Part of a collaborative effort sponsored by the National Endowment of the Arts to introduce new audiences to contemporary dance, DANCING THROUGH THE BRONX is a site-specific dance festival in three green spaces of varying size and topography. The programs, some choreographed by Bronx artists, follow a format of three consecutive 12-minute dances and conclude with a cipher (a free-style dance circle with audience participation). The program is supported by the National Endowment for the Arts, Con Edison, the Metz Gilmore Foundation, and Bronx Pro Real Estate Management.
Performed on all three evenings, with nuances varying by location, are works byJames “Cricket” Colter, featuring five hip hop dancers who will adapt a broad vocabulary of hip hop styles to each park’s terrain; and by Larry Keigwin, featuring 30 performers—six KEIGWIN + COMPANY members and 24 community members of all ages and abilities.
In addition, three artists will showcase their work on one evening each. Ni’Ja Whitson Adebanjo created and will perform a duet with a sound artist, integrating ritual performance with the contours and textures of one of Wave Hill’s exquisite gardens. At Hayden Lord Park, Toni Renee Johnson explores the relationship between passivity and aggression in a work that guides the audience to follow a trio of dancers through different sections of the intimate park. Arthur Aviles resurrects his popular Ritual Dance with 15 dancers who will spread out through Owen Dolen Park, performing simultaneous solos to the same beat, which they will create by clapping their hands and an occasional shout.
The program is part of the 30-year legacy of Dancing in the Streets to bring free dance and culture to unusual locales throughout the city.www.dancinginthestreets.org, 917-714-2221
Wednesday, August 13, 6:30pmChoreographers: Ni’Ja Whitson Adebanjo, James "Cricket" Colter, and Larry KeigwinLocation: Wave Hill, 675 West 252nd Street, Bronx (Riverdale)
Wave Hill, one of 33 New York City-owned cultural institutions, is a 28-acre public garden and cultural center in the Bronx overlooking the Hudson River. Historic Wave Hill House was built as a country home in 1843 by William Lewis Morris and has since been home to Theodore Roosevelt, Mark Twain, and Arturo Toscanini, among others. Its spectacular grounds include lush lawns; aquatic, herb and wild gardens; vine-covered pergolas; woodland trails and a broad variety of perennial and annual flowers.
Admission: The performance is free to all attendees. But if you’d like to visit Wave Hill starting at 4pm to enjoy the green space, a pre-performance picnic, or just chill, there is a small entrance fee of $10 for adults, $6 for students and seniors, and $4 for children 6-18 is required.
Thursday, August 14, 4:30pmChoreographers: James "Cricket" Colter, Toni Renee Johnson, andLarry KeigwinLocation: Hayden Lord Park, 1667 Andrews Avenue, Bronx (University Heights)
Hayden Lord Park is a small park that was inspired by Gaudi’s artwork in Barcelona’s Park Güell. Opened in September 2013, and located between two Bronx Pro buildings, the park has transformed a formerly under-utilized urban space into a colorful oasis for community gatherings, art making, and quiet contemplation.
Saturday, August 16, 2pmChoreographers: Arthur Aviles, James "Cricket" Colter, and Larry KeigwinLocation: Owen Dolen Park, 2551 Westchester Avenue, Bronx (Westchester Square)
Owen Dolen Park is the hub of Westchester Square. It is located on the site of the historic Village Green, which was the center of the thriving 17th-century Westchester Village. Rehabilitation of the park began in September 2011.
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