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Qubit presents: The Unwellness Center (Robert Ashley, Vanessa Place-Alec Hall, Gelsey Bell, and more)

Date, location, and tickets

Monday, April 22, 2019
at 7:00 PM

Qubit: The Unwellness Center
172 East 4th Street
New York, NY 10009


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Event Information

From April 22 to May 7, Qubit will transform a former Santander Bank branch at 172 East 4th Street into “The Unwellness Center”, which will examine the interstices of the supposedly restorative qualities of contemporary health and wellness trends with the destructive forces of corporate capitalism, digital dystopia, body-image paranoia and ecological decay.

Please join us for the opening reception on April 22 at 7pm, with a premiere performance of “Consent”. Agent provocateuse and practicing attorney Vanessa Place, brings her skills to the board room as bedroom. Place bargains hard to “get to the yes” in a negotiation with attorney and conceptual artist Shevaun Wright. The cast also includes a hot stenographer. Is consent possible? 

As part of The Unwellness Center, Qubit is also proud to present two remarkable evenings of new and rarely heard work by some of America’s best-known conceptualists. With two shows, on April 26 and 27 at 7pm, this is truly an event not to be missed. The Unwellness Center will also provide guests with bespoke supplements for purchase, health examinations, fitness and meditation classes and a nap room, in addition to a series of performances. 

Set in a former Santander Bank Branch in Alphabet City, Varispeed will perform their arrangement of Robert Ashleys “The Bank” from his masterpiece Perfect Lives. Varispeed’s site-specific rendition of Perfect Lives found its way onto both Time Out New York’s and the LA Times’s Best of 2011 lists back when they first performed it in Brooklyn and Manhattan. Since then, it has traveled to Jersey City, the Catskills, Pittsburgh, and Middletown, CT. The members of Varispeed – Gelsey Bell, Brian McCorkle, Paul Pinto, Dave Ruder, and Aliza Simons – have been celebrated for their interpretations of Ashley’s work and recently appeared in the production of Robert Ashley’s Improvement at the Kitchen. Vanessa Place and Alec Hall will present their latest collaborative work, while in the spirit of unwellness, composer-performer Gelsey Bell will perform a solo from her current work-in-development “Within,” which explores themes of embodiment, pain, disease, and uteri.

Tickets for the events, as well as spin classes, unwellness checkups, nap times, and more are available for free booking at www.unwellnesscenter.com. And on May 4, to close out the events, Philip White, Mariel Roberts and Alec Hall will perform solo sets at 7pm.


Dates and Time, location:

172 East 4th Street, corner of Ave A and East 4th


April 22, opening event, “Consent” 7pm

April 26/27, Place+Hall, Varispeed (Ashley), Gelsey Bell 7pm

May 4, Alec Hall, Philip White, Mariel Roberts 7pm

Soul-cycle classes: April 30, May 1, May 2, 2pm each day.

Unwellness checkups: April 25, 28, 29, 30, May 1, 1 to 5pm each day.

This event is supported by a grant from New Music USA.