July 8, 2019 - High Line Art - Upcoming performances: Ligia Lewis and Carmen Papalia
July 8, 2019

High Line Art

[1] Ligia Lewis, Water Will (in Melody), 2018. Photo: Maria Baranova. Image courtesy of the artist. [2 & 4] Carmen Papalia, Mobility Device, 2013. Photo: John Spiak. Image courtesy of Grand Central Arts Center. [3] Ligia Lewis, minor matter, 2016. Photo: Martha Glenn. Image courtesy of the artist.

Upcoming performances: Ligia Lewis and Carmen Papalia

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Ligia Lewis
Sensation 1/This Interior: July 23, 24 & 25, 7:30–8:30pm
On the High Line at 14th Street

Carmen Papalia
Mobility Device: September 11 & 12, 7–8pm
Various locations on the High Line

Commissioned and produced by High Line Art, High Line Performances are a series of live, often participatory events that transform the park into an open-air theater. This series has previously featured works by artists including Kevin Beasley, Simone Forti, Maria Hassabi, Alison Knowles, David Lamelas, Ryan McNamara, Benjamin Patterson, Mungo Thomson, Naama Tsabar, and the Trisha Brown Dance Company, among others.

Ligia Lewis (b. 1983, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic) expands her solo work Sensation 1 into an hour-long performance for six dancers on the High Line. The figure of a vocalist who holds her concluding note forms the basis for Sensation 1/This Interior. Lewis stretches this climatic moment into a sustained articulation of feeling and affect across multiple bodies. An ecstatic choreographed form emerges, dissolving the singular gesture of the iconic pop diva into a collective experience.

Carmen Papalia  (b. 1981, Vancouver, Canada, unceded Coast Salish territory) presents Mobility Device, an innovative, collaborative performance in which he is accompanied by Hungry March Band, an 18-person a marching band that plays a site-reactive score as guidance for navigating his surroundings. The work transforms the white cane—a symbol of someone with visual impairment—into a collective, sonic experience that opens up ways of thinking about care, collaboration, and a normative hierarchy of the senses. With this work, he urges visitors to experience public spaces through the non-visual world.


Lead support for High Line Art comes from Amanda and Don Mullen. Major support for High Line Art is provided by Shelley Fox Aarons and Philip E. Aarons, The Brown Foundation, Inc. of Houston, and Charina Endowment Fund. High Line Art is supported, in part, with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, and from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the New York City Council, under the leadership of Speaker Corey Johnson.

About High Line Art
Founded in 2009, High Line Art commissions and produces a wide array of artwork, including site-specific commissions, exhibitions, performances, video programs, and a series of billboard interventions. Led by Donald R. Mullen, Jr. Director & Chief Curator of High Line Art Cecilia Alemani, and presented by the High Line, the art program invites artists to think of creative ways to engage with the unique architecture, history, and design of the park, and to foster a productive dialogue with the surrounding neighborhood and urban landscape.

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