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Greenway Conservancy Releases Request for Qualifications for 2023 Site-Specific Dance Series The Greenway Dance Series is presented by Amazon August 19, 2022 – Boston, MA – The Rose Kennedy Greenway Conservancy today announced the request for qualifications process for a new site-specific dance series to debut in fall of 2023. The Greenway Conservancy is partnering with Boston-based choreographer/director Peter DiMuro on a major new dance project that will develop, present, and document four site-specific works by local choreographers of diverse ages, races, ethnicities, and dance genres. DiMuro will guide the cohort through a year-long development process that includes workshops with guest artists, peer critical response, rehearsal space, mentorship, public work-in-progress performances, and documentation. The Conservancy has presented dance projects through partnerships and commissions in the past, but this will be the first major commissioned series of dance performances on The Greenway. "As a child, I rode on the stacked highway that is now submerged below The Greenway, and as a young adult I witnessed the (seemingly endless!) Big Dig. Any grand interruption of space interrupts and reveals legacies and histories. Our work as site-based artists is to illuminate facets of this multiplicity, so present day viewers of the performance experience this space with a new view, new information, and a new perspective,” said Peter DiMuro, “My company and I are eager and grateful for the opportunity." The Conservancy has already selected DiMuro’s company, Public Displays of Motion, and Jean Appolon Expressions as part of the project’s development funding phase. They are now seeking two choreographers/companies to join the cohort through a Request for Qualifications. Each choreographer will select a portion of the 1.5-mile-long Greenway on which to base their work. Their 15-30 minute dance will respond to the context of the site, whether historical, social, anthropological, or environmental. All dances will be performed for the public over a series of weekends in September 2023, culminating in a final festival day of performance in early October 2023. The Request for Qualifications is due on September 14, 2022 and can be viewed on the Conservancy’s website. “This program aims to bring the power of dance directly to the public, through free, outdoor works immersed in their locations,” said Keelin Caldwell, Director of Programs and Community Engagement. “The Greenway Conservancy is thrilled to work with four choreographers and companies in creating a collaborative and immersive series of new performances.” This series is made possible by presenting sponsor Amazon, as well as additional enhancement funding from the Greenway Business Improvement District (BID) and a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. The Greenway Dance series is funded exclusively through competitive grants and private sources. “Amazon is honored to continue to invest in Boston’s thriving local arts and culture programs, building a more inclusive and equitable arts community for all,” said Jerome Smith, Amazon’s Head of Community Engagement in New England. “There’s something so special about watching a live outdoor performance in the heart of our city. We look forward to enjoying the Greenway Dance Series with everyone next fall.” About The Greenway and the Greenway Conservancy The Greenway is a contemporary public park in the heart of Boston. The Greenway welcomes millions of visitors annually to gather, play, unwind, and explore. The Greenway Conservancy is the non-profit responsible for the management and care of The Greenway. The majority of the public park’s annual budget is generously provided by private sources. About Peter DiMuro For 30+ years, DiMuro has woven a career as a dancer, actor, choreographer, director, teacher, and facilitator of creativity. He was Artistic Director of Liz Lerman Dance Exchange 2003-2008, a White House Millennial Artist, and a Mayor of Boston/ProArts Arts Award recipient. His work has received support from the NEA, National Performance Network, the Mass Artists’ Foundation, Mass Cultural Council, and MetLife Foundation. DiMuro was a member of the inaugural cohort of the Mayor of Boston's Artist-in-Residence program in 2015, the recipient of an Arts Fuse Award in 2016, and the 2018 inaugural choreographer-in-residence at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. DiMuro is currently focused on physically embodying public art by creating dance in and for public spaces. His work creates platforms for the often invisible histories of our shared spaces, allowing the viewer to see and move through places differently. Public Displays of Motion is a dance company under the creative umbrella of DiMuro that develops and performs artistic works in dance and dance/theatre that translate the poetic and humane within everyday lives into performance; they will be one of the four companies involved in this project. About Amazon Amazon is guided by four principles: customer obsession rather than competitor focus, passion for invention, commitment to operational excellence, and long-term thinking. Amazon strives to be the Earth’s most customer-centric company, Earth’s best employer, and Earth’s safest place to work. Customer reviews, 1-Click shopping, personalized recommendations, Prime, Fulfillment by Amazon, AWS, Kindle Direct Publishing, Kindle, Career Choice, Fire tablets, Fire TV, Amazon Echo, Alexa, Just Walk Out technology, Amazon Studios, and The Climate Pledge are some of the things pioneered by Amazon. About the Greenway Business Improvement District The Greenway BID is designed to contribute $1.5 million each year to support the maintenance, horticulture costs, and future enhancements of The Greenway. Properties that meet certain criteria within the BID boundaries pay a special assessment as part of their property taxes to support improvements that benefit property owners and the public alike. BID members also have opportunities to vote on enhancements and supplemental support along the entirety of The Greenway to create a more engaging and activated public realm. The Greenway BID plays an essential role in supporting an appealing, accessible, and vibrant experience in the BID district for all who visit The Greenway to gather, relax, unwind, and explore.

