Director/Choreographer: Stephan Koplowitz

 

Dancers: Evan Copeland, Yuu Fujita, Oceane McCord, Tara O’Con, Dana Reed, Ebony Ruffin, Storme Sundberg, Lutin Tanner & Alexandria Yalj

BREAKING GROUND – A Dance Charrette-Conceived by Joanna Haigood

Produced by Dancing in the Streets-Executive Director, Aviva Davidson

FIVE ENTRANCES INTO A WAR MACHINE

(2008) 

Hangar B at Floyd Bennett Field, Brooklyn, NY

DANCING IN THE STREETS AND OPENHOUSENEWYORK TEAM UP TO EXPLORE A NEW YORK CITY MYSTERY SITE THROUGH DANCE

Dancing in the Streets presented four free public performances of BREAKING GROUND -A Dance Charrette, its signature series of site-specific dance for compelling New York City historic sites in transition that was conceived and directed by choreographer Joanna Haigood.

The performances featured five short works created by five choreographers in five days at Hangar B at Floyd Bennett Field, New York’s first municipal airport. The site was revealed to the five artists on September 29, five days before the public performances. The choreographers were: Jonah Bokaer,

Tania,Isaac, Stephan Koplowitz, Gus Solomons jr, and Nami Yamamoto.

PRESS

"Most interesting was Mr. Koplowitz’s strangely sad “Five Entrances Into a War Machine,” using the same kind of plane (a Douglas A-4 Skyhawk) in which John McCain was shot down over Vietnam. Nine dancers dressed in white mechanics’ overalls clung to, and jumped up against, the underside of the aircraft, falling heavily to the floor, spinning out of a nearby door, or carrying one another’s limp bodies over their shoulders....Mr. Koplowitz’s work looked equally compelling when viewed from behind...

-Roslyn Sulcas, New York Times, October. 6, 2008 

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