Jody Sperling/Time Lapse Dance and The Columbus-Amsterdam BID join forces to present the Amsterdam Eco/Arts Festival on the Open Boulevards at Amsterdam Avenue between 109-110th Streets on Saturday, September 18th, from noon-6:30pm.
Celebrate Park(ING) Day, an annual global event where people transform spaces normally inhabited by cars into public places for people with dance and music performances, a community planting, poetry, participatory art, Karate and Zumba workshops for all ages, family games, and more.
At 3pm Jody Sperling/Time Lapse Dance (TLD) presents new ecologically-centered “Plastic Harvest,” a collaboration between choreographer Jody Sperling and composer Matthew Burtner, investigating plastic pollution. Radically transformed by costuming fashioned from hundreds of plastic bags, the dancers (Anika Hunter, Maki Kitahara, and Andrea Trager) appear as plastic creatures foraging and frolicking in their street habitat. Also see excerpts of other works including “Arboreal Entanglement,” exploring the relationship between people and trees, and “Bunhead’s Back,” about what it’s like to feel different and other interdisciplinary performances.
Throughout the day, All Street Journal provides participatory socially-conscious muralling for children. Harmony by Karate offers a family workshop (1:30pm) and Marianel Marquez of BeFitNYC offers a free Zumba class (4pm).