New York can sometimes become overbearing. There is so many things to do, yet so little time. We try to get by, but the challenges seem never ending. Our next artist recognizes this reality and plans to display empathy using her body. During the festival, she will ask you to share a burden, then carry it for you to provide relief. There is nothing better than seeing a body of work , so to speak, that could also be therapeutic. We are excited to have Corinne Cappelletti to join the us this year, after hearing about Art in Odd Places during the Festival of Ideas last May.
How exactly will Corinne and her team going to carry your burden? The answer is below
|Corinne Cappelletti , photo credit: Lauryn Gerstle|
CC: When I thought about my relationship to 14th Street, I thought about schlepping my belongings throughout the city from the studio to work, to the grocery story, and an evening obligation before returning home. As a primary freeway stretching across Manhattan, 14th street is a busy transitory and yet, productive atmosphere. Too much of my time is occupied by organizing and re-organizing my time and my route. It is exhausting. My sense of New York City is wrapped up in the whirlwind of errands, meetings and events. I take in my surroundings in soundbites, at the pace of my road bike on which I speed rapidly through the city. I want to stop and connect through walking, through sharing the burdens that we endure to be here. There are small burdens that happen on a daily basis and bigger burdens in life that I bring with me. I want to use my performance ritual as a platform to listen, be inspired, share and potentially transcend the personal histories and daily encounters of people who live and work on 14th street.
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Carry you burdens by Corinne Cappelletti AiOP October 2011 from Corinne Cappelletti on Vimeo.
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Nigel shares a burden at Rags-A-GoGo 218 W 14th St from Corinne Cappelletti on Vimeo.
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Landmark Clip from the performance map, “Carry you Burdens,” Jackie Ruden 14th street from Corinne Cappelletti on Vimeo.
CC: We are going to perform along 14th street, from the Highline Park to Ave B. There are 9/10 landmarks to our route where we stop and perform according to the people and burden that is being embodied. Anywhere along the route when we encounter a burden small or large, we stop to describe the surrounding burdens and how they affect us emotionally and physically. A map of the landmark points and the corresponding name and burden will be available soon.
For the past 3 months I have been developing a Body-Based Improvisational Workshop series called IMPRINT. I co-teach/design it with my friend, Eva Perotta of Nu Dance Theater (France/NYC). This workshop teaches specific types of touch to access particular body systems, such as the skeletal system or the fluid system, in order to facilitate a different state of being/feeling/thinking. We explore the imprint, both in terms of the residual state of mind/body and the re-patterning of the nervous system, through movement and improvisation.
Thank you, Corinne! Keep an eye on her starting October 1. The Art in Odd Places Program guide will be out soon. Keep checking the blog for more details