Passages | Pasajes is a site-specific sonic performance that utilizes the Dongan Lawn in Fort Tryon Park in the Washington Heights neighborhood of Manhattan. The performance will occur the afternoon of Saturday, September 21, 2019, close to the autumnal equinox.
The work will manifest as 16 performers, mainly from the Uptown community, moving through the park space. The performers will expand and contract together as they pass melodies, passages of text, and the names of loved ones between each other through the park. The work will be in four, 20 minute, iterations with breaks in between. The audience will consist of both those coming directly to see the performance as well as users of the public park space.
The audience will be situated within the performers; they will be immersed in the performing elements as they sit or stand on the lawn in the park. The audience will be able to move about freely, to experience the work as they want, with the ability to come and go. The work will be presented in four distinct iterations to allow for the audience to continue to listen to the work or to allow new audience members to arrive as well as giving all performers the opportunity to be the leaders of a performance.
The performers themselves will be helping in the creation of the work. Their personal histories will form parts of the materials utilized in the performance. This collaboration will foster a democratizing effect and ideally create a non-hierarchical structure to the work. The performance will be bilingual, in Spanish and English, to better display the polyglot nature of the community.
Passages | Pasajes is made possible in part with public funds from Creative Engagement, supported by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and administered by LMCC.