Adam Weinert – Community Outreach

Year: 2018-2019
DanceForce Member: Elena Mosley
Artist: Adam Weinert
Community Partners: Hudson City Library; Hudson Hall
Audience: 2,160
County: Columbia

Kuumba Dance and Drum will present the Adam Weinert Community Outreach Hudson Residency in 2018-2019. Adam Weinert is a new resident of Columbia County. His commitment to dance has been exhibited in his recent Monument work, where he paid tribute to Ted Shawn’s pilgrimage across New York State. Weinert’s installation of Augmented Reality to preserve dance performance history at museums and places of interest is also being shared across NYS, offering rich opportunities for public engagement both for its physicality and for the way the project integrates with digital technology.

Weinert’s outreach will begin in July of 2018, with Augmented Reality Technology Workshops in collaboration with community partner Hudson Area Library. Two full day workshops will introduce technology in the form of a mobile app created specifically for this project. The app will allow members of the public to view archival footage as well as documentation of the performances simply by opening the app on their mobile devices and pointing the device at specific locations on site. Film Club students will record live movement within the library. This digital display will also be open to the greater community for video submissions of their own creative responses – effectively transfiguring the Hudson Area Library into a living archive. A third workshop will engage the community in creative movement workshop. There will be a talk/film screening around the works of Ted Shawn and the more working-class elements in his choreography and how that relates to specific dynamics in Hudson. Augmented Reality experience will culminate in a community gathering, featuring an introduction and solo performance by Adam Weinert.

Hudson Hall will partner as host to three movement workshops. These workshops will follow the activities at the Hudson Area Library, opening to the public in November 2018 and connecting participants to more of Adam’s work. Family and friends will be invited to observe the last workshop. A performance during the December 1st Winter Walk will serve as a companion piece to Adam’s infusion into the Hudson community. In February 2019, Weinert will engage in a project development residency at the September Gallery in Hudson, allowing for Weinert to take his work to another level. It is the intent of the Community Outreach Project to foster new relationships and contacts for Weinert, not only in Hudson, but within Columbia County and neighboring counties.

The Adam Weinert Community Outreach Project will be the gift of the seasons, spanning from summer to winter. The summer phase will introduce teens and tweens to digital technology, marrying technology, dance and historical archiving in an unconventional setting, the library. Library patrons will experience new ways to experience learning and visualize dance through a new lens. The community will benefit from Weinert’s performance because it will be accessible to all. In the fall, Weinert’s free movement workshops will bring participants downtown to the newly opened theater at Hudson Hall, again making dance accessible in the community. Weinert’s development residency will serve as a catalyst for future experiences in the Hudson community.