Building A Better Fishtrap

Building A Better Fishtrap

BUILDING A BETTER FISHTRAP is an iterative performance project rooted in the vanishing fishing tradition of choreographer Paloma McGregor’s 91-year-old father. The project examines what happens when you leave your ancestral home: What do you take with you? Leave behind? Return to reclaim?

Since 2011, Paloma has used this personal inquiry as a porthole to develop the Fishtrap Method, a creative process that explores and asserts the body’s capacity to carry place, memory and experience with it in ways that can transform objects, spaces, collaborators and audiences. The resulting artistic work has been presented in such diverse settings as an abandoned nursing home, a floating platform in the Bronx River and St. Mark’s Church.

With each iteration, the hope is to deepen the connections collaborators and audiences have with one another’s legacies and the future of our embattled water spaces.

STAY TUNED for Building a Better Fishtrap: From the River’s Mouth supported by MAP Fund. Click HERE for more information.


Contact Quarterly by Ni’Ja Whitson

InfiniteBody by Eva Yaa Asantewaa


june, 2017

28junjun 287:00 pmjun 30- 9:00 pmPlace making, Place taking, Place keepingA Works on Water Conversation7:00 pm EST 3LD Art & Technology CenterBuilding A Better Fishtrap:Fishtrap Community EngagementAngela's Pulse:Guest Appearance
5jun - 30All DayWorks on Waterfeaturing an installation from the set of Building A Better Fishtrap(All Day) EST 3LD Art & Technology CenterBuilding A Better Fishtrap:Fishtrap Showing

THANK YOU to our Building A Better Fishtrap / Part 1 CONTRIBUTORS

We are forever grateful to these supporters of our NY evening-length premiere:

Kayla Hamilton
M A Harisiadis
Sabeena Shaikh
Fabiola Torralba
Sydnie Mosley
Jill Sigman
Alex Randrup
Carolyn Hall
Hermione Malone
Maria Bauman
Marlo David
Russell Jones
Anne Timmons
Samantha Speis
Donna Costello
(Sara) Katy Mas
Candace Thompson
Charles Burwell
Dasha Chapman
Marjani Forte
Petrushka Bazin Larsen
Cynthia Oliver
Denise Lee
Marlene Ramirez-Cancio
George Walker
Gregory Tate
Liz Lerman
Christal Brown
Lisandra Ramos
Patricia Saucedo
RA Washington
Mary Suk
Amy Cassello
Jawole Zollar
Karin Boerger
Niegel Smith
Damian Griffin
Jimena Martinez
Claudette Young Hinds
John Yamada
Abigail Levine
Mendi Obadike
Kristina Boerger
Joya Powell
Patricia Smith-DeSilva
Millicent Johnnie
Tacuma Roeback
Edisa Weeks

Past Events

january 2017

7jan3:00 pmLive Artery: BUILDING A BETTER FISHTRAP/Phase 2Commissioned by Live Arts as part of the Live Feed creative residency program.3:00 pm EST New York Live Arts StudiosBuilding A Better Fishtrap:Fishtrap Showing

july 2016

1julAll DayMigrating Historiespresented by Caribbean Museum Center for the Arts(All Day: friday) EST Caribbean Museum Center for the ArtsBuilding A Better Fishtrap:Fishtrap Community Engagement,Fishtrap Showing

june 2016

18jun8:00 pmBuilding a Better Fishtrap/Phase 28:00 pm EST BAX/Brooklyn Arts ExchangeBuilding A Better Fishtrap:Fishtrap Showing
17jun8:00 pmBuilding a Better Fishtrap/Phase 28:00 pm EST BAX/Brooklyn Arts ExchangeBuilding A Better Fishtrap:Fishtrap Showing

february 2016

6feb3:00 pmBAX AIR OPEN STUDIOS IIBuilding a Better Fishtrap/Part 23:00 pm EST BAX/Brooklyn Arts ExchangeBuilding A Better Fishtrap:Fishtrap Showing

