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"…genre-bending art-theater project"
—The New York Times

David Levine

Friday, September 21–Sunday, September 30
from 1–9pm

Essex Street Market

Conversation with David Levine
Saturday, September 29 at 12pm (details below)

Co-presented with Performance Space 122

Featured in The New York Times, Wall Street Journal,
Time Out New York, and more—check recent buzz below

Within a four-walled, fully furnished and functional American ranch house (stocked refrigerator, working stove, plumbing, running water), three actors perform a 90-minute drama on a continuous loop for eight hours a day.

Although the language never changes, they improvise the staging to suit their needs—when they’re hungry, they cook; when they’re dirty, they wash. Spectators will circulate around the house, observing the action through the open windows. A play contained within a sculpture, Habit fuses conventional theater, reality TV, and visual arts performance, short-circuiting our assumptions about spectatorship, performance, routine, reality, and realism.

Artist: David Levine
Environment and Clothes by Marsha Ginsberg 
Text by Jason Grote 
Produced by Maria Luisa Gambale 
Production Manager: Chris Batstone 
Assistant Directors: David Conison & Kristin Meyer

In English

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with David Levine

Saturday, September 29 at 12pm
Essex Street Market

David Levine (Habit creator/director), Eliza Baldi and Brian Bickerstaff (Habit performers) in conversation with Gideon Lester, co-curator of Crossing the Line.

Essex Street Market, Building B
130-144 Essex Street, between Rivington & Stanton St.

Reservations recommended—click here


Recent Buzz & Reviews

Les inRockuptibles
With this stunning 2012 edition, Crossing the Line deserves to have an alter ego in France that is able to return the compliment to the talent of young American artists.
Scènes: Manhattan transfert
Patrick Sourd, November 7, 2012

Home Is Where the Art Is
Jillian Steinhauer, October 17, 2012

Frieze Blog
In Habit
Dan Fox, October 10, 2012

Time Out New York
This Week in New York: Crossing the Line
October 4–10, 2012

Art Fag City
The Real World:
Becoming One With David Levine’s “Habit”

Whitney Kimball, October 3, 2012

Crossing the Line 2012 Journal:
On Denying the Surplus Value of Art(?)

Jeremy M. Barker, October 3, 2012

Untapped New York
Your Week Untapped: Best Events for September 24-30: MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 24: Habit by David Levine
Laura Itzkowitz, October 3, 2012

Daily Housework: In ‘Habit,’ David Levine Makes
Acting a Chore

Michael H. Miller, October 2, 2012

Art in America
David Levine's Habit at the Essex Market
Paul David Young, Sept 29, 2012

NYU Local
NYU Local Sees An Artsy Play Called Habit
And Writes About It

Cara Cifferelli, Sept 28, 2012

The New Yorker
Choose Your Own Adventure
Anna Altman, Sept 28, 2012

The New York Times
Theater Listings for Sept. 28-Oct. 4,
Highly Recommended: Last Chance: David Levine

Sept 27, 2012

The Clyde Fitch Report
“Crossing the Line” Best When it Crosses Lines
Beck Feibelman, Sept 26, 2012

New York Magazine: Vulture
Theater Review: An All-Consuming Habit
Scott Brown, Sept 24, 2012

Time Out New York
David Cote, Sept 24, 2012

The New York Times
"…genre-bending art-theater project"
You Have a Role In This Play: Peeping Tom
Ben Brantley, Sept 24, 2012

Audiences May Develop a 'Habit' for Voyeurism
Andy Propst , Sept 23, 2012

The Wall Street Journal
New York Photos of the Week,
September 15th–September 21st: Habit

Sept 21, 2012

Time Out New York
The Off-Off List: Good Odds: Habit
Sept 20–26, 2012

Editors' Pick
David Levine's "Habit"
Sept 20, 2012

NYC-ARTS Theater: FIAF Crossing the Line 2012
Sept 20, 2012

The Wall Street Journal
In the Market for a Sneak Peek
Lana Bortolot, Sept 20, 2012

The New York Times
Highly Recommended
Theater Listings for Sept. 21-27: Habit
Sept 20, 2012

New York Post Blog
'Hot Box' and 'Einstein on the Beach'
put the audience in charge

Elisabeth Vincentelli, Sept 18, 2012

New York Post
Drunks & stunts enliven fest
Elisabeth Vincentelli, Sept 18, 2012

The Wall Street Journal
The Intoxication of 'Einstein'
Lizzie Simon, Sept 17, 2012

The Lo-Down
Fall Arts Season Kicks off with an International Bent
Robin Schatell, Sept 17, 2012

The Huffington Post
'Crossing The Line': A Dialogue With The Curators For The 2012 New York City Festival (PHOTOS, INTERVIEW)
Hallie Sekoff, Sept 14, 2012

Interview Magazine
Crossing the Line in a Good Way
Effie Bowen, Sept 13, 2012

The Performance Club
Back in the Habit (obvious/lame pun intended, forgive)
Claudia La Rocco, Aug 31, 2012
David Levine Returns to New York with HABIT at PS122
Aug 14, 2012

Huffington Post
David Levine's 'Habit' Loops 90 Minute Melodrama With Improvised Movements (INTERVIEW, VIDEO)
Aug 3, 2012

Guest of a Guest
When Kickstarter Gets Crafty:
The Site's Most Offbeat Projects

July 31, 2012

David Levine’s ‘Habit’ Will Be Performed at Essex Street Market in September
Michael H. Miller, July 30, 2012

Make David Levine a Better Employer
July 24, 2012

Bill Frisell, David Levine, Brian Rogers, Peter Sellars Set for Crossing the Line Festival
Brian Scott Lipton, July 6, 2012

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Venue Info

Essex Street Market
Building B,
130 Essex Street,
Between Rivington
& Stanton Streets
New York, NY 10002

Map & Directions

Co-commissioned by Luminato Festival, Toronto, and Mass MoCA, with support from The Watermill Center
With support from Anonymous

Images: Habit © Marsha Ginsberg

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