Inspired by meditations on horror films, the work of Antonin Artaud, and Ardunio open-source electronics, Radiohole’s Inflatable Frankenstein is a visually and sonically driven performance based on Mary Shelley’s early life and her novel Frankenstein.
Arising from a world of gods and monsters (and thousands of Walmart and Price Chopper grocery bags) is a desecration too terrible to behold and too beautiful to turn away from, leading to an improbable question: what is it like to be a metaphor for everything?
Blood chilling and completely strange, Inflatable Frankenstein is brimming with whims, technological absurdity, and bodily fluids. A larger-than-life, Radiohole gothic teen sex dream.
Performed and Created by Maggie Hoffman, Eric Dyer, Erin Douglass, Joseph Silovsky, Aaron Harrow and Mark Jaynes
Video Design Aaron Harrow
Lighting Design Laura Mcoczkowski
Sound Design James L. McElhinney
Inflatable construction and co-design Romanie Harper
Programmer Ryan Holsopple
Photos by Paula Court
Radiohole is a Brooklyn-based performance collective founded in 1998 by Erin Douglass, Eric Dyer, Maggie Hoffman, and Scott Halvorsen Gillette. One of New York’s preeminent and most rigorous experimental ensembles, The Drama Review described Radiohole as “the quintessential American performance group.” The company has produced eleven original shows that have been presented at venues around New York City including PS122, the Kitchen and the Collapsable Hole and have toured nationally and internationally. In 2009, the group received the Spalding Gray Award in recognition of their achievements.
In 2000, the group co-founded the Collapsable Hole, a rehearsal and performance venue in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. The Collapsable Hole is Radiohole’s artistic home and the base for its Associated Hole Program, which fosters the work of a wide range of innovative artists through space grants and performance presentations. Artists that have participated in the Associated Hole Program include Elevator Repair Service, Banana Bag & Bodice, Joseph Silovsky, Big Dance Theater, and Young Jean Lee’s Theater Company, among others. www.radiohole.com
Inflatable Frankenstein was co-commissioned with support from Performance Space 122, The Kitchen and the Jerome Foundation. This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in Partnership with the city council. Inflatable Frankenstein is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature. Additional production support and residency is provided by EMPAC (Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center).