december 2015

21dec8:00 pmMemory WithholdingsCurated by Love|Fortè, A Collective (BAX Artists in Residence)8:00 pm EST BAX/Brooklyn Arts ExchangeBuilding A Better Fishtrap:Fishtrap Showing
20dec8:00 pmMemory WithholdingsCurated by Love|Fortè, A Collective (BAX Artists in Residence)8:00 pm EST BAX/Brooklyn Arts ExchangeBuilding A Better Fishtrap:Fishtrap Showing

november 2015

21novAll DayBAX OPEN STUDIO SERIESBuilding a Better Fishtrap/Part 2(All Day: saturday) EST BAX/Brooklyn Arts ExchangeBuilding A Better Fishtrap:Fishtrap Showing

october 2015

4oct1:00 pmDance on the Greenway 2015presented by Dance Theatre Etcetera1:00 pm EST Dance Theatre EtceteraBuilding A Better Fishtrap:Fishtrap Community Engagement,Fishtrap Showing

may 2015

24may8:00 pmBuilding a Better Fishtrap/Part 1New York Evening-Length Premiere8:00 pm EST BAAD! Bronx Academy of Arts & DanceBuilding A Better Fishtrap:Fishtrap Showing
23may8:00 pmBuilding a Better Fishtrap/Part 1New York Evening-Length Premiere8:00 pm EST BAAD! Bronx Academy of Arts & DanceBuilding A Better Fishtrap:Fishtrap Showing
22may8:00 pmBuilding a Better Fishtrap/Part 1New York Evening-Length Premiere8:00 pm EST BAAD! Bronx Academy of Arts & DanceBuilding A Better Fishtrap:Fishtrap Showing

january 2015

31jan1:00 pm- 4:00 pmThe Way Out is Through: Building a Better Fishtrap/Start in the MiddleNo Longer Empty Lab: Dance Performance1:00 pm - 4:00 pm EST LeRoy Neiman Art CenterBuilding A Better Fishtrap:Fishtrap Community Engagement,Fishtrap Showing
12jan2:00 pm- 4:00 pmAPAP 2015 Special African-American Female Choreographer ShowcaseCo-hosted by Camille A. Brown and Pamela Green2:00 pm - 4:00 pm EST New York City Center, Studio 4Building A Better Fishtrap:Fishtrap Showing
9jan9:00 am- 2:30 pmBronx Artists Now: Showcases & Conversationsproduced by Jane Gabriels (Director of Pepatian)9:00 am - 2:30 pm EST BAAD! Bronx Academy of Arts & DanceBuilding A Better Fishtrap:Fishtrap Showing

june 2014

24junAll Dayurban interventionspart of Encuentro: MANIFEST! Choreographing Social Movements in the Americas(All Day: tuesday) EST Square Viger in Montréal, CanadaBuilding A Better Fishtrap:Fishtrap Community Engagement,Fishtrap Showing

may 2014

3may5:00 pm- 7:00 pmDancing While Black + RE: PURPOSE5:00 pm - 7:00 pm EST FiveMylesDancing While Black:Dancing While BlackBuilding A Better Fishtrap:Fishtrap Showing

august 2013

16augAll DayWATERWASH(All Day: friday) EST WATERWASH ABC Wetland ParkBuilding A Better Fishtrap:Fishtrap Community Engagement,Fishtrap Showing

october 2012

27oct3:00 pmDraftWork: Malcolm Low and Paloma McGregor3:00 pm EST Danspace ProjectBuilding A Better Fishtrap:Fishtrap Showing

may 2012

17mayAll DayDancing While Black: Voices From The Bushpart of BAAD!'s 2012 Boogie Down Dance Festival(All Day: thursday) EST BAAD! Bronx Academy of Arts & DanceDancing While Black:Dancing While BlackBuilding A Better Fishtrap:Fishtrap Showing

april 2012

28apr1:00 pm- 7:00 pmThis Side of Paradise: Dance Here. Modernpresented by No Longer Empty1:00 pm - 7:00 pm EST Andrew Freedman HomeBuilding A Better Fishtrap:Fishtrap Community Engagement,Fishtrap Showing

 

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