September 20-23, 2018 6pm
Public Plaza in Duffy Square, Times Square
By the end, they had so transformed the space, or your perception of it, that you might have mistaken the flashing ads behind them for poetry. - Siobhan Burke, for the New York Times
The performance will carry its own message along with the cultivation of its energetic presence; Text will be conveyed through the costuming, which will utilize color therapy, subliminal messaging, and binocular rivalry to reveal hidden messages when viewed through colored lenses - creating a landscape of information layered over the performance to reflect the “brandscape” of Times Square. A nod to John Carpenter's 1988 cult classic, They Live, where Nada (“Rowdy” Roddy Piper) finds a pair of sunglasses that reveals the true messaging of the world, depicting systems of subliminal control by evil aliens, the messaging of scape gives control back to the viewer. An invitation to look closer, slow down and tune in. FREE Red and Blue Lens Glasses will be handed out to the public during each performance.
Performance by Anna Adams Stark, Jodi Bender, Laurie Berg, Melanie Greene, Madison Krekel, Kyle Marshall, and Tonya Sisco. Original sound by Rena Anakwe. Text by Jaime Shearn Coan. Costume design by Liliana Dirks-Goodman with printing by Print All Over Me.
Danspace Project in Times Square
Inspired by Times Square’s history as the home of Broadway musicals, vaudeville, dance halls, and vernacular dance forms that emerged throughout the 20th century, Danspace Project has partnered with Times Square Arts to commission three new, site-specific dance works by esteemed New York City artists. luciana achugar, Laurie Berg, and Full Circle Souljahs (Ana "Rokafella" Garcia & Gabriel "Kwikstep" Dionisio) will explore strategies for perception, amplification, and activism within the cacophonous landscape of Times Square.
photos: Ian Douglas