Open House Weekend
Saturday, April 22 at 1:00pm | 184 Eldridge St
Sunday, April 23 at 12:00pm | 184 Eldridge St
This event is FREE and open to the public
Come for one and stay for ALL
Connect with our Artists-in-Residence, our Young Artist Fellows, and wider neighborhood community. Come for one and stay for ALL. It's the community building way.
Saturday, April 22
The SHARE! Series 1-3 p.m.
Join us for Our SHARE! Series honoring artists at every stage of development on one equal platform. This year we are collaborating with NYC's Department of Cultural Affairs, creating opportunities for public housing residents to make their voices heard in the first-ever cultural plan.
Stefanie Batten Bland's Bienvenue – 3:30 p.m.
Bienvenue 欢迎 Welcome Bienvenido أهلا بك — a collaboration between choreographer Stefanie Batten Bland, visual artist Benjamin Heller, and composer Paul Damien Hogan examines and celebrates the willingness to embrace and share space with others.
Countering the present political climate in which walls have become synonymous with barriers that separate people and places, Welcome... considers the graffiti decorated walls of cities as communal canvases that express the past and present of its neighborhood people. A mural comprised of paintings created by pre-K children and their parents at University Settlement on New York's Lower East Side becomes an integral part of the hour-long dance.
Our work in progress showing will take parents and children through this special world where the visual and physical arts fuse. Company SBB will perform as well as engage the audience in creative community games. Here we will discuss our artistic process and offer audience members to share their stories about who was their first family member to New York City? Where do they come from? How do they say welcome in their native language? All of our findings will be added to our final wall installation that we will then dance with during the showing.
Sunday, April 23
A Dance/ Creative Writing Workshop with Artist in Residence Alex Borinsky – 1 p.m.
Join us for a guided movement workshop. No dance or writing experience needed. What sentences run through your head when you're dancing? What words can shape how you dance from the inside out? We'll explore thinking with our bodies, and not just with our heads.
The Nameless Crew – 2 p.m.
Experience the newest teen dance crew in LES. This middle school and high school company is sure to move you. Artistic Director and videographer, Cesar Cordova, is a 2017 Performance Project Fellow.
EVERY FOLD MATTERS – 3 p.m.
As more and more local laundromats are fast disappearing from our changing urban landscape, this project honors their special place in the social fabric of each city neighborhood. This project brings to light the struggles of workers, many of whom are Chinese and Hispanic immigrants and minority women employed in NYC's laundromats.
EVERY FOLD MATTERS is a live performance with film that looks at the intimate space of the neighborhood laundromat through the lives of three women characters. Inspired by actual interviews with laundromat workers and customers, this hybrid performance combines narrative and documentary elements as it explores stories of immigration, identity and labor. During post-performance discussions, members of the audience are invited to share their thoughts and experiences of domestic work, gender, and the devaluation of labor.
Directed by Lizzie Olesker and Lynne Sachs
Music by Stephen Vitiello
Featuring: Jasmine Holloway, Veraalba Santa and Ching Valdes-Aran
EVERY FOLD MATTERS has received support from New York State Council on the Arts, The Guggenheim Foundation, Brooklyn Arts Council, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, Women and Media Coalition, and Fandor FIX Filmmakers.