The Equus Projects
The Equus Projects presents OnSite NYC a site-specific performance series featuring one new work each month!
December ~ Dag Hammarskjold Plaza
The Equus Projects OnSite NYC performance for December is being created for the Dag Hammarskjold Plaza – the spacious promenade directly across from the United Nations.
A merger of performance and visual art installation, The Equus Projects brings its task-based choreographic scoring to the Dag Hammarskjold Plaza. The event features nine dancers simultaneously generating dynamic movement patterns while building a 50-foot long serpentine with 275 Ronnybrook Farm glass milk bottles. The structure of the performance requires dancers to function with consummate teamwork in order to create improvisational movement phrases that are then replicated moments later. Upon completion, this 25-minute choreographic score will have built a visual art installation that invokes images of the iconic olive branch peace symbol inspired by the dramatic statue of St George and the Dragon on the east end of a the Plaza (1st avenue between 46th and 47th streets).
The performance will have three consecutive runs at 9:00am, 10:00am, and 11:00am. For those choosing to watch all three performances – each iteration will be unique.
OnSite NYC is a 12-part series of monthly site specific performance works that take place at a different location throughout New York City from September 2012 through August 2013. At each venue the company builds a rule structure designed to frame the performers functioning in real time decision-making. The viewer is invited to watch a process unfold while performers work together to create choreography integrating set movement phrases, improvisation, and a heightened state of physical listening skills.
The Equus Projects is a company known for its large-scale performance pieces integrating the art of dance with natural horsemanship. This season the company applies its dynamic teamwork to making works without horses for urban venues. The objective is less to entertain than to create work that emerges from and integrates into public spaces in a way that entices and engages the ambient audience member.