With its light blue, peeling paint, remnants of broken glass bottles, cracked basin floor and graffiti, the abandoned, 50,000 sq. ft. McCarren Pool is an unlikely space for dance. But Williamsburg-based site-specific choreographer Noémie Lafrance has chosen just this site for her latest work, Agora.
As I wait in the queue to get into the theater for Sarah Michelsons much-publicized Daylight, I am happily surprised to see that PS 122 is finally getting a paint job. A flat primer white replaces the grime that usually inhabits the narrow hallway. My companion is a Californian who has never been to PS 122, so acting the host New Yorker, I tell her proudly that we are about to enter a hallowed performance space, but apologize that it is one less than aesthetically ideal.