Video: First High Line-Commissioned Dance Performance

Very soon, we'll announce the High Line's 2011 spring and summer calendar, full of free and low-cost events for people of all ages. To give you a taste of what kinds of special events you can expect, here's a new video highlighting one of our favorites from last year—our very first commissioned dance performance at the High Line.

Spanning four days during the transition between summer and fall, and offered for free to park visitors, Autumn Crossing featured artist Naomi Goldberg Haas, her dance company, Dances For A Variable Population, and older adults from Hudson Guild, a multi-service community center serving Chelsea residents.

Autumn Crossing celebrated the arrival of fall in New York City, the joy of dance, and the community surrounding the High Line. Seeking to erase some of dance's traditional boundaries, the piece deliberately mixed women of all ages and body types, exploring how seemingly disparate groups can learn from each another through the nature of expressive movement.

As the video shows, the dance had a special way of engaging people from all walks of life. We think the High Line, being an inspiration for New Yorkers and visitors from around the world, is the perfect venue for these kinds of integrated performances.

Stay tuned for details about performances, workshops, and other free and low-cost events in the coming months.

Autumn Crossing was made possible in part with public funds from the Manhattan Community Arts Fund, supported by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, and the Fund for Creative Communities, supported by the New York State Council on the Arts, a state agency, and administered by the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council.

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