Since 2008, Jennifer Scappettone has worked with choreographer/director Kathy Westwater and architect/designer Seung Jae Lee on multiple iterations of Westwater’s performance work PARK, which explores the transformation of the distressed contemporary landscape from a site of trauma to a commons.
In February 2010 portions of PARK were presented by Dance Theater Workshop in New York City during Kathy Westwater‘s Studio Space Residency, featuring choreography/direction by Kathy Westwater; art direction by Seung Jae Lee; poetry and vocal concept by Jennifer Scappettone; music by Sean Meehan and Toshimura Nakamura; and performances by Abby Block, Rebecca Brooks, Phil Colosi, Rebecca Davis, Ursula Eagly, Kazu Nakamura and Kathy Westwater.
A review of the showing by Thom Donovan appears here.
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PARK at Fresh Kills is an ongoing series of research-based and performative acts based on interdisciplinary scores developed by Westwater, Scappettone, and Lee during two creative residencies at Fresh Kills, Staten Island, New York in 2010 and 2011. The work was presented on June 26, 2010 and on November 5, 2011. Tours of the Freshkills Park site, introducing visitors to the site’s complex engineering, infrastructure, and ecology, preceded the showings.
2010 showing: Choreography/direction: Kathy Westwater; art direction: Seung Jae Lee; poetry & text scores: Jennifer Scappettone; performers: Maggie Bennett, Rebecca Brooks, Rebecca Davis, Ursula Eagly, Melissa Guerrero, Belinda He, Kazu Nakamura, Jeremy Phieffer, Jennifer Scappettone, Kathy Westwater, and Enrico Wey; Paper dress/shirts: Jesse Alpern
In 2011, the collaborators conducted an iLAND-supported second residency at Fresh Kills, culminating in a public showing that was discussed at the iLAB Moving Into the Out There symposium at the New School in March 2012.
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PARK PDX was featured at Reed College’s RAW: GEOGRAPHIES festival in March 2011.
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Residencies at the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council and at the Millay Colony in 2012 offered support to this work.