Art, Ecology & Community Engagement: Social Practice Art & Environmental Action
ECOLOGICAL PERFORMANCE ART EVENT TO RESTORE THE HUDSON RIVER & ADDRESS CLIMATE CHANGE.
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FEATURING: PARADE OF GIANT PUPPETS & SPECTACULAR COSTUMES AND 13 SITE SPECIFIC PERFORMANCES, INCLUDING: OYSTER PLANTING, DANCE OF RIVER GRASS, LIVE FISH RELEASE, RIVER CLEANSING, BOAT DANCE & HARMONIC CHANT CONCERT
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DOWNTOWN SECTION OF THE HUDSON RIVER PARK
NEW YORK CITY, SATURDAY, MAY 21, 2011, 1-5PM
– THE PAGEANT IS FREE –
|2009 Oyster Planting
& Boat Dance
On Saturday, May 21, 2011 (raindate: Sunday, May 22), Earth Celebrations, a non-profit ecological arts organization, launches 3rd 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 Mercy Corps Action Center, moving north to Gansevoort Street, in the downtown portion of the Hudson River Park from 1-5pm.
The spectacular Water Boat Dance & Harmonic Chant Concert closing ceremony combines on-the-river boat choreography by Bessie award-winning choreographer Alice Farley and David Hykes the renowned composer-singer presenting his over-the-river concert with The Harmonic Choir. The choreography includes 30-foot rowboats festooned with spectacular marine-life sculptures and costumed kayaks performing a dance movement on the water at 4pm- at Horatio Street (13th Street) in the Husdon River Park. 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, Soule Golden and Lucrecia Novoa. From March – May the educational environmental art workshops are based at the Church St. School of Music & Art, every Wednesday 6-9pm and every Saturday 12-4pm.
Hudson River Park Trust, Church Street School for Music & Art, Friends of Hudson River Park, Battery Park City Parks Conservancy, River Project, Solar One, Lower East Side Ecology Center, Manhattan Youth Downtown Community Center, Mercy Corps Action Center, Poets House, Metropolitan Waterfront Alliance, Salsberg Group, NewYork Harbor School, Village Community Boathouse, New York Kayak Company, Floating the Apple, Boys and Girls Republic, ACA Galleries, Difrent, Gaia Institute, Greenpeace, We, the World, Henry Street Settlement/Abrons Arts Center, New York University, NY Cares, BuildOn, One Brick, Panda Scouts, PS89, Green School/PS276, PS397, Stuyvesant High School, St. Vincent Ferrer High School, Riverkeeper, and Clearwater.
Hudson River Park Trust, Friends of Hudson River Park Church Street School for Music & Art, Colgate-Palmolive, Con Edison, Eileen Fisher, Howard Bayne Fund, Manhattan Youth Downtown Community Center, The Puffin Foundation, and individual supporters
EARTH CELEBRATIONS’ PUPPET & COSTUME WORKSHOPS
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CLICK HERE FOR INFORMATION ABOUT LAST YEAR’S PAGEANT.