelle Pena
Michelle Pena
Performance space for original and experimental works
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By Michelle Pena

Dixon Place--an avant-garde theater dedicated to promoting the development of original works of theater, dance, literature, and performance art--is its own most significant work-in-progress.

Upon walking through the entrance to Dixon Place's new location on Chrystie Street, the first thing you may notice are the dim lights. You walk a little further past the bar on the right lined with mis-matched chairs and a chalk-written menu on the back wall and then into the lobby--adorned with rich, oriental rugs and chairs that seem to come from every decade, and encased by deep, golden yellow walls. You might even want to say that the lobby gives off a musty, European feel, and chances are that if you share this observation with the staff, they'll graciously receive it as a compliment. What you're standing in isn't only the lobby of Dixon Place, but doubles as the smaller of two performance spaces in the venue which seats about 40 people, and was designed to recall the European salons of the 17th and 18th centuries. You might see various visual or video art pieces featured in this space, or hear a more intimate literary reading or acoustic performance if you're there during the evening. The ticket office is up ahead on the left, and if you go through the opposite doorway and follow the nude women running down the wall next to the staircase, you'll end up in the larger of the two performance spaces--a bi-level theater which can be manipulated to seat between 70 and 150 audience members.