Building a Better Fishtrap / from the river's mouth
New York Live Arts; Bronx River Alliance; and Rocking the Boat
Building a Better Fishtrap / from the river’s mouth is a performance ritual that honors and embodies the stories and spirit of the Bronx River. Created through collaboration with dozens of artists and community members, the work takes audiences by boat on a 1.5-mile stretch of the once embattled waterway; along the way, passengers encounter kaleidoscopic installations that draw from the river’s rich past and present, as well as hopes for her future. The boats will be piloted by docents from Bronx-based partner organizations.
This is the third major installment of choreographer Paloma McGregor’s iterative Fishtrap project; rooted in the reclamation of her 92-year-old father’s vanishing fishing tradition, the work centers on three central questions that arise when you leave your ancestral home: What do you take with you? Leave behind? Return to reclaim? “The doing in this work is its magic,” reflected Ni’Ja Whitson in InfiniteBody. “And McGregor does both the subtle and grand with such intention, the magic hypnotizes.”
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Locations & Route:
Two simultaneous performances will be activated along the Bronx River. Audiences can board boats at Starlight Park or Hunts Point Riverside Park, then will ride to Concrete Plant Park and return to their respective starting locations. Audiences will spend 2 hours on the boat routes.
1490 Sheridan Expy, Bronx, NY 10459
Hunts Point Riverside Park
1409 Lafayette Ave, Bronx, NY 10474
This performance is for all ages provided that adults accompany children and all participants follow safety rules and protocols. Accessibility on boats is limited, please inquire for more information.
Building a Better Fishtrap / From the River’s Mouth was created in partnership with Bronx River Alliance and Rocking the Boat.
Residency support was provided by iLAND, Movement Research, BAX, Earthdance and Wave Hill; Funding to support the work’s development and performance came from The MAP Fund, supported by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and New York Live Arts Live Feed; The work was also developed with support from the Urban Bush Women Choreographic Center Initiative, Bronx Council on the Arts, and the Movement Research Artist-in-Residence Program funded, in part, by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, by the Davis/Dauray Family Fund, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and the Harkness Foundation for Dance.
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