Lo Fi Dance Theory is proud to present 10002 Compositions in celebration of Lower East Side History Month. 10002 Compositions is an interactive workshop taking place in the neighborhood where our company began 5 years ago. Gathering at IATI Theater on Saturday, May 18th from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM, we are calling community members to participate as we create choreographic compositions drawing on stories from the spaces around us for instruction and formation. We will develop as units of reflection; of the arteries, governing pillars, walls and entry points that make up the places we live.
Residents of the LES are well acquainted with the impersonal trends of privatized spaces, issues of tenancy safety, rising costs of living and ultimately – displacement. In some ways, this workshop can be seen as a small, deliberate act of resistance and is meant to explore/encourage how: a) communication is inherent to the health of our communities and, b) small acts of nurturing these foundational relationships can strengthen opposition to the incessant commercialization of public realms. Looking at one another, choosing to share our stories about our lives in the city are ways of holding space.
Building upon a philosophy of co-operative participation, and the street-level approach held by thinkers like Jane Jacobs and Jan Gehl – each composition will personify how dynamic, flexible social fabrics can counter the structural rigidity of for-profit urban planning. These exercises will require us to use our imaginations so that we can problem solve and work together. Just like the social ecologies of the places we live – collective imagining and movement can ensure the adaptive capacity, flexibility and resilience our communities need to thrive. All bodies welcome. No dance experience necessary. We hope that you’ll join us. 10002 Compositions is created in collaboration with Jaymes Moore who will lead the workshop alongside LFDT director, Wynn Holmes. This project is made possible by the research and generous support of Julia Kidder, IATI Theater, The Peoples LES, and the LFDT Community.