A new theatrical experience by En Garde Arts, co-commissioned by Arts Brookfield and Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, and presented as part of the River To River Festival, HARBORED is a site-specific work that weaves together stories from the last two centuries of immigration in the U.S.
Written and directed by Jimmy Maize with music by Heather Christian, choreography by Wendy Seyb, and vocals by Mama Arts Foundations’ Wednesday Sings Choir and the Downtown Voices Choir, a cast of 50+ performers tell the stories of twentieth-century author Willa Cather and her character Antonia, Lewis and Clark pursuing their dream of the American West, and everyday citizens who came through Ellis Island. Championing an immersive process of understanding and discovery, HARBORED redefines the ways in which we think about America’s past, present and future.
TELL YOUR STORY!
June 21-25, 12 – 2 PM
Talk with director Jimmy Maize about how you or your family came to the U.S.! Select conversations will be incorporated into the evening shows from June 22 – 25, creating an entirely new theatrical experience each night.
Join the cast for a break out session after the performance on Friday, June 23!
ABOUT EN GARDE ARTS
En Garde Arts‘ mission is to produce bold, unconventional, and innovative multimedia and interdisciplinary theater that marries content with community and inspires dialogue and debate about the salient issues of our time.
Founded by visionary producer Anne Hamburger, En Garde Arts is a New York-based 501(c)3 not-for-profit that builds upon a globally-recognized history of creative excellence alongside such luminaries as Reza Abdoh, Anne Bogart, María Irene Fornés, Charles L. Mee, Jr., Tina Landau, Jonathan Larson, Bill Rauch, Fiona Shaw, and Mac Wellman.
From 1985 until 1999, En Garde Arts was the first exclusively site-specific theatre in New York, re-envisioning the city as a stage with experiential events that interwove story with location in Central Park, Penn Yards, East River Park, the Chelsea Hotel, a Meatpacking District before gentrification, and beyond. Using original and adapted texts, productions tackled such timely subjects as the AIDS epidemic and the city’s growing economic disparities and were collectively honored with six OBIEs, two Drama Desk Awards, and an Outer Critics Circle Special Award — with The New York Times proclaiming the organization to be “an invigorating urban presence.”
ABOUT THE RIVER TO RIVER FESTIVAL
River To River seeks to provide world-class free summer entertainment and to inspire residents, workers and visitors in the neighborhoods south of Chambers Street and at Governors Island by connecting them to the best of the arts, the creative process, unique places and each other. For audiences of one to crowds of thousands, River To River provides an intense and rewarding way to experience and discover Lower Manhattan and Governors Island’s waterfronts, parks, plazas and history.
Much more than just a series of free events, River To River also serves as a platform for the arts sector in both nurturing new ideas and extending the life of existing work by inviting artists to create new site-specific works as well as site-responsive versions of premiere performances. The spectrum of work presented represents all stages of the creative process and audiences are encouraged to get closer to artists and their practices through open studios, artist talks and social events.
ABOUT LOWER MANHATTAN CULTURAL COUNCIL
Since its founding in 1973, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council (LMCC) has been dedicated to empowering artists and enhancing the cultural vibrancy of New York City through a broad range of platforms and initiatives, all based on the belief that artists are an inspirational and catalyzing force within any community. In 2017, LMCC will award over $650,000 in grants; place 100 individuals and arts groups in studio residency programs; offer free professional development workshops and programs designed to help artists enhance the sustainability of their careers; and present over 140 days of free cultural experiences for the public to enjoy, including its flagship River To River Festival, Open Studios with artist talks and work-in-process showings, Arts East River Waterfront programs, and exhibitions & installations in LMCC’s Arts Center at Governors Island and other locations.
LMCC’s robust network of partners in the public and private sectors combined with its commitment to investing in individual artists and small arts groups and its integrated approach to fostering local neighborhood efforts is all directed toward sparking public thought and imagination and inspiring personal attachment to—and investment in—NYC’s communities.