COMMUTE OF THE SPECIES: An Invasive Journey
Collaboration with the Katonah Museum of Art and MTA Metro-North Railroad
May 22, 2010 from NYC to Katonah, NY
On May 22, PAW led a pageant of invasive species that boarded a Metro-North commuter train at various stations from Grand Central Terminal to Katonah, merging upon arrival with cacophonous street procession of puppets, costumes, and sound.
Commute of the Species was commissioned as part of the Katonah Museum of Art's exhibition The Art of Contemporary Puppet Theater. The performance staged an accumulation of puppets on board a designated train to chronicle the arrival of non-native animal and plant species in the Hudson River Valley. The resulting site-specific puppetscape transformed the everyday commuter experience into an allegory of migration, habitat expansion, and unforeseen consequences – in effect, condensing 400 years of eco-history into a single one-hour train ride.
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