Please note: Attendees will emailed in advance to begin check-in at 5:00 or 5:20pm. Arrive on time, as the site is a 20 minute walk through the Cemetery. The performance begins promptly at 6:00pm.
American cemeteries of the nineteenth century served a similar purpose to today’s public parks, as they once saw visitors picnicking on the grass, strolling down meandering paths, and socializing together as families. In the last century, however, these spaces have become more utilitarian in nature and often lack public engagement beyond funerals and grieving. Graveyard Shift, a collaboration between Green-Wood and Pioneer Works, proposes a new way of interacting with the space of the Cemetery by activating it through sight, sound, and movement.
A Body in a Cemetery is a new place-inspired performance conceived by internationally acclaimed artist Eiko Otake. It is presented as part of this year’s Graveyard Shift series.
From the artist: I have no intention to offer a theatrical production. My performance announcement is my promise to be there and to offer my body for a duration of time, together with other visitors. My lone body will mark the place and the time when audiences can gather to meditate on how landscapes hold not only the deaths of people throughout history, but also the flow of constant lives and deaths of all species. We will observe the Cemetery carefully and actively so we can hear the transformation of lives and deaths.
Tickets at event website.
Eiko Otake, Jacob’s Pillow, July 21, 2017. Photo by William Johnston.