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Spot for Dance: A Micro Movement Festival and Community Zone (FREE!)

Spot for Dance:  A Micro Movement Festival and Community Zone (FREE!)

Company:

Jody Sperling/Time Lapse Dance; Anna Sokolow Theatre/Dance Ensemble; Dances for a Variable Population

Location:

Broadway between 100th and 101st Streets

Dates:

Friday, September 21, 2018 - 1:00pm

Tickets:

https://parkingday.org/about-parking-day/

Company:
Jody Sperling/Time Lapse Dance; Anna Sokolow Theatre/Dance Ensemble; Dances for a Variable Population


For International PARK(ing) Day
Jody Sperling/Time Lapse Dance
in conjunction with Community Board 7/Manhattan
presents
Spot for Dance: 
A Micro Movement Festival and Community Zone
Friday, September 21, 2018

 


Jody Sperling/Time Lapse Dance, in conjunction with Community Board 7 presents Spot for Dance: A Micro Movement Festival and Community Zone as a part of PARK(ing) Day on Friday, September 21, 2018 from 1-7pm (open hours) and 3-6pm (performance/workshops) on the West Side of Broadway between 100th & 101st Streets. The event is free and for more information visit: http://timelapsedance.com/events/spot4dance/.

PARK(ing) Day is a annual open-source global event where citizens, artists, and activists collaborate to temporarily transform curbside parking spots into public space. This year Jody Sperling/Time Lapse Dance, in conjunction with Community Board 7, will take over four curbside parking spaces on Broadway between 100th and 101st Streets. Two spaces will be a stage for "Spot for Dance: A Micro Movement Festival"; one space will be a parklet -- an architecturally designed miniature park with seating; and one space will be a Community Zone where neighbors and passersby can learn about what's happening on the Upper West Side--and have some fun!

"Spot for Dance" will feature performances by Jody Sperling/Time Lapse Dance and the Sokolow Theatre/Dance Ensemble, as well as workshops for adults of all ages and abilities taught by Dances for a Variable Population.

Jody Sperling/Time Lapse Dance will present a site-adaptation of "Wind Rose" for the company's six women. This new work visualizes local and global winds patterns which are being dramatically altered along with climate change. The work continues choreographer Jody Sperling's collaboration with environmental composer Matthew Burtner. During the process, Sperling created a sequence of movements, each with a specific sound and rhythm. Burtner composed these movements into a fugue structure. The result is an integration of sound, movement, and air-flow, with the dancers creating swelling gusts and subsiding breezes in complex rhythmic patterns. The dancers push the boundaries of Sperling's Loie Fuller-influenced apparatus using it to whip and slap the air and in so doing they sculpt the wind so the audience can feel the dance unfold. (Dancers: Frances Barker, Alex Bittner, Morgan Bontz, Carly Cerasuolo, Sperling & Nyemah Stuart)

"Spot for Dance" also presents excerpts from three works by the great 20th-century choreographer Anna Sokolow (1910-2000). The long-lost Moods (1975), set to music by Gyorgyi Ligeti, is a journey through inner states from serene to violent, from exuberant to crushed, from struggle to acceptance. The Unanswered Question (1971), is a poetic tribute to human yearning set to the music of Charles Ives, a composer whose dark and stringent sensibility was comparable to Sokolow's. In Session for Six (1958), set to the music of Argentinian composer William Catanzaro, the stage comes alive with handshakes, the Twist, Walk The Dog, and the Microwave, and is Sokolow's tribute to the spirit of youth. (Quote: "One remembers, watching the performance, Sokolow's belief that audiences and performers must 'feel' dancing that is 'impelled by truth.'")

Naomi Goldberg Hass/Dancesfor a Variable Population offers two half-hour workshops for adults of all ages and all abilities celebrating strong and creative movement.

Community Board 7 volunteers will provide a Community Zone throughout the afternoon with chalk and bubbles and games for children, along with interactive art and urban design installations. Updates on CB7 meetings and projects will be available, along with information from local elected officials.

PARK(ing) Day is a annual open-source global event where citizens, artists and activists collaborate to temporarily transform curbside parking into public space. The project began in 2005 when Rebar, a San Francisco art and design studio, converted a single metered parking space into a temporary public park in downtown San Francisco. Since 2005, PARK(ing) Day has evolved into a global movement, with organizations and individuals (operating independently of Rebar but following an established set of guidelines) creating new forms of temporary public space in urban contexts around the world. The mission of PARK(ing) Day is to call attention to the need for more urban open space, to generate critical debate around how public space is created and allocated, and to improve the quality of urban human habitat. For more information and a brief history of Park(ing) Day please see here: https://parkingday.org/about-parking-day/

As NYC real estate prices continue to soar, space for performing arts is increasingly unaffordable and scarce. "Spot for Dance" takes advantage of an under-resourced public space, curbside parking, transforming street space into a stage for free public programming. Drawing attention to unconscious allocation of space resources towards car storage--which subsidizes the use of CO2 emitting vehicles--PARK(ing) Day helps the public imagine a more sustainable, resilient, and vibrant future.
 

SPOT FOR DANCE SCHEDULE
3-3:15pm - Jody Sperling/Time Lapse Dance
3:15-3:30pm - Anna Sokolow Theatre/Dance Ensemble
3:30-4pm - Dances for a Variable Population Workshop #1
4:15pm - Jody Sperling/Time Lapse Dance
4:30-4:45pm - Anna Sokolow Theatre/Dance Ensemble
4:45-5:15pm - Dances for a Variable Population Workshop #1
5:30-5:45pm - Jody Sperling/Time Lapse Dance
5:45-6pm - Anna Sokolow Theatre/Dance Ensemble
 

 

Photo by David Gonsier

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