PUSH Dance Company Presents POINT SHIPYARD PROJECT at MoAD, 3/29-30

The complexities of the ongoing and historic cleanup of the toxic Hunters Point Naval Shipyard takes center stage as PUSH Dance Company returns to the Museum of the African Diaspora (MoAD) for the premiere of a dance installation involving athletic movement, music, spoken word and digital video. Point Shipyard Project examines the complexities of living within proximity to the Navy Shipyard's toxic Superfund site and the plans for environmental mitigation at that site. Simpson, who was featured as visiting scholar and guest choreographer at Sacramento State University and recently toured with her group to Ferst Center at Georgia Tech in Atlanta, will once again collaborate with 3rd St Youth Center & Clinic, a community partnership that has lasted since 2008 to produce such works as Mixed Messages and Something Leftover From the Last. Performances will be given Saturday, March 29th, at 1 pm and 3pm.; andSunday, March 30th, at 1 pm and 3pm.


The dance installation will use the state-of-the-art facility and staircase of the MoAD into a vibrant performance space, and MoAD is located at 685 Mission Street, in San Francisco. For more information, visitwww.pushdance.org .

What will Bayview/Hunters Point look like beyond 2024? How will the demographics shift in the historically African American neighborhood? Point Shipyard Project's experimental approach will foster artistic development for collaborating artists and dancers, while providing a platform for each participant and partner to discover more about their own personal and cultural histories. Many of the 3rd St youth take pride in their neighborhood and hope to be positive influences in its future development, while being simultaneously impacted by the ongoing displacement of families and low-income residents of Bayview/Hunters Point through the gentrification process. According to Time Magazine, over 60% of people of color live next to a toxic waste site; a statistic clearly evident in several of the region's communities: Richmond, West Oakland, and Bayview/Hunters Point. Through the performance inquiry of environmental racism and gentrification, PUSH will uncover testimonials from Bayview/Hunters Point youth rarely expressed in a public arena. Point Shipyard Project facilitates a frank discourse on race relations within the context of a powerful, multi-disciplinary rendering of a very complex and timely social issue.

Tickets for the 2014 PUSH Dance Company performances of Point Shipyard Project are priced $25 general admission, $20 advance, $10 SeniorStudentMoAD Member and may be purchased athttp://push.eventbrite.com or visit www.pushdance.org for more information.




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