***SATURDAY WORKSHOP POSTPONED – JOIN US TOMORROW***
Led by Athena Kokoronis and Leila Mougoui Bakhtiari
Saturday May 24 1-4:30pm and Sunday May 25 1-4:30pm at Inwood Park
Our collaboration site is Inwood Hill Park. It is the only natural forest in Manhattan. It was not designed, but rather formed by ecological and human shifts over time. We’re interested in seeing how these shifts can inform the practices of both urban ecology and dance. We will share our hybrid practice in a 2-day workshop. A large-scale quilt, inspired by a number of New York city parks, has previously been constructed. We will use it as a picnic blanket as well as a tool to map the Inwood Hill Park’s ecosystem. Finally, we will construct a patch based on our experience of Inwood Hill Park which will become the quilt’s medallion.
May 24 1-4:30pm
Walk, Dispersal, Stitch
We’ll start with a walk that identifies mapping systems used in urban ecology (particularly priority maps). We will utilize these mapping systems to determine multiple sites for a movement practice, which will attempt to map the sounds of the park. This experience will be further processed into the construction and stitching of a quilt medallion.
May 25 1-4:30pm
Walk, Steward, Picnic
We will start with a movement warm-up (Practice for the trees) that segues into a walk through the park. We will end by engaging in tree stewardship, specifically the task of pulling wine berry vines and garlic mustard (invasive plants that are edible but harmful to the trees). We will close by inviting participants to rest on our quilt and enjoy a picnic of Greek-Iranian pies.
Meet us at the entrance to Inwood Hills Park at the intersection of Indian Road and 218th Street. There is a cafe across the street called Indian Road Cafe at 600 West 218th Street that people can get coffee/snacks in and use the bathroom before heading to the park.
Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org
Please bring a water bottle and where comfortable clothes for moving.
Please call Athena at 347 831-4051 if it looks like rain!
Athena Kokoronis is a choreographer based in Brooklyn. Her work is often collaborative, and involves, food, cloth, and dance. Collaborations include her participation with projects such as Mildred’s Lane, Anhoek School, TradeSchool, Elsewhere and StrataSpore. Her work with StrataSpore was initiated and supported through 2009 iLAND residency. Her performances have been presented in New York at Movement Research events at Judson Church and Spring Festival, Conversations at the Flea Series, Dumbo Arts Center, Open Source Gallery, MOMA, Socrates Sculpture Park, and Sculpture Center.
Leila Mougoui Bakhtiari is an urban ecologist currently working as a research assistant with the Natural Resources Group of the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation. She received a B.S. in Environmental studies with a focus on urban ecosystems from The New School. Her work with Parks focuses on urban forest health studies, and restoration efforts in NYC natural areas. She is also the co-chair of the urban forestry committee with Gowanus Canal Conservancy, currently working on developing an urban forest management plan.