PS21 celebrates the end of its 2021 summer season that overflowed with dance, theater, international contemporary circus, and more. Join us as we usher in the fall with two art installations and receptions, and Ecstatic Dance from DJ Joro-Boro
5 pm: Sunset Ecstatic Dance with DJ Joro-Boro (sound artist, music producer, DJ & video artist) and Mary Keena Frisbee (architectural designer, sound artist & instrumentalist).
6 pm: “Solo Pavilion for Two or Three” by James Casebere, art installation and reception with the artist
7 pm: You are Here (aka the Maze), by Art Duo Trouble.
The Natural Wines Bar with Clayton Harley at PS21’s open-air Two Pauls Cafe and orchards
ABOUT THE PROGRAM
Ecstatic Dance with Joro Boro is a conscious dance event for free-form dance movement. There are no steps, no structures, no teachers – just an ecstatic exploration of what is present as sound and rhythm. No dance training or background is needed and everyone is welcome. This event will begin at 5pm with a 20-minute somatic warmup with Keena Maya, followed by a 60-minute dance session hosted by Joro-Boro, and will conclude with a 10-minute bass meditation by ‘being-sound’.
James Casebere’s “Solo Pavilion for Two or Three,” an imposing new work by the photographer and installation artist. With “Solo Pavilion for Two or Three” Casebere extends the interrogation of the constructed environment that he began in 1975. Like his earlier works, it is rich in ambivalence: luminous yet portentous, offering protection but open, exposed to the elements while shielding its occupants. To Casebere, the result is “a playful atmosphere . . . an expression of the indomitable human spirit.” In a recent conversation about his 2020 exhibition On the Water’s Edge, he observed, “The best architects have always built for the poor and less privileged and I would love to collaborate with others to get things built for the more vulnerable around the globe.”
Witnessing the destruction wreaked by Hurricane Sandy in 2012 marked a turning point for Casebere’s art. Inspired by courageous people undaunted “by a life spinning out of balance,” he started to think about “designing structures as sanctuary for people at risk of displacement—temporary shelters that are a bit like hostels . . . pavilions of peace, where every refugee can find refuge.”
“You Are Here” (aka The Maze) by art duo TROUBLE:
Mounted next to PS21’s Pavilion Theater, “You Are Here” invites audiences to challenge habits of assembly. Picking up on and intersecting with PS21’s many paths and trails, this iteration of TROUBLE’s Maze has been designed specifically with PS21’s majestic campus in mind.