Join the Olana Partnership and Site-Specific Dances at Olana State Historic Site for a day of dance, distributed throughout Olana’s 250 acres of artist-designed landscape. Pack a picnic and spend the day exploring pop-up performances across the site or enjoy a summer evening at the sunset finale performance.
Site-Specific Dances, led by choreographer Michael Spencer Phillips and architect Dino Kiratzidis, will stage a series of dance pieces throughout Olana’s landscape. These performances are a result of conversations with art historians and developed specifically for Church’s designed landscape, highlighting the artist’s compositions, the site’s contemporary ecology, and the legacy of Olana and its protected viewshed.
Prior to June 17th, a series of community dance workshops will be offered. Participants of the workshops will be invited to join in the final performance, staged at sunset on June 17th at 8:15 p.m. Everyone can dance and everyone is invited. This is a community-based dance and movement class for participants of all ages and abilities. The free workshops are scheduled for Saturday, June 10th at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m with artistic director of Site-Specific Dances, choreographer Michael Spencer Phillips, at the Wagon House Education Center.
Each one-hour workshop will bring community members together for an introduction to modern dance and the opportunity to learn choreography for performances at Olana State Historic Site on June 17th. The culminating on-site performance, “Unfolding Olana”, will take place at Olana on June 17th from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. with a community sunset performance at 8:15 p.m.