Produced by Risa Jasoslow and Dancers and the Times Square Alliance
Wednesday, July 6th: 11am
Thursday, July 7th: 5 & 7pm
Duffy Square & Broadway Plazas between 45-47th Streets
New York, NY 10036
Choreographer: Risa Jaroslow
Dancers: Marcos Duran, Elise Knudson, Rachel Lehrer, Paul Singh, Briana Fails, Jeremy Finch, Stephanie Fungsang, Courtney Jackson and Laurel Snyder.
New York’s Risa Jaroslow & Dancers present their newest work, The Partner Project / Scene in Public, amongst crowds in Times Square. The Partner Project/Scene in Public investigates the nature of intimate relationships and how we are changed by witnessing moments of intimacy in public places. These might be expressions of affection, anger, frustration, fear or the many other emotional states that shape relationships. In a public setting these moments become performances – the intimate exchange is a duet and the inadvertent observers become the audience.
“We are thrilled to work with Risa Jaroslow and her dancers as they explore human connections on the world’s largest stage,” said Tim Tompkins, president of the Times Square Alliance. “Each day hundreds of thousands of visitors come to Times Square, and we can’t think of a more perfect location than the Crossroads of the World to showcase a piece of cutting-edge art that examines how we interact with each other.”
The piece will begin at Duffy Square at 46th Street and Broadway with ten dancers. As it moves to the Broadway Plazas between 45th and 47th Streets, it will shift into duets, quartets and other combinations of dancers. The movement and stillness of the pedestrians who encounter it will complete the “performance.” Audiences can follow the performers or catch a glimpse as they walk by. The performances will be on Wednesday, July 6 at 11am, Thursday, July 7 at 5pm and 7pm and on Friday, July 8 at 7pm and 9pm.
The Partner Project / Scene in Public premiered at the Danspace Project in December. Eva Yaa Asentewaa in The Infinite Body Blog described it as “a dance filled with grace, relatedness and sensitive response. Jaroslow explores many journeys of human connection, and her discoveries are fresh, never literal or obvious, always evolving in surprising, quirky ways. Her dancers are so alive in their movement and in their interactions that you clearly detect the flow of subtle thoughts and feelings, not only actions.” Risa Jaroslow & Dancers has performed internationally. In New York, they have performed at Dance Theater Workshop, Lincoln Center Out-of-Doors, Sitelines, The 92nd Street Y at The Duke, the Joyce Theater and Central Park Summerstage. For more information, please visit www.hightidedance.com.
The Partner Project/Scene in Public is made possible by the Jerome Robbins Foundation, American Music Center Live Music for Dance Program, Music-Theatre Group, New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, the Fund for Creative communities supported by the New York State Council on the Arts and administered by the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, and the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council's Swing Space program with project space donated by Capstone Equities.
Times Square Arts Sponsors
- New York City Department of Cultural Affairs
- Rockefeller Foundation
- Lower Manhattan Cultural Council