PARK Ephemera: Choreography Workshop with Kathy Westwater

Photo credit: Ian Douglas

Through dance, movement, voice, and touch, we will map a creative response to everyday found and discarded objects. As we explore in solo and ensemble guided improvisations, moving at times with eyes closed, distinctions between the real and imaginary will shift. Our responses within this creative matrix can range from relaxing to energizing, and from disorienting to freeing; and can seed personal and collective world making and re-making.

This workshop is a public program of the exhibition Kathy Westwater: PARK Ephemera. It is open to movers of all backgrounds and experiences. Observers also welcome.

WHEN: October 8 | 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
WHERE: Dance Center, Building G, 2nd floor, Studio G201 at Snug Harbor
ADMISSION: Pay what you wish ($5 – $15 suggested) | TICKETS HERE

PARK Ephemera features a collection of work emerging from PARK, Westwater’s nearly fifteen-year choreographic inquiry into the site of the Fresh Kills landfill in Staten Island, New York. Once the largest landfill in the world, the site is currently being transformed into a public park, a transition that Westwater has closely witnessed through her dance, somatic, and material practice.

Please note: masks are required to attend this workshop.

PARK Ephemera is made possible through generous support from the Samuel I. Newhouse Foundation, the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature, and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.

PARK is created with the support of a 2020-21 PASS/CUNY Dance Initiative residency at Snug Harbor Cultural Center and Botanical Garden and the College of Staten Island made possible through generous lead support from the Howard Gilman Foundation, with additional support from the Samuel I. Newhouse Foundation, and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council. Snug Harbor is a proud partner with the CUNY Dance Initiative. 

PARK is supported by Dance/NYC’s Coronavirus Dance Relief Fund in 2020 & 2022; and, in part, by a Foundation for Contemporary Arts Emergency Grant and the FCA Emergency Grants COVID-19 Fund.

It is developed as part of Lower Manhattan Cultural Council’s Arts Center Residency program. 

This project is supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts, and by The Freshkills Park Alliance.

Theatrical performances of PARK are commissioned by Gibney and curated by Eva Yaa Asantewaa as part of the organization’s Gibney Presents series for the 2022-23 Season. This commission includes financial, residency, administrative, and production support.