WASHINGTON - On the evening of July 15, 2015, two high-rise construction cranes will come to life in a synchronized motion. Dance of the Cranes will consist of a choreographed dance performed by real crane operators in two two high-rise construction cranes towering over the streets of NW Washington, D.C.
At dusk, the cranes will slowly begin to pivot, rotate and sway in harmonized movement, each crane performing the same delicate motion hundreds of feet above the viewers on the sidewalks and in Milian Park below. As the performance progresses, the accompanying ambient music will echo through the surrounding streets, creating the sensation that the entire city is the stage for this complex performance and immersing the audience within the surrounding environment. Repurposing these utilitarian machines as the star performers in a delicate dance creates the opportunity to engage the audience and connect them to the city.
Dance of the Cranes, presented by Capital Fringe at the 10th Annual Fringe Festival. Chorographer/Artistic Director: Brandon Vickerd
Crane operators Jose Ortiz,
South Crane and Glenwood Williams, North Crane
Gould Property, Oxford Property, Clark Construction and Miller and Long
600 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
Optimum viewing from Milian Park (499 Massachusetts Ave., NW)
Wednesday, July 15, 2015 at 8:15 p.m. sharp
Rain date is Thursday, July 16, 2015
The dance will last approximately 45 minutes
About Brandon Vickerd
Brandon Vickerd is a Toronto, Canada based artist and Professor in the Visual Arts Department at York University. In the past several years his exhibited projects have been diverse in form and content, including site-specific interventions, public performances and object based sculpture. His public art projects deliberately do not reveal themselves as art, but seek to insert an anomaly into the viewer's experience of the everyday. Purposely diverse, his work straddles the line between high and low culture, acting as a catalyst for critical thought and creating the opportunity for a communal artistic experience shared by a huge number of people. BrandonVickerd.com
About Capital Fringe
Capital Fringe creates innovative presenting opportunities for exploratory artists and adventurous audiences at its year-round headquarters at 1358 Florida Ave in NE DC. Complete with an onsite art bar, Capital Fringe is a destination for conversation, art and community.
Capital Fringe's mission is to present the work of innovative performing artists; energize and expand audiences through dynamic accessible programming; serve DC-area artists by providing career-building opportunities; and create sustaining year-round outlets for experimental performance in the Nations Capitol.
Capital Fringe is made possible by: The Reva and David Logan Foundation, DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, Dallas Morse Coors Foundation, The Max and Victoria Dreyfus Foundation, Prince Charitable Trust, Morris & Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation, Weissburg Foundation, Share Fund of the Community Foundation for the National Capital Region, MARPAT Foundation, DC Public Library Foundation, PNC Bank, Tenleytown Trash, Fringe Board of Directors and the Fringe Family of Donors.