Peripheral City - City or Refuge

Week-ends in May and June, 2005
Chinatown, New York City

Red Dive is Maureen Brennan- Director, Ellen Baird, Kerry Lowe and Ashley Smith

The CITY OF REFUGE walking performance-tour --part of the PERIPHERAL CITY program, a project of Creative Capital-- used dance, video installation, and street corner stories to explore New York's Chinatown neighborhood as a refuge over time for those in the pursuit of the universal human need for safety and security. Defined by its landmarks, neighborhood lore and US immigration policy, Chinatown provided an intimate setting for stories of discovery, loss and rebirth that come with a new life in America. Using both historical text and stories collected from current residents of Chinatown--actors, musicians and dancers recount these narratives and invite visitors to question one's own sense of place, while living in a world of rapid global change. This event was produced in partnership with the Museum of Chinese in the Americas and was funded by the Franklin Furnace Foundation with additional funding from Meet the Composer Foundation and the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council.  Tours covering approximately a ten block radius lasted  50 minutes and ran three times a day for 6 days (weekends in May and June 2005.)

Participating artists and performers included:  Teri Chan, Paul Clay, Joy Delp, Barraka De Soleil, Dzu Do, Jovana Djuric, Alice Jane Klugherz, Eric Jiaju Lee, Chang-Jin Lee, Sylvain LeRoux, Annie Lok, Bejamin E. Oyzon, Raul Rothblatt, Kenya Washington, Frederick Wright and Stan Yukinaga.

Student Translators:  The United Nations International School