Prominent, innovative choreographers, dancers, musicians and poets will be in residence as part of Josiah McElheny's outdoor public art project, Prismatic Park, in Madison Square Park from June 13, 2017 through October 8, 2017. Artists will undertake rehearsals, workshops, and performances in full view of the public on McElheny's prismatic glass-tile sculptures: a curvilinear, translucent blue sound wall for experimental music; a circular, reflective green floor for vanguard dance; and a vaulted-roofed luminous red and yellow pavilion for poetry. The public will also have access to the sculptures, to view or to adopt as a framework for their own innovative use. Danspace Project Executive Director & Chief Curator, Judy Hussie-Taylor, has invited dance artists Rashaun Mitchell & Silas Riener, Netta Yerushalmy, and Jodi Melnick to take part in this project. McElheny has encouraged the artists to use his work and the site of a public park in New York City as the impetus for their creative expression.
"It is a great honor for Danspace Project to be invited by Josiah McElheny and Madison Square Park Conservancy to be part of his Prismatic Park installation," stated Judy Hussie-Taylor. "The opportunity he offers us to consider new collaborative models for activating the public imagination couldn't be more relevant and urgent."
Danspace Project's resident artists and dates are as follows:
Rashaun Mitchell and Silas Riener: June 20-25, 2017; June 27-July 2, 2017
Netta Yerushalmy: August 1-6, 2017; August 8-13, 2017
Jodi Melnick: September 12-17, 2017; September 19-24, 2017
Please click here to read the Madison Square Park Conservancy press release. Details on the performances will follow.