Requiem for Journal Square
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Remarkable guerrilla event
After a long battle with the Port Authority we resorted to using gorilla tactics in realizing our sound and movement occupancy of Jared Kushner’s new digs. Using primarily voice and percussion we created a remarkable sound texture which transformed the pedestrian plaza into a listening and observing space. Using 20 movers we integrated into the existing movement patterns of the space and subtly shifted its ever more fuctional and restricted nature. Many people paused to observe: a moment outside of the usual consuming grind in the heart of American capitalism.
Because of heavy police presence we were unable to film this performance. This is a clip of rehearsal…
Jersey City’s Journal Square is currently being transformed by the construction three luxury rental skyscrapers built by Jared Kushner, Donald Trump’s son-in-law. In anticipation of this radical corporate facelift, Requiem for Journal Square will honor the current spirit and diversity of Journal Square by interjecting a lively dance, spoken word, and percussion work on its expansive public plaza. The work will promote a critical awareness of the conflict between private for-profit interests and the very possibility of public space and civic dialogue. Shua Group will collaborate with Detroit-based composer and lyricist Billy Mark and French/US based percussionist Stephan Garin.
Requiem for Journal Square continues the tradition of Shua Group performances which transform public and outdoor spaces into performance landscapes. In a moment when the very possibility of free public expression is under fire and our cities have chosen to sell public assets to private developers, placing art directly in public space is crucial.
Please go to minute 20 for Billy Mark text/performance.
Dance and music work created for empty parking lots in Detroit, MI, in collaboration with Billy Mark (text), James Cornish (music), and Tzveta Kassabova (dance). Developed through a process of gathering tires in the city and developing sound and actions related to the sight.
Dance and music work created for a steel workshop, in collaboration with percussionists Stephan Garin and Sam Sowyrda, and choroegrapher Tzveta Kassabova. Choreography and composition created through an interaction with the architecture of the site. Lighting by Joshua Bisset.
Start and End Dates
09/01/2017 — 09/15/2017
Jersey City, New Jersey