WE Walk: Streets for Connection

Thursday, September 17 from 2-6pm
Open Streets, West End Avenue (bet 88-93)

WE Walk


2:30-3pm – Tai Chi EasyTM /Qigong –  Good Energy Movement & Wellness (88th/89th Sts)
3-3:30pm – Jody Sperling/Time Lapse Dance – Plastic Harvest excerpts (91/92)
3:30-4pm – jill sigman/thinkdance – ground | gradient | people | sky (an improvisation to reclaim outdoor space) (89/90)
4-4:30pm – Met Orchestra musicians string quartet (91/92)
4:30-5pm -Tai Chi EasyTM /Qigong – Good Energy Movement & Wellness (88/89)
5-5:30pm -Jody Sperling/Time Lapse Dance – Plastic Harvest excerpts (91/92)

*exact times subject to change


PARK(ing) Day is an annual international event where artists and activists temporarily transform curbside parking spots into public spaces. This year, Time Lapse Dance is teaming up with a diverse group of partners to transform, not just the parking spaces, but several blocks of West End Avenue (between 88th and 92nd Streets) for socially-distant site activations including dance and music performances, a pop-up park, chalk-art, mask-making, streetscape visioning projects, and civic engagements.

For the occasion, Jody Sperling/Time Lapse Dance presents excerpts of Plastic Harvest, a new work themed around plastic pollution. In costumes fashioned from plastic bags, each of the dancers inhabits a world of her own creation. One dancer takes a bath in a hundred plastic bags filling a large cardboard tub. Another, glides in a plastic-bag kimono enacting a transformative ritual. The dancers also take turns scootering around West End Avenue, serving up fantastical plastic antics. Cellist N. Scott Johnson accompanies.

WE Walk, further provides the opportunity for a new collaboration between Time Lapse Dance and musicians from The Metropolitan Orchestra. A string quartet will play folk dance-inspired repertory as the dancers improvise to activate the streetscape.

Other WE Walk events include more improvisation from jill sigman/thinkdance and socially-dstanced Tai Chi EasyTM /Qigong lessons provided by Good Energy Movement & Wellness.

Activities and stations will be dispersed to allow for safe physical distancing but will be connected with a common goal–celebrating streets for people and communities. We need to collectively envision new ways to adapt our street infrastructure and public spaces to promote health, vibrancy and equity.

Partners for WE Walk include: The American Society of Landscape Architects, New York Chapter (ASLA/NY), Streetopia UWS, Community Board 7, CB7 Broadway Task Force
NYC Public Design Commission, APA-NYM, West 80s Neighborhood Association,
Met Orchestra Musicians, Markers for Democracy, D3 Green Schools,  Good Energy Movement & Wellness, Love Your Street Tree, Open Hearts Initiative?, The All Street Journal, Jill Sigman/Thinkdance, The Center at West Park, Bar Crawl Radio, OneBlock, and others.

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