Dance Projects

SIP / Watershed- Phase 1

A collaboration with Jennifer Monson, Chris Cogburn, Kate Cahill, Maggie Bennettt and Katrin Schnabl

October 1-10, 2010

SIP (Sustained Immersive Process)/Watershed an investigation into the NYC Regional watershed viewed as a meta-choreography of the historical, geological, and cultural layers of the interaction of built and natural phenomena of water in the region.

Public events will be held October 1 – 3 and 7 – 10. There will be four, 40-minute events daily in the mornings and late afternoons. Performance locations include two sites on Governors Island, the Nature Walk at Newtown Creek Sewage Treatment Plant, under the Manhattan Bridge, 164th Street at the Hudson River, and 59th Street at 12th Avenue. See detailed schedule below.

The audience for SIP/Watershed is limited to 8 people per event. Reservations are required. To reserve space, send an email to info@ilandart.org with a first and second choice event time. The iLAND staff will reply confirming the event time, location and details for each reservation. Admission is free.

SIP/Watershed Event Locations and Times:

Friday, Oct 1
8:30am and 9:30am 59th St and 12th Avenue
4:30pm and 5:30pm 164th Street and the Hudson River

Saturday, Oct 2
10:30am and 11:30am Building 110: LMCC’s Arts Center, Governors Island
4:00pm and 5:00pm Yankee Pier at Governors Island

Sunday, Oct 3
10:30am and 11:30am Yankee Pier at Governors Island
4:00pm and 5:00pm Building 110: LMCC’s Arts Center, Governors Island

Oct 7
8:30am and 9:30am Nature Walk at Newtown Creek Sewage Treatment Plant
4:30pm and 5:30pm Nature Walk at Newtown Creek Sewage Treatment Plant

Oct 8
8:30am and 9:30am 164th Street and the Hudson River
4:30pm and 5:30pm 59th St and 12th Avenue

Oct 9
10:30am and 11:30am Building 110: LMCC’s Arts Center, Governors Island
4:00pm and 5:00pm Yankee Pier at Governors Island

Oct 10
10:30am and 11:30am Building 110: LMCC’s Arts Center, Governors Island
4:00pm and 5:00pm Yankee Pier at Governors Island

Combining the fields of dance, music, architecture and design artists, Jennifer Monson, Chris Cogburn, Maggie Bennett, Kate Cahill and Katrin Schnabl create a collaborative process that interweaves their forms through listening, framing, embodying, moving, diagramming, building and transforming. In this project they foreground the creative process through various activities and research that are immersive and intensive. These shared experiences include a trip to the headwaters of the Hudson River in the Adirondacks; visits with stream restoration projects in the Catskill Mountains around the Ashokan reservoir, NYC’s water source; walking/dancing/sounding along the rim of Manhattan, experiencing tidal and current shifts, sewage out puts, rainwater culverts, marine life and littoral biodiversity, and other human activities such as fishing, making-out and boating; We will share our individual practices and develop new ones out of our interactions with the places and systems we encounter.

There is a performative and public aspect implicit to our research process that permeates the public sphere, facilitating awareness of how everyday activities connect to and effect the larger systems we are a part of. The performances will take place at the liminal times of the day (2 hours after sunrise and before sunset).

This project is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the city council, a residency at Governors Island with the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, a commission from the American Music Center’s Live Music for Dance Program, the Electronic Music Foundation’s Ear to the Earth Festival, and creative research funds from the University of Illinois Urbana Champaign.

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