ECOLOGICAL PERFORMANCE ART EVENT TO RESTORE THE HUDSON RIVER & ADDRESS CLIMATE CHANGE.
FEATURING: PARADE OF GIANT PUPPETS & SPECTACULAR COSTUhttp://www.earthcelebrations.com/river-restoration/pageant-sponsor/MES AND 13 SITE SPECIFIC PERFORMANCES, INCLUDING: OYSTER PLANTING, DANCE OF RIVER GRASS, LIVE FISH RELEASE, RIVER CLEANSING, BOAT DANCE & HARMONIC CHANT CONCERT
DOWNTOWN SECTION OF THE HUDSON RIVER PARK
NEW YORK CITY, SATURDAY, MAY 21, 2010, 1-5PM
– THE PAGEANT IS FREE –
On Saturday, May 22, 2010 (raindate: Sunday, May 23), Earth Celebrations, a non-profit ecological arts organization, launches 2nd annual Earth Celebrations’ Hudson River Pageant: to restore the Hudson River and address climate change in New York City.
This ecological parade and performance art event is directed by theatrical pageant director, Felicia Young, Founder/Director of Earth Celebrations and the creator of the Rites of Spring: Procession to Save Our Gardens for 15 years in the East Village. The new Hudson River Pageant features a magnificent parade of giant 15-foot river species puppets, spectacular costumes representing oysters, sea horses, blue crabs, wetlands, river grass, alternative elemental energy spirits, and over 70 species of local fish. Music, dance, performances, songs, and poetry, including an Oyster Garden Planting Ceremony, Live Fish Release, River Cleansing Ceremony, and a Boat Dance, highlighting the river, and its’ species, habitats, and issues, are presented at the various piers and significant sites along the parade route, from the World Financial Center/ Marina, moving north to Gansevoort Street, in the downtown portion of the Hudson River Park from 1-6pm.
The spectacular Boat Dance & Harmonic Chant Concert closing ceremony at 4pm combines on-the-river boat choreography by Bessie award-winning choreographer Alice Farley and the over-the-river concert by composer-singer David Hykes &The Harmonic Choir, a pioneer of overtone singing, presenting a world premiere of new compostition “River to Ocean.” The choreography includes 30-foot rowboats festooned with spectacular marine-life sculptures and costumed kayaks performing a dance movement on the water. Boat participants include: Village Community Boathouse, The Harbor School, and individual kayakers, paddle boarders, and wind surfers.
The pageant is a magnificent creation of art, performance and community engagement to honor and restore the Hudson and address climate change. Children and community people participate creating the spectacular puppets and costumes through Earth Celebrations Art & Ecology/ Puppet & Costume Workshops with Artists-in Residence, Michele Brody and Lucrecia Novoa. From March – May the educational environmental art workshops are based at the World Financial Center’s Courtyard Gallery, every Wednesday 6-9pm and every Saturday 12-4pm, through the support of Brookfield Properties/arts>World Financial Center-Arts.
Also featured at the World Financial Center is an Hudson River Pageant exhibition featuring the growing of Michele Brody’s River Grass Skirts and headdresses. The visually dramatic growing of the skirts and headdresses with embedded native grass seeds on a copper pipe armature with drip irrigation system, is a living and changing artwork over several weeks. When they have grown, they are worn by dancers as the “River Grass” in the pageant.
Earth Celebrations’ Puppet and Costume Workshops at the World Financial Center are presented by arts>World Financial Center which is sponsored by American Express, Battery Park City Authority, Brookfield Properties, and Bank of America. For information, visit http://www.ArtsworldFinancialCenter.com
PARTICIPATING PARTNERS: The Hudson River Park Trust (Sponsor), Brookfield Properties/arts> World Financial Center (Sponsor- which is sponsored by American Express, Battery Park City Authority, Brookfield Properties and Bank of America.), Manhattan Youth Downtown Community Center, The River Project, Friends of Hudson River Park, Battery Park City Parks Conservancy, Metropolitan Waterfront Alliance, Village Community Boathouse, Downtown Boathouse, New York Harbor School, New York Kayak Company, Solar One, LES Ecology Center, NYC & Company, ACA Galleries, We, the World, Henry Street Settlement/ Abrons Arts Center, Boys and Girls Republic, Poets House, Mercy Corps Action Center, Church Street School for Music & Art, Clean Air NY, Greenpeace, Bronx River Arts Center, One Brick, BuildOn, NY Cares, CB1, PS234, PS150, PS89, School at Columbia, Stuyvesant High School, NYU, Riverkeeper, and Clearwater.
SUPPORT provided by arts>World Financial Center (which is sponsored by American Express, Battery Park City Authority, Brookfield Properties and Bank of America), Manhattan Youth Downtown Community Center, The Fund For Creative Communities supported by New York State Council on the Arts and administered by Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, Howard Bayne Fund, Puffin Foundation, Con Edison, Colgate-Palmolive, Eileen Fisher, and individual supporters.
EARTH CELEBRATIONS’ PUPPET & COSTUME WORKSHOPS
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