Led by Athena Kokoronis and Leila Mougoui Bakhtiari
Saturday May 24 1-4:30pm
Sunday May 25 1-4:30pm
Inwood Hill Park
Our collaboration site is Inwood Hill Park. It is the only natural forest in Manhattan. It was not designed, but rather formed by ecological and human shifts over time. We’re interested in seeing how these shifts can inform the practices of both urban ecology and dance. We will share our hybrid practice in a 2-day workshop. A large-scale quilt, inspired by a number of New York city parks, has previously been constructed. We will use it as a picnic blanket as well as a tool to map the Inwood Hill Park’s ecosystem. Finally, we will construct a patch based on our experience of Inwood Hill Park which will become the quilt’s medallion.
May 24 1-4:30pm
Walk, Dispersal, Stitch
We’ll start with a walk that identifies mapping systems used in urban ecology (particularly priority maps). We will utilize these mapping systems to determine multiple sites for a movement practice, which will attempt to map the sounds of the park. This experience will be further processed into the construction and stitching of a quilt medallion.
May 25 1-4:30pm
Walk, Steward, Picnic
We will start with a movement warm-up (Practice for the trees) that segues into a walk through the park. We will end by engaging in tree stewardship, specifically the task of pulling wine berry vines and garlic mustard (invasive plants that are edible but harmful to the trees). We will close by inviting participants to rest on our quilt and enjoy a picnic of Greek-Iranian pies.
Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please bring a water bottle and where comfortable clothes for moving.