The Spirit of Culture Shock

"Electric," "colorful," and "vibrant" were just three of the words visitors used to describe last Saturday's mix of creativity on the High Line as Friends of the High Line officially kicked off its 2016 programming season.

Visitors looking on as the members of Other Voices performed "How The I Becomes The We." Photo by Matthew Eisman.

Culture Shock, a one-of-a-kind celebration of spring, brought together performers from diverse genres for an unforgettable afternoon where style, rhythm, and contemporary dance shone bright.

The four-hour-long cultural experience provided music, dance, poetry, comedy, storytelling, and spoken word for visitors to experience all the way from Gansevoort Street to West 26th Street.

Mobile Mondays! with Joey Carvello and DJ Misbehaviour brought this little guy to the dance floor. Photos by Liz Ligon.

At noon, Joey Carvello and DJ Misbehaviour kicked off the festivities in the Chelsea Market Passage, spinning 45 RPM records of funky grooves, from Disco and House music to the melodic vibes of Hip-Hop and Soul tunes.

Brad Gooch, along with Paolo Javier, David Mason, Susie Ibarra, and Yusef Komunyakaa performed a fusion of poetry, autobiography, jazz, and radiophonic dance music. Photo by Matthew Eisman.

Farther up the High Line, crowds gathered around Paolo Javier, Brad Gooch, Susie Ibarra, Yusef Komunyakaa, and David Mason's fusion of poetry, music, and dance.

A young superhero in training. Photo by FHL.

Superheroes united with the members of Calling All Parties. Photos by Liz Ligon.

At West 16th Street, Calling All Parties led a group of mini superheroes on their quests to save the High Line. Of course, no superhero is complete without striking a pose for the paparazzi.

Mini superheroes in character. Photo by Liz Ligon.

And in case you missed it, here are some more of the afternoon's highlights:

Hula Hoop action on the High Line. Photo by Juan Valentin.

Daniel Goode and the Flexible Orchestra performed for the crowd near Gansevoort St. Photos by Matthew Eisman.

A contemporary dance piece by Heidi Latsky Dance drew a crowd with a provocative performance.

The members of Other Voices performed a bilingual (English and American Sign Language) piece. Photo by Matthew Eisman.

Nat Towsen's High Line Variety Hour included The Shinbone Alley Stilt Band (pictured above), Mara Wilson, The Bowery Boys, and The Bond Street Theatre. Photo by Liz Ligon.

LaTasha N. Nevada Diggs, t'ai freedom ford, Val Jeanty, and Jadele McPherson performed a music and poetry tribute to Jayne Cortez.

Nuyorican poets Caridad de la Luz, Bonafide Rojas, and Emanuel Xavier (pictured above) presented a passionate spoken word performance. Photo by Matthew Eisman.

Tony Matelli's Sleepwalker drawing a crowd. Photo by Juan Valentin.

Culture Shock is just the start of our spring programming season. Check out our full schedule of free programs and don't forget to RSVP for our High Line Tours beginning May 4.

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