April 18 2015 | 12 pm – 6 pm
Two Bridges Neighborhood Council: Goldie Chu Community Room | 82 Rutgers Slip NY, NY
12pm – 1:45pm | Water + Im/migration | WORKSHOP
This workshop will explore themes of water and im/migration through both traditional and contemporary opera, music, dance, and theater practices. We will incorporate personal histories and trainings to investigate our relationship to the river (with traditional water & boat scenes from Chinese Opera serving as primary source material). We are engaged in a year-long experience of sharing our creative practices with one another and will utilize this workshop to share these practices with you.
Translation available into Chinese dialects.
The Water & Immigration iLAB Residency group includes HT Chen & Dian Dong (Chen Dance Center), Carolyn Hall (Dancer/Historical Marine Ecologist), Michael Leibenluft (Director), Shirley Luo (NY Bard Wo Association), Megan Kendzior (Choreographer/Arts Advocate), Emily Teng (Chinese Musical & Theatrical Association), and Lu Yu (Arts Educator/Actor).
1:45 – 2:15pm | Light refreshments will be provided.
2:15 – 4pm | Embodied Mapping | WORKSHOP
This workshop will engage the five senses in contemplating and recording boundary conditions in the Lower East Side. We will walk a path of edges and collaborate in small groups through a participatory mapping exercise that seeks to question our perception of edges through the lenses of media, memory, navigation and temporality. What are the qualities that signify a boundary? How do you know you are at an edge? How do we record a shift or change?
The Embodied Mapping iLAB Residency group includes Kate Cahill (Architect), Kathy Creutzburg (Sculptor/Public Artist), Meredith Drum (Intermedia artist), Joe Goldman (Photographer), Meredith Ramirez Talusan (Writer/artist/dancer), Jennifer Wen Ma (Interdisciplinary artist) and Liza Zapol (Artist / Oral Historian).
4:15 – 6pm | The Urban Backstage | WORKSHOP
The urban backstage is comprised of spaces in the city that, through accident, intention, design, loss, or neglect, allow urban residents to remove their masks, to make mistakes, to expose [or hide] things, thoughts and actions that may not be allowed elsewhere. Water infrastructure is another aspect of the urban backstage; our research explores the individual’s and the city’s relationship to water, waste, and the physical body. Teasing out hidden systems, we will trace the strands that connect people to water, and use these systems to connect us to the people. This is mirrored in thinking about the tendrils and buried histories of lost waterways, specifically the Little Wreck Brook that connected Collect Pond to the East River.
We will explore the following during our workshop:
+ bringing the bones to the surface [stories that reference this, specifically the Lenape Mother Corn narrative]
+ things that you bury, and things that come back up [trying to repress something that always re-emerges]
+ the irrepressible, an eruption, an outburst, a revolution [sanitary or otherwise]
The Urban Backstage iLAB Residency group includes Julie Kline (Theater Actor/ Director), Clarinda Mac Low (Interdisciplinary Artist), Elliott Maltby (Urban Designer/ Landscape Architect), Jeremy Pickard (Eco-Theater Artist), Shawn Shafner (Artist / Educator / Activist), and Rachel Stevens (Interdisciplinary Artist).