Written & Directed by Jimmy Maize
Composed by Heather Christian
Choreographed by Wendy Seyb
Co-comissioned by Arts Brookfield and the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council
HARBORED interweaves oral histories, archived material, historical fiction, poetry, music and dance to survey two centuries of immigration tales and reveal how the American Dream both delivers and fails on its promises. Visionary director Jimmy Maize and genre-bending choreographer Wendy Seyb team up with “Downtown Innovator to Watch” Heather Christian for a site-specific tour de force that marks a bold return to En Garde Arts’ roots in civic spectacle.
With an ensemble of over fifty performers, including Trinity Church’s Downtown Voices choir and the Mama Foundation’s “Wednesday Sings!” choir from Harlem, HARBORED transforms the Winter Garden at Brookfield Place into the immersive environments of the uncharted Americahn West and the bygone urban landscapes of 20th Century New York City.
Beginning at 12:00 pm on performance days, shoppers, tourists and passersby will have the opportunity to step into a special phone booth within Brookfield Place and tell an interviewer their immigration stories. These testimonials will be incorporated into the HARBORED performances just hours later, evoking new meanings in the piece and celebrating America as a complex and interconnected land.