Call her by her name: Lenape Sippu
This site-responsive performance, featuring Esther Baker-Tarpaga, Barber, Raquel Monroe, and Courtney Jones will take place at Cherry Street Pier next to Lenape Sippu—one of the Lenape names of the Delaware River, a colonial naming. This hour-long performance will explore the themes of water, reciprocity, and time. The live action event integrates dance, live music, durational performance actions, and temporary installations in the large pier space and outside next to the river. Audience members are encouraged to move through and around the space and engage with the performers.
Film: SWITCH SIGNAL is a site-responsive film rooted in the technologies of imagination and mindfulness taught by Pittsburgh’s beloved Mister Rogers. The film was shot on location at Kelly Strayhorn Theater and throughout Pittsburgh with moments in The Hill District and at the Carrie Furnaces in June 2021. Conjuring the absent presence of community during the global pandemic, this work is about listening and includes movement, marches, choreographies, music, and rites as a love letter to Pittsburgh. Through performance we simultaneously mourn what we lose in our quest for growth, while embodying hope for the future
PROPELLED ANIMALS are a collective of artists, dancers, scholars, musicians, and designers embedding innovative and provocative art in unconventional spaces. They are committed to creating work that interrogates, challenges, and attempts to dismantle the systemic "isms" of oppression. They collaborate and adapt to address the specific needs of the communities they engage. Their performances encourage efficacy of the body, resilience, and radical tenderness as strategies for self and communal empowerment. They are centered on art as social action and ritual as performance.
Photos: Courtesy of Propelled Animals, by Hailey Bruinsma, Dan Lampmann, Maeve Jackson