Wave Hill Hosts Spring Dances & Workshop on Earth Day Weekend

Choreographer Merián Soto Continues One-Year Residency

Award-winning choreographer Merián Soto continues her residency at Wave Hill with an Earth Day performance of Branch Dances at Wave Hill on Sunday, April 22. Soto’s work dovetails with Wave Hill’s mission to explore human connections to the natural world through the arts, and furthers its rich history in presenting adventurous, mission-related outdoor performances. This spring-themed performance will connect perfectly with the Earth Day festivities hosted through the weekend. Soto also offers a workshop on Saturday, April 21, to introduce various movement techniques designed to open up the senses and connect with nature. The workshop is open to adults and young people that are ages 12 and up. Visit www.wavehill.org/arts for a full description of both events.

Soto uses both choreographed and improvised movement to transform everyday life experience, memory and history into innovative works that create a heightened awareness of emotion, expression and consciousness. Branch Dances at Wave Hill performances are slow and meditative, yet powerfully communicative. Soto works with her team of dancers―Beau Hancock, Jumatatu Poe, Olive Prince and Marion Ramirez―and percussionist Harold Smith, to connect body, mind, place and elements to stillness. Soto selects locations that respond to seasonal aspects of the landscape, taking advantage of Wave Hill’s sweeping vistas and sculptural trees. Audiences are invited to slow down and enter a state of heightened receptivity to nature. Soto’s project is Wave Hill’s 2011–2012 generated@wavehill commission, a program that provides artists the opportunity to create temporal work for the grounds. This is the third of four seasonal performances. The final one takes place on June 23.

Branch Dances is partially supported by a grant from Pennsylvania Performing Arts on Tour, a program developed and funded by The Heinz Endowments; the William Penn Foundation; the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency; and The Pew Charitable Trusts; and administered by Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation.  Matching funds have been provided by The Harkness Foundation for Dance and The Stephen and Cathy Weinroth Charitable Trust. This project is supported with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, celebrating 50 years of building strong, creative communities in New York State’s 62 counties. Sustaining support for Wave Hill is provided by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs.

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What: Spring Branch Dances & Workshop at Wave Hill

Date and Time:

• Saturday, April 21, 2PM / Opening Up the Senses/Partnering with Nature: A Workshop with Merián Soto

• Sunday, April 22, 3:30PM / Branch Dances at Wave Hill

Fees:

Program and admission to Wave Hill is free all day Sunday, thanks to the generous support of Target! The April 21 workshop is free with admission; registration is required, online at www.wavehill.org, by calling 718.549.3200 x305 or at the Perkins Visitor Center.

Contact:                Mary Weitzman at 718.549.3200 x320 or maryw@wavehill.org

                              Martha Gellens at 718.549.3200 x232 or marthag@wavehill.org

Location:               Wave Hill at West 249 Street and Independence Avenue in the Bronx, New York

Hours:                   Open all year, TuesdaySunday and many major holidays: 9am5:30pm

Admission:            $8 adults, $4 students & seniors 65+, $2 children 6–18. Free Tuesday, . Free to Members, children under 6. FreeSaturday until noon all day Sunday, April 22, thanks to the generous support of Target.                      Free all day Sunday, thanks to the generous support of Target                                                  

Directions:            Getting here is easy! Located only 30 minutes from midtown Manhattan, Wave Hill’s free shuttle van transports you to and from our front gate, Metro-North’s Riverdale station, the W. 242 St. stop on the #1 subway line, and our free offsite parking lot. Limited onsite parking; $8 per vehicle. Complete directions, shuttle schedule at www.wavehill.org.

 

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Wave Hill is a 28-acre public garden and cultural center in the Bronx overlooking the Hudson River and Palisades. Its mission is to celebrate the artistry and legacy of its gardens and landscapes, to preserve its magnificent views, and to explore human connections to the natural world through programs in horticulture, education and the arts.

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A spectacular 28-acre public garden and cultural center overlooking the Hudson River and Palisades in the Bronx, Wave Hill's vibrant landscape is one of the most beautiful spots in New York City.
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Mark Twain leased the estate from 1901-1903, setting up a treehouse parlor in the branches of a chestnut tree on the lawn. Of winter at Wave Hill he wrote, I believe we have the noblest roaring blasts here I have ever known on land; they sing their hoarse song through the big tree-tops with a splendid energy that thrills me and stirs me and uplifts me and makes me want to live always.
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Theodore Roosevelt's family rented Wave Hill during the summers of 1870 and ‘71, when the future president was a youth of 12 and 13. Teddy's time here significantly deepened his love of nature and love of the outdoors that would later prompt him to secure the preservation of millions of acres of American parkland.
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