PARK(ing) day

Sarah and Shula perform a site-specific installation of Hammock for Parking Day at ArtisphereLast Friday, Sarah and Shula took to the streets with a Hammock! The site-specific installation which took place in front of Artisphere in Arlington, Virginia, was a part of PARK(ing) Day, an annual open-source global event where citizens, artists and activists collaborate to temporarily transform metered parking spaces into “PARK(ing)” spaces: temporary public places. It was the perfect opportunity to continue exploring themes of rest and restlessness that came up during the premiere of Hammock at the Kennedy Center the week before. (You can read a preview of that performance in the Washington City Paper here).

Here’s a smattering of photos that I took while watching the dancers interact with passersby and find moments of rest in the midst of rush hour in Downtown Arlington. Special thanks to our friends at Artisphere for inviting us to be part of their day-long PARK(ing) Day celebration (which including converting two of their own parking spaces into mini-parks with comfy chairs, tables, and bowls of fruit!)

Parking Day at Artisphere

Sarah and Shula perform a site-specific installation of Hammock for Parking Day at Artisphere

Sarah and Shula perform a site-specific installation of Hammock for Parking Day at Artisphere

Sarah and Shula performing a site-specific installation of Hammock at Artisphere for Parking Day

Sarah performing a site-specific installation of Hammock at Artisphere for Parking Day

Shula performing a site-specific installation of Hammock at Artisphere for Parking Day

Want to learn more about Hammock installations and how to bring one to where you work/live/create/perform? Contact partnerships@danceexchange.org.

About Emily Macel Theys

Emily (Communications and Development Director) joined the administrative team at the Dance Exchange in January 2010. Born and raised in Pittsburgh, PA, Emily received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Allegheny College, and her Master of Fine Arts degree from Sarah Lawrence College. Formerly the associate editor at Dance Magazine, Emily’s dance writing has been published in Dance Magazine, Dance Spirit, Dance Teacher, and the Washington Post among others. She is also an avid baker.