Autumn Crossing From the High Line: Historic Rail Track is Unusual Community Space

High Line Park Image by Katherine McDaniel

High Line Park
Image by Katherine McDaniel

The High Line is a public park and garden space on the West Side of Manhattan. Founded in 1999 by community residents, it is owned by the City of New York and was built on an historic freight rail line elevated above the streets. A few years ago it was threatened with demolition and groups from the community banded together to save it.

On Wednesday, September 29, 2010, Friends of the High Line presented Autumn Crossing by dance artist Naomi Goldberg Haas. The free, open-air event combined the talents of her dance company, Dances For A Variable Population, with those of senior citizens from Hudson Guild, which provides a place for senior adults in the Chelsea Community. The results are quite beautiful, a celebration of the beauty and resilience of the human body. The piece is intended to welcome the Fall season, perhaps in life as well as in New York City and contains a great deal of joy and contemplation on the connectedness of humanity. Part of its goal is to invoke natural movement that eases and crosses the boundaries between dancers and non-dancers and to encourage the two groups to learn from one another. Synkroniciti is extremely inspired by this and we hope you will be too!

Video via Friends of the High Line on Youtube.

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