Passages | Pasajes
Passages | Pasajes
Dongan Lawn, Fort Tryon Park
Broadway at Dongan Place, New York, NY
September 21, 2019
4pm - 6pm
Passages | Pasajes is a site specific sonic performance that utilizes the Dongan Lawn in Fort Tryon Park in the Washington Heights neighborhood of Manhattan. The performance will occur the afternoon of Saturday September 21, 2019, close to the autumnal equinox.
The work will manifest as 16 performers, mainly from the Uptown community, moving through the park space. The performers will expand and contract together as they pass melodies, passages of text, and the names of loved ones between each other through the park. These three sections of the work are entitled: Names | Nombres, Passages | Pasajes, and The Sound | El Sonido. The entire 2 hour performance will be in four, 22 minute, iterations with breaks in between. The work is in 4 distinct iterations providing all performers the opportunity to be the leaders of a performance.
The audience will consist of both those coming directly to see the performance as well as users of the public park space. The audience will be situated within the performers; they will be immersed in the performing elements as they sit or stand on the lawn in the park. The audience will be able to move about freely, to experience the work as they want, with the ability to come and go.
The performers themselves will be helping in the creation of the work. Their personal histories will form parts of the materials utilized in the performance. This collaboration will foster a democratizing effect and ideally create a non-hierarchical structure to the work. I am also endeavoring to have the performance be bilingual, in Spanish and English, to better display the polygot nature of the community.
We want to acknowledge that the performance will take place on the traditional land of the Lenape Peoples past and present, and honor with gratitude the land itself and the people who have stewarded it throughout the generations. This calls us to commit to continuing to learn how to be better stewards of the land we inhabit as well.
Passages | Pasajes is made possible in part with public funds from Creative Engagement, supported by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and administered by LMCC.