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Week 5

Hi Everyone!
Week 5!  Can you believe it!?!
1) This coming week is a bit easier than last week, and definitely easier than the coming week.  Rest and take care so that you don’t burn out.  Sit and zone in a park, go to a movie, have a nice dinner with friends, take an extra yoga class – whatever you need to have quiet, rejuvenating time.
2) Sally & Al will be holding individual meetings on Tuesday, September 29 to review your paper outlines.  We would like the meetings to be held early morning (between8:30am and noon), and we will have a signup sheet in class on Friday. If Tuesday morning will be impossible for you, please email Al and Sally now to make other arrangements.
3) Looking ahead: You should have received an email from Hans about the upcoming stoop sale.  The stoop sale is a regular event, held to help offset the cost of your Then She Fell tickets.  It is mandatory to participate in some capacity (in person or by baking).
4) Looking ahead: Your first “logs and proofs” deadline is October 2.  On that date, Al will be collecting receipts, programs, etc. (any tangible item) showing that you have attended performances and fulfilled your viewing requirement.  We’ll also be reviewing your google drive logs.
5) There are several free shows this week: Movement Research @ Judson Church begins its Monday night season; Sundays on Broadway @ WeisAcres begins its fall events.  These two series offer great opportunities to see engage with the community, especially if you attend regularly.
6) You should receive an email from Danspace Project this week about ushering this weekend.  Please let me know if you do not receive this email.
1) For Abby’s class on Monday, come with something to try from your High Line project.
2) For the Tenement Museum on Friday, you must have your AAM card with you for free entry.  Check your wallet now!  : )  (They are strict on this policy and have specifically asked our group to be prepared when we arrive, after a not-so-smooth entry last year.)
3) Those who still owe Sally ticket money, remember to set up a schedule with us or turn it into Al ASAP.
4) In class and at Friday’s show, I handed you two tickets: one for Fall for Dance (10/8 or 10/9), one for the White Light Festival (10/24).  Make sure you put the tickets in a safe place!  : )
9/21 Mon. (2-5:30pm): WK 5 COMP—Social/Political Space as Performance with Guest Artist Abigail Levine @ The High Line at 17th Street entrance. Take the stairs up and meet in the amphitheater area. (Rain spot: Chelsea Market at 10th Avenue and 16th Street.)
After a warm up on the High Line, Abby will lead us through exploring the social/political space as performance, including the range of options for how to engage or not engage with passersby, the designed space of the High Line, and the surrounding streets. We will address the importance of not seeking or expecting a certain type of engagement from people.

9/24 Thurs. (due on Bb by 5pm): *Paper 1 Outline/Worksheet #2 Due*

——(5:30pm): WK 5 PERFORMANCE—SarahGrace, Jamie, Taylor, Alice: Ushering at Dancenow Festival @ Joe’s Pub (425 Lafayette Street, at Astor Place, Manhattan). 7pmshow.
9/25 Fri. (9:4512pm): WK 5 EXPERIENTIAL—Tenement Museum Tour “Irish Outsiders” @ 103 Orchard Street, New York, NY. (Meet at the Museum Shop.)
*Bring your AAM Cards for Free Entry!*

Built on Manhattan’s Lower East Side in 1863, this tenement apartment building was home to nearly 7000 working class immigrants over several decades. Directions: B/D trains to Grand Street, F train to Delancey Street, or J/M/Z trains to Essex Street.

——Fri. (1-4pm): WK 5 A&R CLASS—NYC HISTORY AND DANCE: Dance and Immigration, the Lower East Side, Millionaire’s Row and Progressive Era Welfare @ Gibney Conference Room.

Snack: Sal & Al

Part 1) In-class discussion of readings

Part 2) The immigrant translocations in the early 1800s transformed into an eruption of immigrants in the 1840s as the Irish Potato Famine pushed Irish immigrants to the U.S; many never left NYC Five Points. Many immigrants stayed in the Lower East Side (“LES”) tenements. In 1910 the population was approximately 550,000 making it one of the highest in the world. In stark contrast, and co-existing in the same city, was the upper Fifth Avenue’s “Gold Coast,” homes for the city’s millionaire railroad, mining, lumber, industrial “Robber Barons,” nouveaux riches, whose balls were lavish displays of wealth.

Current day artists working with NYC histories and places that are personal or familial, culturally-specific histories of groups, and immigration often provide the basic materials of art-making. Doug Varone deals with important elements of community, historicity, space, and personal material in 2001 Neither.


Varone, Doug folder on Blackboard. (multiple short articles and reviews)

King, Greg, A Season of Splendor: The Court of Mrs. Astor in the Gilded Age New York, (John Wiley & Son. Hoboken, NJ), 2009.  pp. 60-64; 373-5.

McDonough, Don, Dance:  A Very Social History.  Read PDF pages 1-6 (not the book’s pages).

Riis, Jacob A.  “How the Other Half lives.” Read Chp. 8.

9/26 Sat. (5-7:30pm): WK 5 PERFORMANCE—Ant Hampton’s The Extra People @ Florence Gould Hall (55 East 59th Street, between Park and Madison Avenues) Note: You will be experiencing in this performance in two groups, to be determined when you arrive at the theater and check in.
9/27 Sun. (due on Bb by 11:59pm): WK 5 JOURNAL—Reflect on your experiences taking class around the city so far. List the classes you have taken. Based on your experience, What stands out? What will you return to as a “home base”? and What do you plan to try next?