Suppose you just met someone who didn't know your work. What project from the past 10 years would you direct them to as an entry point to you and your work, and why?
Tempest exemplifies my large-scale pageant style productions, which explore the politics of civic joy. Our Public Works production took as its inspiration an incredible historical moment: in 1916, fifteen hundred New Yorkers came together to create a community-based pageant inspired by Shakespeare’s Tempest. Leading up to our production, we worked intensely all year with five community partner organizations (Domestic Workers United, Fortune Society in Queens, DreamYard in the Bronx, Children’s Aid Society, and senior citizens from Brownsville Recreation Center) who made up the core ensemble. The show ultimately featured 106 Community Ensemble Members, 32 Gospel Choir Singers, 24 Ballet Dancers, 12 Mexican Folk Dancers, 10 Hip Hop Dancers, 6 Taiko drummers, 5 AEA Actors, 5 Brass Band Players, 3 Taxi Drivers, 1 ASL interpreter, and 1 bubble artist. I am always searching for a way to unite my aesthetic passions with my civic concerns, and Tempest was a manifestation of that intention.