Established in 1838, Green-Wood was planned as the final resting place for New York’s elite, a park-like predecessor to Central Park and an outdoor sculpture garden predating the Metropolitan Museum. Yet beneath its beauty of marble statues and tree groves are dark secrets…
~ Atlas Obscura
Crossing Over: A Performance Adventure In Green-Wood Cemetery
Green-Wood Cemetery Hosts a BEAT Special Event
that Combines History, Mystery and
With tours by Atlas Obscura, and Site-Specific Performances Created By Elisabet Torras Aguilera, LEIMAY: Shige Moriya & Ximena Garnica, Shirel Jones, and Sophia Schrank
Crossing Over | SOLD OUT
(Please sign-up for our stand-by list by clicking here)
Fri & Sat, Sept 12 & 13 | $35
Tours begin: 7:30pm, 7:50pm, 8:10pm, 8:30pm
Green-Wood Cemetery | 500 25th St
Crossing Over is a nighttime tour of Green-Wood Cemetery featuring four site-specific dance performances, each uniquely created by a distinctive Brooklyn-based choreographer to celebrate the now, with history and place as the stunning backdrop. These dramatic performances will coincide with a journey though Green-Wood led by Atlas Obscura, tour-guide to the world’s most wondrous places. The expedition and performances will highlight tombs from New York’s remarkable performing arts history, and conclude within the cemetery’s hallowed catacombs.
Each Crossing Over tour lasts approximately 2 hours and may be hilly and strenuous; wear comfortable shoes. Also, these performances are rain or shine.
NOTE: ALL TICKETS TO CROSSING OVER ARE SOLD OUT. We are developing a stand-by list, as tickets may become available between now and the performance. Please click here to add yourself to our stand-by list. Or, please arrive at Green-Wood to join our stand-by line at 7:15pm on both Friday, Sept 12th & Saturday, Sept 13th in case we have no-shows (the stand-by line does not guarantee entry into the performance).
ALSO: All Crossing Over artists will be performing as part of BEAT Opening Night on Thurs, Sept 11 (FREE). To learn more and RSVP, please click here.
Who Are the Artists?
In an age where everything seems to have been explored and there is nothing new to be found, we celebrate a different way of looking at the world. If you’re searching for miniature cities, glass flowers, books bound in human skin, gigantic flaming holes in the ground, bone churches, balancing pagodas or homes built entirely out of paper, the Atlas Obscura is where you’ll find them.
Elisabet Torras Aguilera
Elisabet Torras Aguilera was born and raised in Barcelona where she studied Flamenco and Danza Española, and then continued her studies in Madrid. She has toured Spain and China, and is now a performer at Alegrias la Nacional and other NYC stages. For Crossing Over, she will perform a Martinete, one of the least happy palo’s (styles) in Flamenco. The work will explore a historical relation with the work in the forge, the compás structure is often beaten out with a hammer on an anvil. Hence its name, a type of hammer. The gypsy forges in the Seville-Jerez-Cadiz triangle were hotbeds of these time-honored cantes. Martinete performed by dancer Elisabet Torras Aguilera, singer Ismael de la Rosa and percussionist Jose Moreno.
Rooted in the body, LEIMAY: Ximena Garnica and Shige Moriya creates performances that juxtapose sound, video, light and movement to create multi-sensory experiences of wild physicality and meditative stillness. For Crossing Over, LEIMAY will celebrate life and death with a new work, Thresholds, created specially for the mausoleums at Green-Wood. Thresholds explores the fragility and resilience of life through a rising and falling dance at the threshold of death.
Born in Trinidad and raised in Brooklyn, Shirel Jones has taught ballet, contemporary jazz, modern dance, and creative movement at schools across the U.S. and overseas. Her Crossing Over performance, “Phoenix: Episode 1,” reflects the cycle of who we were, are, and will be. Like the Phoenix we are cyclically reborn, entering each moment with only the knowledge of times before and predictions for the next.
Sophia Schrank is a writer, director, choreographer and photographer. In addition to creating new theatrical work, she is pursuing her teaching credentials in Vinyasa Yoga. In her Crossing Over show, “Somnambulists’ Tango,” a jester looks for a new act, a wayfaring traveller falls in love with a ghost, and a manic phantom struggles with a memory that escaped her. Presented through eccentric choreography and set in Niblo’s dream-awakening garden, “Somnambulists’ Tango” tells of passionate longing amongst quiet souls. Created by Sophia Schrank; Choreography: Sophia Schrank, Nico Mazza; Tango choreography: Nico Mazza; Performers: Michael Cusimano, Chloe Markewic.
What Is Green-Wood Cemetery?
Founded in 1838 and now a National Historic Landmark, Green-Wood was one of the first rural cemeteries in America. Green-Wood is 478 spectacular acres of hills, valleys, glacial ponds and paths, throughout which exists one of the largest outdoor collections of 19th- and 20th-century statuary and mausoleums. Its 560,000 permanent residents include Leonard Bernstein, Boss Tweed, Charles Ebbets, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Louis Comfort Tiffany, Horace Greeley, Civil War generals, baseball legends, politicians, artists, entertainers and inventors.
Photo Credits: LEIMAY, Piotr Redlinski; Shirel Jones, Tamika Hernandez; Sophia Schrank, Ira Schrank