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 photo by Alex Escalante
       
     
       
     
 photo by Alex Escalante
       
     

photo by Alex Escalante

 photo by Alex Escalante
       
     

photo by Alex Escalante

 photo by Alex Escalante
       
     

photo by Alex Escalante

 photo by Alex Escalante
       
     

photo by Alex Escalante

       
     
this place with the pretty-sounding name (2015)

this place with the pretty-sounding name (2015)

Length: 15 minutes

Venue: Work Up Emerging Artist Series at Gibney Dance

Choreography, Performance, Sound Design: Alyssa Gersony

Outside Eye: Carmen Scott

Music Credit: Sound sampled from: Unforgotton: 25 Years After Willowbrook, directed by Jack Fisher in 1996, and Willowbrook: The Last Great Disgrace produced by Albert T. Primo and Geraldo Rivera on ABC in 1972.

About: The work’s primary influences include personal and historical accounts of the tenure (1947-1987) and subsequent deinstitutionalization of the Willowbrook State School, a state-supported live-in facility for children with disabilities located in the Willowbrook neighborhood on Staten Island. The themes of violence, memory, anonymity, and states of consciousness helped shape the physical rigor and research of the piece. The work is layered with sounds from everyday life – laughter, whispers, and private spaces. It features stories from Geraldo Rivera and family members of individuals admitted to Willowbrook. The final work is a palimpsest of stories, sounds, bodies, politics and events: an exploration of our relationship to otherness.