"Escape from the House of Mercy" by Catherine Gallant/Dance
Catherine Gallant/Dance presents a live outdoor 1/2 hour version of their latest work, Escape from the House of Mercy, as part of the Open Culture program which places performances on NYC streets.
The dance/theater work is inspired by The House of Mercy, located around 1900 at Inwood Hill Park in Upper Manhattan. Described as "a home for abandoned and troubled women," it was, in fact, closer to a prison or workhouse to which most women and girls were brought against their wills, and often treated inhumanely.
Gallant seeks to mine the feelings of vulnerability and powerlessness as they relate to the present in the drive for social freedoms and equity.
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