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Arteries of a Nation

Andre M Zachery

Mar 2012

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Event Time:
Jul 21, 2013
Posted on:
July 8, 2013

At 7:30pm on July 21, 2013, Brooklyn-based dance company Renegade Performance Group (RPG) will transform Brooklyn Bridge Park with their interactive performance of “Arteries of a Nation,” intended to immerse audience members within the deeper historical context of the Civil War.

In this latest project by RPG Artistic Director, André M. Zachery (choreographer) and collaborators Charles Vincent Burwell (composer) and Brook Stephenson (writer) will create a multi-disciplinary site-specific performance examining the legacies from three events of the American Civil War in July 1863: the Battle of Gettysburg, the New York City Draft Riots and the 54th Massachusetts Colored Regiment attack on Fort Wagner. The troupe’s immersive artistic performance will start at Squibb Playground (entrance on Columbian Heights & Midgah Street) and culminate on Pier 1, under a backdrop of spectacular panoramic views of the Manhattan waterfront.

In honor of the 150th Anniversary of the three Civil War events, “Arteries of a Nation” investigates a quintessential era in the United States and presents a site-specific work, grounded upon the practice of equality for all to engage in, and a discourse to re-examine this historic time.

The purpose of placing the work outdoors and in the public domain is to enable viewers to experience the physical and emotional dynamics of the period, as performers occupy a space that was once a Civil War hot zone. The Brooklyn bank of the East River was a landing point for citizens fleeing the horrors of the New York City riots, as well as the launching point for soldiers and sailors fighting in the Union Army.

Over 150 years ago, when Americans were fighting one another in the Civil War, the freedom of African men and women held in bondage was at stake, as was the preservation of a Nation built on ideals expressed and forged in the original Declaration of Independence. Arteries of a Nation” tackles the violent themes prevalent in the era, examines the horrors of the bloody battles, and address the issues subsequently shaping America’s emerging identity. 

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