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|EARTH CELEBRATIONS: HUDSON RIVER PAGEANT
ECOLOGICAL PERFORMANCE ART EVENT FEATURING:
PARADE OF GIANT PUPPETS & SPECTACULAR COSTUMES
TO RESTORE THE HUDSON RIVER & ADDRESS CLIMATE CHANGE
OYSTER GARDEN PLANTING, DANCE OF RIVER GRASS, LIVE FISH RELEASE RIVER CLEANSING CEREMONY & BOAT DANCE
DOWNTOWN SECTION OF THE HUDSON RIVER PARK- NEW YORK CITY 1-5PM
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On Saturday, May 22, 2010 (raindate: Sunday, May 23), Earth Celebrations, a non-profit ecological arts organization, launches 2nd annual Earth Celebrations’ Hudson River Pageant: to restore the Hudson River and address climate change in New York City.
This ecological parade and performance art event is directed by theatrical pageant director, Felicia Young, Founder/Director of Earth Celebrations and the creator of the Rites of Spring: Procession to Save Our Gardens for 15 years in the East Village. The new Hudson River Pageant features a magnificent parade of giant 15-foot river species puppets, spectacular costumes representing oysters, sea horses, blue crabs, wetlands, river grass, alternative elemental energy spirits, and over 70 species of local fish. Music, dance, performances, songs, and poetry, including an Oyster Garden Planting Ceremony, Live Fish Release, River Cleansing Ceremony, and a Boat Dance , highlighting the river, and its’ species, habitats, and issues, are presented at the various piers and significant sites along the parade route, from the World Financial Center/ Marina, moving north to Gansevoort Street, in the downtown portion of the Hudson River Park from 1-6pm.
The spectacular Boat Dance & Harmonic Chant Concert closing ceremony combines on-the-river boat choreography by Bessie award-winning choreographer Alice Farley and the over-the-river concert by composer-singer David Hykes &The Harmonic Choir, a pioneer of overtone singing, presenting a world premiere of “River Goddess Flowing” The choreography includes 30-foot rowboats festooned with spectacular marine-life sculptures and costumed kayaks performing a dance movement on the water. Boat participants include: Village Community Boathouse, The Harbor School, and individual kayakers, paddle boarders, and wind surfers.
The pageant is a magnificent creation of art, performance and community engagement to honor and restore the Hudson and address climate change. Children and community people participate creating the spectacular puppets and costumes through Earth Celebrations Art & Ecology/ Puppet & Costume Workshops with Artists-in Residence, Michele Brody and Lucrecia Novoa. From March – May the educational environmental art workshops are based at the World Financial Center’s Courtyard Gallery, every Wednesday 6-9pm and every Saturday 12-4pm, through the in-kind Sponsorship of Brookfield Properties/arts>World Financial Center-Arts.
Also featured at the World Financial Center is an Hudson River Pageant exhibition featuring the growing of Michele Brody’s River Grass Skirts and headdresses. The visually dramatic growing of the skirts and headdresses with embedded native grass seeds on a copper pipe armature with drip irrigation system, is a living and changing artwork over several weeks. When they have grown, they are worn by dancers as the “River Grass” in the pageant.
You can view our website: earthcelebrations.com
Video Documentary-Hudson River Pageant
Video Clip of Oyster Planting & Boat Dance
Earth Celebrations Puppet & Costume Workshops March 3 – May 19th, for teens & adults create the spectacular costumes, masks, and giant puppets for the Hudson River Pageant, inspired by the diverse marine species of the Hudson River. Workshops culminate in Earth Celebrations’ Hudson River Pageant, on Saturday, May 22nd, 2010 (raindate: Sunday May 23rd).
Create Spectacular Costume and Puppets for Hudson River Pageant
Wednesdays 6-9pm: Costume Workshops with artists Michele Brody
Saturdays 12-4pm: Puppet Workshops with artist Lucrecia Novoa
@ the Courtyard Gallery, The World Financial Center
200 Vesey Street ( 2nd floor-near the Winter Garden) just off the Hudson River.
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