Prof. May Joseph's Harmattan Theater in a performance of "Far Rockaway"

8:30 PM


September 14, 2pm, at Rockaway Park, Beach 116. 

FAR ROCKAWAY

Hurricane Sandy destroyed much of New York’s coastline. Many communities continue to reel from the after shock of the unprecedented storm surge. Harmattan’s performance Far Rockaway is a communal reclamation of a neighborhood vulnerable to the sea. 

Directed by
May Joseph
 
SITE INFO: MEET AT F LIGHT 587 PARK MEMORIAL AT 12
NOON. FREE AND OPEN  TO PUBLIC. 
May Joseph 
(Artistic Director of the Harmattan Theater and Professor of Social Science & Cultural Studies)
Tanzanian born Joseph is the Founder of the environmental collective Harmattan Theater.  Joseph has dramaturged and directed Harmattan’s site specific outdoor productions, exploring the history of New York City through architecture, design and environmentalism.  Islands, the Hudson River, riverscapes, ocean currents, sea walls, buried rivers, wetlands, bridges, and the impact of water across global urban environments are Joseph’s areas of interest.  Joseph has created large scale public performances on Governors Island, numerous piers in Manhattan including Christopher Street, as well as along Fourteenth Street in Manhattan.  Joseph’s artistic work includes cities in India, where she made a short film about the Yamuna River in Delhi, and is working on a site specific performance along the Fort Cochin seawall.
Joseph trained in Directing and Playwrighting at U.C. Santa Barbara’s Department of Theatre and Dance where she received a PhD in Theater. Joseph’s directorial interests lie in bringing together ritual, movement, mime, voice, images and text into dialogue with shorelines, rivers and cities.  Trained as a Bharata Natyam dancer, Joseph’s work draws upon the Indian environmental dance theater traditions of the Jatra, Chautu Nadagam and Indian street theater movements, Kalaripayyati, Kathakali, Kyogen and the experimental techniques of Arianne Mnouchkine and Christo.  Joseph is the author of Nomadic Identities and Co-Editor of Performing Hybridity, City Corps, Body Work and New Hybrid Identities.  She teaches theater, film and visual culture at Pratt Institute, New York. www.mayjoseph.com 






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