BROOKLYN BRIDGE DANCE FESTIVAL / Brooklyn Bridge (1983)
250 dancers danced across the Brooklyn Bridge celebrating its centennial year. The popular and critical response to the festival inspired its producer, Elise Bernhardt, to establish Dancing in the Streets as a not-for-profit organization dedicated to producing free dance performances in unexpected public spaces.
GRAND CENTRAL DANCES / Grand Central Terminal (1987)
A two-day festival featuring performances by Merce Cunningham, Lucinda Childs, Molissa Fenley, Philippe Petit, as well as the world premiere of Fenestrations, a site-specific work by Stephan Koplowitz that was performed in Grand Central’s giant window. “FANTASTIC…A mammoth multimedia dance event staged in the nooks and crannies of Grand Central Terminal…will certainly remain a night to remember….Thousands of onlookers, mainly young…The crowd went wild.” The New York Times
RAT-A-TAT-TAP: A FESTIVAL OF PERCUSSIVE MUSIC AND DANCE (1994)
“Honi” Coles, Savion Glover, Gregory Hines, Sandman Sims, Christopher Janney, and Tan Dun at the U.S. Customs House, The New York Botanical Garden, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Socrates Sculpture Garden, and the Apollo Theater. “A brilliant pyrotechnical display of tap dancing.” The New York Times
AMERICAN ARCHEOLOGY / Roosevelt Island (1994)
“The geographical setting for Meredith Monk’s impressive new multimedia production was Roosevelt Island, a strip of land in the East River. But spiritually, this two-part work took place at the intersection of past and present.” The New York Times
NIGHT LIGHT / Chelsea (2000)
A walking tour by Ann Carlson through the streets of Chelsea, focusing on tableaux vivant, which recreated historical photos in the sites where they were taken.
OFFERING / Battery Park City Plaza & Six Gardens, Parks & Plazas (2002)
Eiko & Koma’s elegy to a wounded city was a performance installation that traveled to seven New York City parks, plazas, and gardens. At the opening night performance near Ground Zero, the work “gained special poignancy…[and] Offering suggested that healing can be possible.” The New York Times
PICTURE RED HOOK BROOKLYN / Former Port Authority Grain Terminal, Red Hook (2002)
An interdisciplinary work by Joanna Haigood, Mary Ellen Strom, and Lauren Weinger. On a massive grain terminal, aerial dancers interacted with 100-foot high video images of current and historic images of Red Hook’s people and places. “Ms. Haigood distilled history in this visually dazzling piece, with love and sadness.” The New York Times
THE GRAND STEP PROJECT / Six Grand Staircases in Manhattan, Brooklyn & the Bronx (2004)
50 dancers—performing to an original score by Quentin Chiappetta—articulated the forms and rhythmic patterns of six grand staircases in a site-adaptive work by Stephan Koplowitz.
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