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Pigeonwing Dance’s Carpet Series is a compact outdoor performance taking place on an 8x10 Persian carpet in parks and on sidewalks across NYC.  Showcasing the choreography of five highly trained contemporary ballet dancers, this virtuosic and intricate dance is a study in contrasts: silk with asphalt, structured choreography with improvisation, and private space in public.  Since its July 2020 premiere, The Carpet Series has been performed over 150 times in all five boroughs.  The Carpet Series has been featured in the New York Daily News and DANCE Magazine,  where critic Nancy Wozny observed, "the geometric patterns of the Persian rug echo and amplify Lamb's idiosyncratic movement vocabulary, which is both intensely intricate and unusually syncopated. "


Photo: Charles Roussel

Photo: Thomas Wilson

The Carpet Series 2022 premiered on May 17, 2022, with all new choreography and several new cast members.  Performances take place most Wednesdays and Sundays, occasionally with live music. 

2022 schedule below, but please check our Instagram bio for the very latest on times, dates, and location.


2022 Cast:

Robin Cantrell

Allegra Herman

Gabrielle Lamb

Tiffany Mangulabnan

Blue Richardson

Victoria Sames

Amy Saunder

Kailei Sin

2022 Schedule

(Subject to change, check @Pigeonwingdance Instagram for latest updates!) 

5/17: City College of NY (COVID Memorial)

5/19: Wave Hill Gardens Spring Gala

5/21: Wave Hill Gardens public popups

6/12: Gather NYC (Museum of Arts and Design @ Columbus Circle)

6/16: McGolrick Park

6/19: Union Square West

6/24: Konverjdans fundraiser at Mark Morris Dance Center.

7/6: Little Island (4:30-5:30pm)

7/10: Astor Place (6:30-8pm)

7/13: Astor Place (6:30-8pm)

7/17: Bennett Park (6:30-8pm)

7/20: Robert Wagner Park (6:30-8pm)

8/5: Governor's Island (5-5:30pm)

8/6: Governor's Island (2-2:45pm)

8/7: Snug Harbor Cultural Center (5:30-7pm)

8/10: Carl Schurz Park (6:30-8pm)

8/14: Castle Village

8/15: Inwood Art Works (Dyckman Marina 7:30-8pm)

8/21: Culture Lab Long Island City (4:00-5:30pm)

8/25: Little Island (12:30-1:30pm)

9/9: Marcus Garvey Park Amphitheater (6pm, with Higher Ground Festival) 

9/14: Riverbank Park (5:30-7pm)

9/18: St. Nicholas Park (4-5pm at the 135th Street Entrance)

9/21: Haven Plaza @ 168th Street (12:30-2pm)

9/28: Haven Plaza @ 168th Street (12:30-2pm)

10/9: Johnny Hartman Plaza @ L'Artista Italian Kitchen and Bar (5-6pm)

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"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.



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