Greenway Conservancy Releases Request for Qualifications for 2023 Site-Specific Dance Series

The Greenway Dance Series is presented by Amazon

 August 19, 2022 – Boston, MA – The Rose Kennedy Greenway Conservancy today announced the request for qualifications process for a new site-specific dance series to debut in fall of 2023.  

The Greenway Conservancy is partnering with Boston-based choreographer/director Peter DiMuro on a major new dance project that will develop, present, and document four site-specific works by local choreographers of diverse ages, races, ethnicities, and dance genres. DiMuro will guide the cohort through a year-long development process that includes workshops with guest artists, peer critical response, rehearsal space, mentorship, public work-in-progress performances, and documentation. The Conservancy has presented dance projects through partnerships and commissions in the past, but this will be the first major commissioned series of dance performances on The Greenway.  

"As a child, I rode on the stacked highway that is now submerged below The Greenway, and as a young adult I witnessed the (seemingly endless!) Big Dig. Any grand interruption of space interrupts and reveals legacies and histories. Our work as site-based artists is to illuminate facets of this multiplicity, so present day viewers of the performance experience this space with a new view, new information, and a new perspective,” said Peter DiMuro, “My company and I are eager and grateful for the opportunity." 

The Conservancy has already selected DiMuro’s company, Public Displays of Motion, and Jean Appolon Expressions as part of the project’s development funding phase. They are now seeking two choreographers/companies to join the cohort through a Request for Qualifications. Each choreographer will select a portion of the 1.5-mile-long Greenway on which to base their work. Their 15-30 minute dance will respond to the context of the site, whether historical, social, anthropological, or environmental. All dances will be performed for the public over a series of weekends in September 2023, culminating in a final festival day of performance in early October 2023. The Request for Qualifications is due on September 14, 2022 and can be viewed on the Conservancy’s website 

“This program aims to bring the power of dance directly to the public, through free, outdoor works immersed in their locations,” said Keelin Caldwell, Director of Programs and Community Engagement. “The Greenway Conservancy is thrilled to work with four choreographers and companies in creating a collaborative and immersive series of new performances.” 

This series is made possible by presenting sponsor Amazon, as well as additional enhancement funding from the Greenway Business Improvement District (BID) and a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. The Greenway Dance series is funded exclusively through competitive grants and private sources. 

“Amazon is honored to continue to invest in Boston’s thriving local arts and culture programs, building a more inclusive and equitable arts community for all,” said Jerome Smith, Amazon’s Head of Community Engagement in New England. “There’s something so special about watching a live outdoor performance in the heart of our city. We look forward to enjoying the Greenway Dance Series with everyone next fall.” 

About The Greenway and the Greenway Conservancy

The Greenway is a contemporary public park in the heart of Boston. The Greenway welcomes millions of visitors annually to gather, play, unwind, and explore. The Greenway Conservancy is the non-profit responsible for the management and care of The Greenway. The majority of the public park’s annual budget is generously provided by private sources. 

About Peter DiMuro

For 30+ years, DiMuro has woven a career as a dancer, actor, choreographer, director, teacher, and facilitator of creativity. He was Artistic Director of Liz Lerman Dance Exchange 2003-2008, a White House Millennial Artist, and a Mayor of Boston/ProArts Arts Award recipient. His work has received support from the NEA, National Performance Network, the Mass Artists’ Foundation, Mass Cultural Council, and MetLife Foundation. DiMuro was a member of the inaugural cohort of the Mayor of Boston's Artist-in-Residence program in 2015, the recipient of an Arts Fuse Award in 2016, and the 2018 inaugural choreographer-in-residence at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. DiMuro is currently focused on physically embodying public art by creating dance in and for public spaces. His work creates platforms for the often invisible histories of our shared spaces, allowing the viewer to see and move through places differently. Public Displays of Motion is a dance company under the creative umbrella of DiMuro that develops and performs artistic works in dance and dance/theatre that translate the poetic and humane within everyday lives into performance; they will be one of the four companies involved in this project.  

About Amazon 

Amazon is guided by four principles: customer obsession rather than competitor focus, passion for invention, commitment to operational excellence, and long-term thinking. Amazon strives to be the Earth’s most customer-centric company, Earth’s best employer, and Earth’s safest place to work. Customer reviews, 1-Click shopping, personalized recommendations, Prime, Fulfillment by Amazon, AWS, Kindle Direct Publishing, Kindle, Career Choice, Fire tablets, Fire TV, Amazon Echo, Alexa, Just Walk Out technology, Amazon Studios, and The Climate Pledge are some of the things pioneered by Amazon. 

About the Greenway Business Improvement District

The Greenway BID is designed to contribute $1.5 million each year to support the maintenance, horticulture costs, and future enhancements of The Greenway. Properties that meet certain criteria within the BID boundaries pay a special assessment as part of their property taxes to support improvements that benefit property owners and the public alike. BID members also have opportunities to vote on enhancements and supplemental support along the entirety of The Greenway to create a more engaging and activated public realm. The Greenway BID plays an essential role in supporting an appealing, accessible, and vibrant experience in the BID district for all who visit The Greenway to gather, relax, unwind, and explore. 

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