A site-specific Flashmob inspired dance event at the Flatiron building, NYC
The work is based on an iconic image from an early 1900’s legend regarding the Flatiron building. It is said that the buildings triangular shape created specific wind currents. These gusts of winds would blow women’s skirts revealing their legs as they passed by. Such an occurrence caused men to loiter and watch, finding fascination with the bare legs of a women, seldom exposed at that time. Local Authorities would shout, 23 Skidoo, as a code word for telling the men to scatter, stop their gazing. Abstracting & exaggerating the representation of this image, the research is derived from how an architectural structure can inform a movement vocabulary. This research also is concerned with a historical transformation between the relationship of men and woman over the past 110 years. This first part was is created for the theatre as part of NYFA's Bootstrap Festival, performed at Joyce Soho. It was a sold out show!
Costumes will be sponsored by a local designer, fashioned with a dated look of black & white, yet with a contemporary feel. The costumes will be fundamental in making the old meets new image come alive.
Exploring the root of site-specific performance while celebrating a space and a building. We recall a historical context for a building symbolic of a city which celebrates the arts. Bringing contemporary dance to a larger audience as a public art event.
2012, the 110th anniversary of the building