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NYC Upper Bay GWD

Water Locale

Upper New York Bay

The Choreographers

Founded by dance educator Natasha Alhadeff-Jones, bigbangdance is an intergenerational dance company that uses interdisciplinary and collaborative approaches to creatively and critically engage with ‘inside spaces, outside spaces, everyday and unexpected places’. Promoting stewardship of the spaces in which we live, work, and play, bigbangdance encourages performers and the public to ‘think globally and dance locally’ as we relate our bodies to the celestial body of the Earth.

Audience Site

Louis Valentino, Jr. Park & Pier

Time of day for performance

12:00pm – 1:00pm

The Music

Mystic Warriors and Marcus Wise.

The Performance

Section I – We Come From Water The movement vocabulary for this section uses the stabilizing movement of theorist Rudolf Laban’s Dimensional Scale and mobilizing water-like movement of Traditional Haitian Yanvalou to honor our ancestors and reflect on the fact that, like the (surface of the) Earth, we are made mostly of water.
Section II
Section III – Global Water This section is comprised of international movement contributions, highlighting global problems and celebrations that unite us no matter where we live. It is performed all over the world.
Section IV – Water Together The four simple gestures in this section, also performed around the world, are for the audience to join in, emphasizing the value of dance to raise awareness of local and global issues related to water. The event ends with a group wave.

Directions to site of the performance

Take the F, G, or R train to 4th Avenue & 9th Street. Then take bus B61 to Van Brunt & Van Dyke Streets. Walk 2 blocks along Coffey Street, toward the water. (There is also a free IKEA water taxi from Pier 11 in Manhattan near South Street Seaport, as well as a free shuttle bus from Borough Hall or 4th Avenue & 9th Street in Brooklyn.)

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