Murmurations is a collective puppetry performance in public space where humans of all ages are invited to shed their human bodies and become a murmuration of plastic bottle fish. Puppets, sound and movement will transform Battery Park City into a seascape of androgenous oysters, stunning sturgeon and captivating cetaceans. Inspired by the impact of climate change and plastic pollution in the ocean, the puppets of this performance are crafted of plastic waste removed from New York City waterways and beaches. The practice that informs Murmurations is rooted in Bread and Puppet pageantry, carnival, circus parade, and direct action where large performing objects activate public spaces with collective action. The performance is composed of two movements. The first movement will occur in the grass lawn of Teardrop Park. Here, participants will learn the puppetry art of fish murmuration. The second movement will begin as the murmuration parades to Rockefeller Park. There, giant puppets inspired by biodiversity of New York Harbor will join the murmuration, creating a cacophonous confluence of city and sea, a puppet poem that seeks a new relationship to our blue planet. Those who wish to participate in Murmurations are invited to gather at 2pm. Please note that participants will move together in a close group. All are welcome to enjoy the performance at 3pm.

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Date: 06/12/2022

Time: 2:00 pm

Cost: Free

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