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DANCE // Agora II w/ Noémie Lafrance in the 55,000 sq ft McCarren Pool

Staging the historic McCarren Pool

Dancers of AGORA

Agora was inspired and created in celebration of the historic McCarren Park pool site, a 55,000 square foot abandoned pool in Williamsburg. The site-specific dance performance invited the community to re-experience a moment in movement in the monumental public space. Performed by 30 dancers displaying simultaneous events covering the vast expense of the pool basin, Agora produced the illusion of travel through the different layers of visceral urban experiences and explored the phenomenon of agoraphobia as a social and physical reaction to urban architecture.

Expressed as one large breath, AGORA II further explored treatments of the pool site’s vast architecture by combining ideas of collectivity with layers of audience interventions, cameo appearances by guest artists and a meshed collaboration with 75 performers: dancers, actors and live musicians. All creating a grand tableau – a city slice – a social experiment – Mapping the multiple layers of urban life’s most visceral narratives, together inside the pool basin.

Choreography / Direction:  Noémie Lafrance

Live Sound: Bora Yoon

Score/Sound Design: Brooks Williams & Norm Scott

Costumes and Props: Daniel Ruth

Rehearsal Direction: Reba Mehan

Lighting Design: Thomas Dunn

Performance Site: McCarren Park Pool, Greenpoint/WilliamsburgMain Arch (Lorimer St. between Driggs & Bayard Ave.)

Dates: September 13 – October 1 2006, Wednesday – Saturday, 8:00 PM

Created in collaboration with:
Aaron Hodges, Adi Kfir, Alyson Hill, Amy Kristin Jones, Angelo Rosso, Anjali Suneja, Asami Morita, Beth Kurkjian, Chloe Douglas, Chris Loar, Cynthia Berkshire, Elizabeth Wilkinson, Ellie Harrison, Eric Dahl, Erika Eichelberger, Erin Card, Florence Annequin, Grady Barker, Jacob Robinette, Jenny Seastone-Stern, Jil Guyon, Johnny DeArden, Julie Troost, Kate Tikkun, Kristen Freeland, Kristen Hatleberg, Kristen Young, Laeticia Emmanuel, Maya Simansons, Michael Isaacs, Melissa Sanfiorenzo, Mint Toro, Nana Miki, Omar Nasir, Pedro Jimenez, Phoebe Morris, Ramona Noel, Razvan Gorea, Rebecca Burton, Rebekah Mindel, Reena Shah, Renee Kurz, Sam Petersson, Sarah Wollschlager, Shirley Ephraim, Stephen Sheffer, Tamara Bechara, Uys Du Buisson, Zoe Schieber, Zoe WoodworthFeaturing the work of: Malcolm and the Hoop Entourage, Celeste Hastings and the Butoh Rockettes, Non Grata, Prudenia, STREB, Young Dance Collective

McCarren Pool | July, 1937

historic blueprint of McCarren Pool, circa 1941

McCarren Pool, 2006


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