High Line Live! The Sleeping Beauty on the High Line

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Author: 
Kate Lindquist
This special High Line Live! performance turned the High Line at Little West 13th Street into an open theater at sunset. Photo by Julienne Schaer
 

This week we kicked off High Line Live! – our new program series that brings live theater, performance, and music to the park, thanks to the generous support of MetLife Foundation. More than 150 people joined us on Thursday, June 7 for the Hudson Guild Theater Company debut of their new production, The Sleeping Beauty on the High Line, a contemporary dance adaptation of Tchaikovsky’s classic The Sleeping Beauty. The performance coincided with the first anniversary of the opening of Section 2, making it an extra special occasion to gather with some of our closest neighbors.

Matthew Westerby choreographed the modern dance piece, which featured dancers of all ages and experience levels – many from our own community. The performance was produced by Jim Furlong, Director of Arts at Hudson Guild, a multi-service community center serving those who live, work, or go to school in Chelsea, with a focus on those in need. The Sleeping Beauty is one of many public programs we’ve presented at the High Line in partnership with Hudson Guild.

Join us after the jump to see more photos from The Sleeping Beauty on the High Line.

Matthew Westerby (far left), the performers and crew of Hudson Guild Theater Company, and The Sleeping Beauty on the High Line producer, and Hudson Guild Director of Arts, Jim Furlong (far right). Photo by Julienne Schaer
 
A few friendly faces from the evening’s audience. Photo by Julienne Schaer
 
Danya Sherman, our Director of Public Programs, Education & Community Engagement, greets the audience to kick-off the performance. Photo by Julienne Schaer
 
The Lilac Fairy, or good fairy, tries to protect the Sleeping Beauty by watching over her. Photo by Julienne Schaer
   
The performance captured the imagination of the audience and showed us how the High Line can become an innovative stage for live theater and dance. Photo by Julienne Schaer
 
In the foreground, Sleeping Beauty’s parents (far left) watch over the celebration. Photo by Julienne Schaer
 
Hudson Guild Theater Company brings together aspiring performers to dance and act alongside seasoned professionals. Here, some of the evening’s youngest performers parade a flower chain around the stage. Photo by Julienne Schaer
 
The Lilac Fairy leads the Prince to Sleeping Beauty. Photo by Julienne Schaer
 
Sleeping Beauty awakes and she and the Prince rejoice. Photo by Julienne Schaer
 
Guest appearances of Goldilocks, Little Red Riding Hood, and Puss-in-Boots turned up for the wedding of Sleeping Beauty to the Prince. Photo by Julienne Schaer
 
The end of a great performance. Photo by Julienne Schaer
 

High Line Live! continues this week with Step to the High Line – a four-day festival of step performances celebrating the power and energy of our city’s youth. Later this month, the High Line Live! series continues with ¡Arriba! – sunset dance party featuring live salsa music by some of the city’s best Latin performers. Sign up for our email newsletter, like us on Facebook, or follow @highlinenyc on Twitter to stay connected.