This summer The Dysfunctional Collective turns House 8B on Nolan Park in Governor’s Island into a grab box of art, poetry, dance, theater and song. Each week new works will be offered, usually with a focus on Governors Island or New York City as a whole. Stop by weekends between 12pm – 5pm to explore the house and see photos and artwork from local artists. Have your picture snapped, hear a song, see a short play and explore the house with us.
To get to Governor’s Island you’ll need to take the ferry! For departure times and locations as well as more information about Governor’s Island visit: www.govisland.com
The Dysfunctional Collective Summer 2015 Schedule
Downtown princess and musical theater enthusiast Mel Delancey sings her favorites from the Broadway genre, personalizing each old song with personal stories, history lessons, and even sketch comedy!
Started as a joke, “The Chair Project” has turned into a larger collaboration with several people finding, photographing and naming street chairs. The chairs are always found in the wild, never manipulated and always have a story or title. The Chair Project, now in its 10th year, is the long term art project of Shana Pederson, a mixed media artist with a BFA from Hunter College. Her primary focus, in addition to chairs, is her annual “street art” projects. More info available at www.shanapedersonart.com
Parts & Labor Vintage Outfitters is husband and wife team Paul and Tina Montrone. We have a passion for everything “old” and love to take things we’ve found along the way to create something new. With a focus on vintage wheels, toys and tools, visit us for cool visual art pieces that you won’t see elsewhere. https://www.etsy.com/shop/PartsAndLaborVintage
small female will work toward a public expression of internal experience, to foster awareness and dialogue about the cyclical nature of healing and trauma. Using art installation, dance, and monologue, the piece will explore the complex relationship between one’s body, emotional feeling, and memory. Audience members are invited to take space to reflect, write, and share. Rebecca Gray Davis is a small female (4’11.5″), who has been performing and creating theatre since she stopped getting taller. To get in touch, please visit www.rebeccagraydavis.com
Blues Based, Searingly Passionate, Early 70’s FunkRockin’ Explosion From NYC Stripped down to the rawest essentials. Do the right thing! And when you do it, set it to acoustic guitar, harmonicas, and harmonies! Penetrating and truthful, Hank Coyote Wagner’s from-the-gut voice and lyrics can lovingly carry your pups and simultaneously haunt you like a howl in the dark. Partnered with multi-instrumentalist and vocalist, Rachel Grundy, and friends, Coyote Love is a small army of positive vibes, music and passion. www.coyotelovemusic.com
A paranoid rant? A schizophrenic’s tragic delusion? An internet troll’s computer-generated word salad? All of the above? NORD HAUSEN FLY ROBOT is an investigation by Gemini CollisionWorks (Ian W. Hill: Arts/Berit Johnson: Crafts) into a 54-page anonymous online comment lefton a political website that first seems nothing more than an incomprehensible, stream-of-consciousness tirade, but on repeated examination suggests a poetic, albeit confused, summary of the last 60 years of US History. Suspecting that within this text lies the seeds of a future theater work, GCW will be spending three July weekends on Governors Island – appropriate, given the writer’s obsession with the military-industrial complex – creating and refining an installation with the text itself – a kind of live hypertext annotation on the walls of the space – accompanied by a complex audio arrangement of the words and supporting sound and music. Also, twice each day, groups of actors will work with the company for an hour on possible performance strategies for the piece, reading, moving, discussing, as we see if, as suspected, there is a rich and beautiful piece of stagecraft to be found at the heart of this sad, confused, anonymous cry from the heart.
From the creators of I Shall Forget You Presently (winner – Audience Choice Award, FRIGID Festival 2014) comes Summer to Your Heart, an immersive experience based on the poetry of Edna St. Vincent Millay. Wander across the green lawn of Nolan Park to the yellow house marked 8B. Songs on the porch lead into rooms full of poetry and scenes from the life of a woman who captured love, defined feminism and shaped the 20th century.
The Paper House, An Interactive Installation presented by The Pragmatists.
What will you find in the Paper House? Pages from a nostalgic, ephemeral world. Joys and fears. Storytime and secret nooks. Imaginary friends and guiding spirits. A library of books that don’t exist. A garden of unearthly delights. A neverending tea party. A dark burrow for hiding. All of it crafted from the simple materials of our childhood – paper, paint, crayons, tape. The Pragmatists, along with a dreamy roster of visual, sound and performance artists, invite you to collaborate on bringing to life this 2-D adventure house, where, no matter your age, you can escape from the grown-up world.
Swing the summer afternoons away with The Dysfunctional Swingers featuring Emily Edwards and Jon Hoche. Enjoy watching the skills of these two veteran performers as they perform to the sounds of classic swing songs. Take part in a free basic group lesson, then put what you know to use on the open dance floor. Perfect for all levels and ages! Emily has performed swing all over the city for the past 9 years including Midsummer Night Swing at Lincoln Center, Pier 84, and Special Events at Dance Manhattan. Jon is a professional actor who has performed all over the country and is a huge swing dance enthusiast.
The art works displayed in “Amalgamation” all examine a type of transformation— what happens when a million tiny pieces come together to create an entirely new entity? What is the process of that, and what is the result? We find systems such as these throughout the world, both natural and man-made: Billions of individual cells come together to form a human being, hundreds of single starlings come together to form a dynamic cloud (also known as a murmuration), an oppressive bundle of rages are cut and sewn together to form a newly-beautiful family quilt. These are everyday occurrences, and yet it never fails that there is a sense of wonder present when one thinks about these complex systems. With “Amalgamation”, it is that sense of wonder that we seek to investigate.
Edgar Allan POE’s beloved young wife Virginia fell gravely ill in a house identical to the one you are visiting. POE descended into a hallucinatory depression. Fearing the worst for POE, his friends converged on this house to lift him out of despair by performing his greatest works in song, dance, and unavoidably macabre antics. POE’s visitors include, amongst others, Charles Dickens, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Baudelaire (Poe’s French translator), Balzac, Charlotte Bronte, and… YOU! Refreshments Served. Please Advise If You Are Taking Heart Medication.