July 7, 2015 - High Line Art - Summer performances
July 7, 2015

Summer performances

Aki Sasamoto, Centrifugal March, 2012. Performance. Photo: Orlando Thompson. Courtesy the artist and Take Ninagawa.

Summer performances

Francisca Benitez
As you lean on me and I lean on you, we move forward
July 14, 15, and 17, 2015, 7pm
Various locations on the High Line

Aki Sasamoto
Food Rental
July 21–23, 2015, 7pm
On the High Line at West 30th Street and 11th Avenue

Kevin Beasley
September 8–10, 2015
High Line at the Rail Yards

Free admission
Open to all ages
No RSVP required

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Presented by Friends of the High Line, High Line Art commissions and produces High Line Performances, a series of live, often participatory events that transform the park into an open-air theater. Performances take place on and around the High Line and have previously included works by Pablo Bronstein, Jamal Cyrus, Simone Forti, Alison Knowles, David Lamelas, Ryan McNamara, Cally Spooner, and the Trisha Brown Dance Company, among others.

Francesca Benitez will engage park visitors in a series of three interrelated vignettes that weave through the park along paths choreographed in signs. The three chapters of her performance will unfold at three distinct locations in the park, reacting to each site individually. An extension of her previous work with both formal and informal sign languages, Benitez’s performance will bring together a new group of collaborators in a melding of sign languages and contact improvisation, including performers with a background in ASL jamming and deaf poetry circles. 

Aki Sasamoto will present a new performance specifically for the High Line for which she will bring a custom-built food cart to the High Line at the Rail Yards. From her perch inside the cart, the artist will offer visitors an à la carte selection of micro performances and playful narrative demonstrations. Like an off-kilter life hacking workshop, Food Rental will continue Sasamoto’s tradition of performances that engage visitors with sneakily shifting stage sets and unruly props. 

Kevin Beasley will install and play a new sound sculpture on the High Line at the Rail Yards, a site whose immersive acoustic landscape enthralled the artist on his first visit to the park. Collecting audio recordings on and around the High Line, Beasley will develop a composition merging the natural, human, and machine sounds that immerse visitors to the park.

Visit art.thehighline.org for more information on locations and times of performances.

High Line Art is presented by Friends of the High Line and the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation. High Line Art is made possible by Donald R. Mullen, Jr. and The Brown Foundation, Inc. of Houston. 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.

Aki Sasamoto, Food Rental is supported, in part, by a grant from The Japan Foundation, New York.

About High Line Art
Presented by Friends of the High Line, High Line Art commissions and produces public art projects on and around the High Line. Founded in 2009, High Line Art presents a wide array of artwork including site-specific commissions, exhibitions, performances, video programs, and a series of billboard interventions. Curated by Cecilia Alemani, the Donald R. Mullen, Jr. Director & Chief Curator of High Line Art, and produced by Friends of the High Line, High Line Art invites artists to think of creative ways to engage with the uniqueness of the architecture, history, and design of the High Line and to foster a productive dialogue with the surrounding neighborhood and urban landscape.

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