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Clean Labor with Brendan Fernandes at the Wythe Hotel
March 5 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm| Free
Created by artist Brendan Fernandes, Clean Labor is a contemporary dance performance that make visible what is too often overlooked — the work of hospitality workers and cleaning professionals whose contributions ensure that our homes, offices, schools, hotels, and public spaces are safe, clean, and livable.
1-2 | Main performance staged throughout three Wythe Hotel rooms
2-4 | Second performance + closing reception and book-signing at The Ides Rooftop Bar
About the Performances
On Sunday, March 5, Clean Labor will be performed at the Wythe Hotel in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. The performances will take place in numerous rooms throughout the Wythe as well as in the Ides Rooftop Bar. The artist is collaborating with members of the housekeeping staff at the hotel to design an original, contemporary dance inspired by the movements and routines involved in their work. The resulting performance explores the similarities between the graceful and methodical movements of maintenance and those of dance, establishing a dialogue between the two, physically demanding professions and making us all more aware of how our bodies shape and are shaped by the work we do.
Throughout the performances, movement artists will engage with and activate the spaces of numerous occupied hotel rooms, shared spaces of the Wythe Hotel by reproducing the gestures of maintenance professionals within the lexicon of contemporary dance. In the hotel itself cleaning and maintenance will go on as usual both with cleaner and her/his dancer shadow. Accompanying them will be the tools of the trade such as brooms, mops, trash cans, and sanitizers contained within stylized janitorial carts that will function as a sculptural element embedded within the performance. While the piece will be rehearsed and scored, the live performance will rely on improvised movements inspired by the spatial elements of each site’s floor plan composed of numerous and interlocking corridors, galleries, cafes, bed quarters, and lounges.
The performance is free and open to the public, but RSVPs are required. You can RSVP at Eventbrite