Beach Sessions 2016. Photo by Elizabeth Holzer. Photo courtesy of Beach Sessions Dance Series.

Free admission (all visitors, all hours)


“Beach Sessions Dance Series” is proud to return to Rockaway Beach, Queens for its seventh season of free beach-front outdoor performances with a new live site-specific work by New York choreographer Moriah Evans entitled “REPOSE.” This season’s programming continues to support Beach Sessions’ commitment to presenting free public performances in the Rockaways as well as offering beachgoers and Rockaway locals a unique cultural experience at the City’s popular summertime retreat.

On Sunday, August 29th from 1pm-7pm, Evans’s “REPOSE” travels the 1.4 mile shoreline between Beach 86th Street and Beach 110th Street. “REPOSE” borrows from the social and physical choreographies inherent to the beach—from the sun-bathing bodies lying in repose, to the posturing of the self in forms of commercialized leisure sanctioned by the Parks Department that police and maintain the shoreline. By mirroring these actions, “REPOSE” both imposes on, and blends into, the beach’s elemental composition, landscape, and communities. As the work travels with an evolving cohort of 21 (or more!) dancers, the public is invited, wittingly and unwittingly, to participate. Various instructions and scores for participation will be released online and in print prior to and available on August 29th. At 6pm at Beach 110th Street, experimental musician/composer David Watson will create a new composition activating the beach through sound including live performance and processed field recordings. The beach-as-stage that “REPOSE” has made use of throughout the day will conclude with a sonic sunset.

“REPOSE” is a continuation of Evans’s ongoing research into the unseen, yet felt, world of bodily interiors (physically and emotionally) and her insistence on dance and the dancing body as mechanisms to propose new social possibilities. Considering the renewed relevance of outdoor happenings, “REPOSE” is a piece that pays tribute to the communal space of the Atlantic shore and magnifies the materiality of the individual body within this uncontainable, environmental site. The beach is a theater of the flesh. And, like a theater, it can act as a frame to renew the always already existent actions of the everyday with potential to catalyze social possibilities.