October 8, 2016
Boxed-In was an improvisational movement piece based upon investigations into immigration trends and setbacks in and around NYC. The piece was conceived in response to Christina Stahr's Red Tape Labyrinth; Immigration Meditation, a site-specific participatory art installation and performance platform presented as part of Art in Odd Places 2016: RACE. Using gestural themes from Syrian and Mexican folk dance as a starting point, I found movement by meditating upon the emotional impacts of fleeing, striving, and trying to start anew. Somber yet playful, my 40 minute journey through the labyrinth was marked by struggle, exhaustion, disappointment, and drive. Red Tape Labyrinth; Immigration Meditation was staged on 14th street and 10th avenue, right below The High Line.
Photos courtesy Allison Meier for Hyperallergic, Noa Charuvi, and Paul Hunter.