Cross cultural sharing adds enjoyment as Aalokan performs its Classical Indian dance forms.
Photo by Tequila Minsky
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Bristling from hunkered-down cabin fever, this past weekend’s prelude to summer provided New Yorkers perfection for emerging. Community and family fun included the Whoop Dee Doo performance in the Lower East Side’s Garden of the Humanities on E. 4th St., this past Saturday.
Whoop Dee Doo artists, working in collaboration with local students and community members, founders of Garden of the Humanitarians, and the South Asian dance company Aalokam staged a series of short performances, ever changing as the sun went down.
The event, organized through Whoop Dee Doo’s residency in Artists Alliance’s LES Studio Program included innovative Classical Indian dance with Aalokan. The inventive immersive set—a giant oversized sink built by the artists and local students provided the backdrop.
Meanwhile, on East First Street, in more conventional outdoor engagement, Pinky’s Space, which encourages people to make art by offering art materials, provided patrons and passersby with jamming jazz, keyboard and drums, at one end of its sheltered outdoor street eating area.