Dancing in Ballantine Park 8/9/14

By dcapps, Mon, 7/14/2014 - 8:00 am

Dancers, choreographers, film artists and musicians will transform the beautiful creek side Ballantine Park in Andes into unexpected landscapes of movement, image and sound in the second annual Dancing in the Park event, as part of Andes Community Day, August 9, 2014 from 11:45am-1:30pm.


This year’s event will include physical theater, choreographed and improvised dances, film/sculpture installations, live music, presented by renowned professional artists as well as children and adults from the area who have come together in celebration of art-making inspired by the treasured outdoor site.


Pooh Kaye (South Worcester) will contribute a series of “Private Viewings,” luminous sculptures containing hand-drawn film images of nature; percussionist Michael Suchorsky (Andes) will sonically spearhead a series of movement improvisations; Gloria McLean (Andes/NYC) will dance a solo with live accompaniment by vocalist Dana Hanchard and present a duet to music by David First; Claire Porter (Teaneck, NJ) will perform one of her signature works combining movement and text; David Capps (Andes/NJ) will present 3 short solos choreographed specifically for the park and a large group “Walking Dance”; and the Emergent Score Laboratory (Troy) will inhabit the entire event with spontaneous action discoveries.


The program will also include a children’s street theater group under the direction of Kristin Steen (Delancey) performing an original piece made specifically for Dancing in the Park, as well as a piece created and danced by teenagers at the Cardio Club in Delhi celebrating their graduation from Delaware Academy.


The event is free and open to all, and will commence with a follow-along community yoga stretch designed to bring audience and performers together in breath and physicality.


This event is made possible by generous grant support from the New York State Council on the Arts through a Decentralization grant administered by the Roxbury Arts Group and the A. Lindsay and Olive B. O’Connor Foundation, sponsorship of the Andes Society for History and Culture, and assistance from the Town of Andes and Friends of Ballantine Park.