iLAND, Inc. presents Ridgewood Reservoir/iMAP Dance Performance
Saturday, June 23, 2007 from Dawn to Dusk
at Ridgewood Reservoir, Highland Park, Queens
The performance ushers in summer 2007 with a day of dancing informed and inspired by the unique ecosystems and landscape of the Highland Park Ridgewood Reservoir area.
For reservations e-mail at email@example.com or call 212 375 8283.
Conceived of and directed by Jennifer Monson in collaboration with
Composer – Kenta Nagai,
Architects – Gita Nandan and Elliott Maltby of thread collective and
Dancers Maggie Bennett, Charlotte Gibbons, Mariangela Lopez, Jennifer Monson and Christina Muellenmeister
Field Guides – Uli Lorimer, Native plant curator of the Brooklyn Botanic Garden; Johanna Meyer, Choreographer; Heidi Steiner, member of the Brooklyn Bird Club; and Nami Yamamoto, Choreographer and Jeff Billak, NYC Parks Department Urban Park Ranger.
Video Documentation – Ryutaro Ishikane, Robin Vachal
Performing Dawn to Dusk: Maggie Bennett, Charlotte Gibbons, Kenta Nagai, Mariangela Lopez, Jennifer Monson and Christina Muellenmeister.
Performing noon to 1pm: Young dancers from the New Song Studio in Elmhurst, Queens – Kristy Lau, Kelly Lau, Amanda Lee, Annie Lee, Shelley Li, Jessica Santosa, Kelly Shum, Sonja Smeland, Janice Wang.
Performing noon to 4pm:
Musicians – Sean Meehan, Tamio Shiraishi, David Watson
Dancers – Yari Alcaraz, Brooke Belott, Azahara Ubera Biedma, Megan Byrne, Eve Chalom, Marie-Charlotte Chevalier, Diana Crum, DD Dorvillier, Milka Djordevich, Christine Elmo, Lily Gold, Alexis Halkovic, Chih Chun Huang, Jesse Johnson, Jen Kelly, Molly Lieber, Andrea Liu, Giorgia Minisini, Margaret Paek, Richert Schnorr, Eryn Rosenthal, Isabelle Thiele, Rebecca Wender, Sarah White, Sara Worden.
Ridgewood Reservoir/iMAP is a year long performance project that investigates the unique landscape of the reservoir. This 50-acre site comprises wetlands, native swamp forest and urban wilderness unusual to the inner city. The artists are involved in a year long process of investigating the ecology of the reservoir with scientists as well as developing a creative process on site that responds to the changing seasons and the dynamic interplay of the human actions and natural phenomenon at play in the area.
The dancing will move around the mile long perimeter of the reservoir in five distinct groups. The audience is asked to take their time walking the edge while watching the dancing, observing the environment and engaging in two architectural exhibits that will display information from a breeding bird census, vegetative mapping, the history and seasonal shifts at the site. Four guides will be on hand to direct and offer information.
The public is invited to come at any time during the day. The majority of the dancers will be performing from noon to 4pm. Bring a picnic, relax, come and go as you please as you enjoy this rare and special urban gem and the dancing that responds to it.
Ridgewood Reservoir/iMAP is hosted by City of New York / Parks & Recreation and is supported in part by the Multi-Arts Production Fund, a program of Creative Capital, supported by the Rockefeller Foundation.
iLand, Inc. interdisciplinary Laboratory for Art, Nature and Dance investigates the power of dance, in collaboration with other fields, to illuminate our kinetic understanding of the world. ILAND, a dance research organization with a fundamental commitment to environmental sustainability as it relates to art and the urban context, cultivates cross-disciplinary research among artists, environmentalists, scientists, urban designers and other fields.
iLAND is a 501 (c) (3) organization; incorporated in 2004.
BY BIKE: Guided Group Rides will depart from Prospect Park and McCarren Park in Brooklyn and the triangle park at Kenmare and Lafayette in Manhattan. Information including exact departure locations and times below.
11 a.m. Grand Army Plaza at Prospect Park, meet under the arch with Dan Cayer. For reservation for this group contact Dan at firstname.lastname@example.org.
11:30 a.m. McCarren Park, Williamsburg, meet by the garden at Driggs Street and Union Avenue with Jon Jernquist. For reservations for this group contact Jon at email@example.com.
12 noon Lafayette Street and Kenmare Street (the triangle just below Spring Street), Manhattan with Alan Roche. For reservations for this group contact Alan at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The ride is 40 minutes to an hour depending on starting point and each guide will take the most scenic and efficient route. Guides will have basic repair tools to fix a flat or other minor repairs during the trip. If you would like to get there on your own you can get directions from each guide or visit www.nycbikemaps.com/maps/brooklyn-bike-map.php
BY SUBWAY: J train to Cleveland Street walk 3 blocks to the park, up the hill and to the reservoir. A shuttle will be provided between 11am and 3pm from Cleveland Street.