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Works on Water

music, theater, visual art

June 22, 2017

12:30 PM - 1:30 PM

Zuccotti Park
Broadway & Liberty Street
New York, NY 10006

Works on Water is a month-long series presenting multiple artistic perspectives on water in a global context.

From the intimate experience we have with water every day to the cultural experience with water that inspires our creative minds, to the politics of water that most people don’t think about, to the global considerations of water, which is often hard to comprehend, Works on Water presents four artists showcase time-based work about the water that surrounds us.

Presented by New Georges with 3LD Art & Technology and Urban Water Artists in collaboration with Guerilla Science.



June 8 | Opera in the Shower

Rachel Parish and Audrey Gámez

A playful meditation on the use or water in our daily lives, Opera in the Shower takes inspiration from Helen Banner’s experimental opera about washing rituals.


June 15 | Plein Air the Future

Lise Brenner

Imagine the past and the future of Zuccotti Park while abstract painters create visuals showcasing the potential impact of rising sea level in real time.


June 22 | The Play About the Bridge

Nancy Nowacek and Celine Song

Inspired by Nowacek’s Citizen Bridge, this piece features two actors who struggle to make their way from point A to point B, bridging multiple obstacles and distances.


June 29 | 36.5/Mannahatta

Sarah Cameron Sunde

Connect with the tidal shifts in water surrounding the city and the streams below in this one-time performance featuring three performers and public participation.



Rachel Parish is a theater director, installation artist, arts leader, and community organizer. With specialties in directing, devising and dramaturgy for new plays, her work has taken place in the UK, Ireland, China, Switzerland, the USA, Croatia, and Gabon, with support from organizations including Arts Council England, the Welcome Trust and the Arts and Humanities Research Council. Recent original stage productions include Manifesting Destiny and Hellscreen (London, 2015). Rachel’s work contains a close attention to visual design and often incorporates original live music and rich choreography. Rachel trained in London at the prestigious National Theatre Studio Director’s Course. She received her MA with distinction from the Central School of Speech and Drama and, in the USA she studied at the University of Georgia, with LaMama and the SITI Company, and is a graduate of the Lincoln Center Director’s Lab.


Lise Brenner is a choreographer, writer, teacher, producer and performer active in NYC and abroad. Brenner holds her MFA Interdisciplinary Performance from DasArts, University of the Arts, Amsterdam and has had her work supported by, among others, the NYC Dept of Cultural Affairs, the Mondriaan Stichting (NL), iLand Art, Dance Theatre Workshop, and the Central Park Urban Rangers.  In 2010 she co-founded ICSCS (the Institute for Culture in the Service of Community Sustainability), with support from the Rockefeller Cultural Innovation Fund and the Mellon Foundation.

Multiple shifts of locale and context have led her to consider performance as intimately connected to the policy, history, language and other political and cultural fundamentals that result in the architecture (whether literal—i.e. buildings, landscapes—or societal—i.e. economic and government structures, historio-cultural, linguistic, etc) of daily life.  Performance works since 2006 have focused on the New York City landscape, utilizing choreographic principals to organize multi-talented and diversely focused creators in projects that provide multidimensional ‘scores’ for audience/participants. These projects all start from a fascination with the underlying history and environmental factors shaping present day urban realities, and a desire to engage audiences in co-imagining the past in order to re-imagine the future of the city. In September 2012 she was delighted to return to the NY stage at St. Mark’s Danspace in Clarinda Mac Low’s tribute to Jackson Mac Low: 40 Dances for the Dancers.  She has published peer-reviewed articles in Parallax and Performance Paradigms, and has written for the Movement Research Journal.


Nancy Nowacek makes art focused on the power and politics of the body in late-capital, post-industrial culture. Embodying latent or invisible systems—bureaucracy, infrastructure, computer coding—she intervenes into the designed world with sculpture, performance and installations that challenge and shift assumptions of the social and body schema. Often situated between speculation and reality, Nowacek’s work brings conceptual environments and uses of the body into concrete, tactile sensory experience through the transformation of found objects and ready-mades. Fueled by contemporary issues, her work is inspired by minimalism, land art, conceptual art, and Fluxus. Her projects are often socially-engaged and process-driven, involving the collaboration of dozens to hundreds of participants in their realization.

Nowacek holds MFAs in Visual Communication and Social Practice. Her work has been supported most recently a through a 2-year fellowship at Eyebeam. She has also been supported by residencies through the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, Recess, Signal Fire and the Sharpe Walentas Studio Program and grants from Two Trees and Brooklyn Arts Council. She will be teaching at the Stevens Institute of Technology beginning fall 2017 and organizes panels and events devoted to waterways and climate change, and bodies and technology. She has exhibited and presented works in New York, Los Angeles and the Bay Area, Canada, South America and Europe.


Sarah Cameron Sunde Sarah Cameron Sunde is an interdisciplinary artist and director working at the intersection of performance, video and public art. She leads the live art cohort Lydian Junction, is Deputy Artistic Director of  New Georges, and is known internationally as Jon Fosse’s American translator and director (five U.S. debut productions; translations published by PAJ). Among other places, her work been seen at 3LD Art & Technology Center, EFA Project Space, the Knockdown Center, Kennedy Center, Guthrie Theater and presented internationally in Norway, The Netherlands, Mexico, China, Uganda and Iraqi Kurdistan. Honors include a Princess Grace Award, Creative Climate Award First prize 2015, and residencies at The Watermill Center and Hermitage Foundation. She holds a BA in Theater from UCLA and an MFA in Digital and Interdisciplinary Art Practice from the City College of New York, CUNY. Sunde is currently working on large-scale projects 36.5 / a durational performance with the sea and ACROSS AN EMPTY LOT: a temporary memorial to the empty space. She is a 2016-17 artist-in-residence with LMCC’s Workspace program.