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PS21 in partnership with the Town of Chatham, PS21 and Crellin Park Trails presents
Field Notes: Outdoor Dances for This 21st Century
"Field Notes" is an original site-specific work for four dancers, first performed in the apple orchards at PS21 on the late summer afternoons of September 18, 19 and 20. “Field Notes” is uniquely conceived for socially distanced audiences, with spectators seated in pairs in the open air of the orchard.
This is the fourth chapter of the choreographer’s series Of Iron and Diamonds, inspired by Boccaccio’s Decameron, which she began in 2017. This new piece, while connected to the earlier, pre-Covid chapters, is at the same time in direct response to our current moment of great uncertainty and uprising. It conjures a space of wistfulness, melancholy and delight, acknowledging the weight of this unprecedented epoch, yet without directly commenting on it.
Galasso has created nearly twenty collaborative site-based works for venues as varied and unconventional as an underground bank vault, a grand marble staircase, dilapidated houses and inverted theaters (audience onstage and performers in the seats), as well as traditional indoor and outdoor performance spaces and stages. Her choreography is cast-specific and site-responsive, with nods to history filtered through a pop sensibility.
All photos above by Steven Taylor, featuring Doug LeCours, Jordan Demetrius Lloyd, Tara Sheena and Meg Weeks, with costumes by Karen Boyer. All shot during the dress rehearsal of "Field Notes" on September 17, 2020, in the apple orchards of PS21, Chatham, NY.
Zoom prepping with Meg Weeks, Tara Sheena, Jordan Lloyd, Doug LeCours, and KC Athol.
socially distanced seating for COVID-19 SAFETY
Advanced reservations are required, and are issued in pairs.
Each pair of reservations will correspond to a seating circle outlined in field paint. Seating circles will be spaced 6-10 feet apart.
The maximum number of reserved pairs available per performance will be 25, not to exceed a max capacity of 50 participants.
Participants are invited to bring their own lawn chairs or blankets. Sanitized chairs will be available to those unable to bring their own.
We recommend you bring water, a hat, bug repellent, sunscreen, and weather appropriate clothing. You are also welcome to bring your own refreshments.
Face coverings are mandatory for the duration of the event.
Please arrive fifteen to twenty minutes prior to show time to park and get acclimated.
Participants will park at Chatham’s Crellin Community Park, 2940 Route 66, Chatham NY. Please use the back pavilion baseball field parking area, where there will be a check-in desk and designated signage for cueing, spaced 6ft apart.
After check-in, participants will be directed down the path (a distance of 300 meters, or 5-minute walk) to the performance area, where a volunteer will direct them to a seating circle.
Participants will remain seated for the duration.
The run time is approximately 40 minutes.
Bathrooms will be available before and after the performance, and sanitized between uses.