Breathing with Strangers is a work in development
created by Melissa Riker/Kinesis Project dance theatre
music performed by Opera On Tap
How do you see others?
What is generosity?
How does kindness occur?
What is helping?
“I remember remembering you.”
BREATHING WITH STRANGERS
This work is inspired by New York City and the transit we use to move to and fro within it. I love the subway system, and I am in awe, and fascinated by the moments of collective sleepy quiet on a Monday morning, the intense proximity we share as New Yorkers, and how good we (generally) are at keeping space, and peace between us.
We have told one another stories of kindness between strangers, talked about what those moments of kindness require to occur, and how often they happen in silence. We’ve drawn maps of the space between people, we’ve invented together, and now we have worked together to place these tales and stories and experiences in the inspiring pathways of Riverside South. We look forward to continuing this work in Snug Harbor, and then Inwood Hill Park.
in constant collaboration with the dancers
Kinesis Project dancers
Zoe Allocco, Andrew Broaddus, Michelle Amara Micca,
Therese Ronco, Jiemin Yang
dancers whose contributions are still present in the work
Micheal Greenberg, Marion Spencer
Music Performed by Opera On Tap
Arrangements by David Gordon
Opera On Tap singers
Joanie Brittingham, David Gordon, Krista Wozniak, Luke Van Meveren
with guest Shannon Finnell