THE CARPET SERIES:
The Carpet Series, for 5 highly trained contemporary ballet dancers, is a compact popup performance rich in detail, complexity and virtuosity. Taking place on and around a 5x8 Persian carpet, it premiered in July 2020 and has been performed more than 100 times throughout the boroughs, inviting screen-weary New Yorkers of all ages to pause and experience the beauty of live dance.
Photo: Charles Roussel
Photo: Thomas Wilson
The Carpet Series 2021 premiered on June 17, 2021, with all new choreography and some new cast members as well. Performances take place every Thursday and Sunday, sometimes with live music. 2021 schedule below, but please check our Instagram bio for the very latest on times, dates, and location.
(Subject to change, check @Pigeonwingdance Instagram for latest updates!)
6/17: McGolrick Park, Greenpoint
6/19: McCarren Park
6/24: Madison Square Park
7/3: New York Botanical Garden (2-5pm)
7/3: Pier 45, West Village (6:30pm)
7/4: New York Botanical Garden (2-5pm)
7/10: Robert Wagner Park (Battery Park City)
7/10: New York Botanical Garden (2-5pm)
7/11: New York Botanical Garden (2-5pm)
7/15: Haven Plaza, Washington Heights (12:30-2pm)
7/17: New York Botanical Garden (2-5pm)
7/18: New York Botanical Garden (2-5pm)
7/24: New York Botanical Garden (2-5pm)
7/24: Arts on Air Livestream (7:30pm)
7/25: New York Botanical Garden (2-5pm)
7/29: Tappeto Volante (Gowanus) 7:30pm
8/5: Cabrini Shrine, Hudson Heights (7-8pm)
8/26: Gantry Plaza State Park, LIC (6-7:30)
8/28: Union Square (6-7:30pm)
9/2: Greeley Square Park (5:30-6:30pm)
9/5: Astor Place (6-7:30pm)
9/12: Bennett Park
9/13: Gantry Plaza State Park, LIC.
9/16: Bryant Park (5:30-6:30pm)
9/18: Culture Lab LIC (5-6:30pm)
9/23: Greeley Square Park (5:30-6:30pm)
10/13: Ace Hotel performance indefinitely postponed due to construction
The Carpet Series 2021 is made possible in part with funding from the Upper Manhattan Empowerment Zone Development Corporation, as well as with public funds from Creative Engagement, supported by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and administered by the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council.
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ABOUT PIGEONWING DANCE:
"to cut a pigeon wing": The Dictionary of American Regional English. To execute intricate dance steps gracefully...to dance in a fancy way
Under the direction of 2020 Guggenheim Fellow Gabrielle Lamb, Pigeonwing Dance performs choreography that provokes curiosity in lovers of both crossword puzzles and cat videos. Improvisatory abandon is counterbalanced by meticulous calculation, revealing intricate architectures where fleeting moments of resolution open into new wonderings. Described by The New Yorker as “eccentric...playful...curious”, PWD has been presented by, among others, Bryant Park, the 92Y Harkness Dance Festival, and Symphony Space, where they became the first dance company commissioned by Selected Shorts.