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Thursday, October 13, 2022

綠路"我們崛起"舞蹈由澳洲華裔藝術家Wendy Yu領銜組織

 As We Rise project showcases collaboration along The Greenway

A new monumental projection artwork floats local dancers above downtown Boston

October 13, 2022 – Boston, MA – The Rose Kennedy Greenway Conservancy today announced As We Rise, a new dance projection project led by Australian artist Wendy Yu that will bring public art to the side of the iconic Federal Reserve Bank of Boston building at 600 Atlantic Ave, adjacent to Dewey Square on The Greenway. This large-scale video-based artwork will be projected on the building’s northern exterior wall and will be viewable from both The Greenway and along portions of Boston’s waterfront every evening beginning October 25, 2022, through November 29, 2022.

Commissioned by the Greenway Conservancy in early 2022, artist Wendy Yu collaborated with The Flavor Continues and ILLUMINUS to create a site-specific video projection that features short bursts of freestyle-based street dance from 5 local dancers spanning multiple generations. The 15-minute video highlights the dancers’ movements as they interpret music in the moment and engage community techniques in ways that reflect their individual styles. The artwork will appear on the Federal Reserve building and loop continuously from dusk to 10p each evening through November 29, 2022.

Wendy Yu is a Sydney-based interdisciplinary artist who works with dance and urban media art. She designs interactive works with computer systems to build large-scale immersive experiences in public spaces. Her practice elevates forms of movement and dance typically confined to the streets –such as breakdancing and everyday athletic feats– to contemporary abstract art landscapes. By catapulting dancers’ movements to new heights, Yu creates unexpected moments of inspiration and embodied engagement in urban environments.

Of her work, Yu shares, “In my dance projection design works, I create engaging immersive environments that make the viewer feel in awe of what they are seeing. By elevating dance in this abstract, large-scale, and digitally-designed way, I create new opportunities for viewers to experience the incredible control and precision that dancers and athletes share in their practices.”

“The As We Rise project highlights the critical importance of building opportunities for reciprocal, mutual creative exchange between international artists and Greater Boston’s diverse artist communities. The artistic collaboration at the core of this project creates an innovative platform to share the intricate, complex, yet often overlooked practices and traditions of street dance in exciting new ways,” says Audrey Lopez, the Greenway Conservancy’s Director and Curator of Public Art. “In addition, the support of the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston underlines how cross-sector partnerships can work to collectively reimagine and activate the urban and sometimes isolating landscapes of downtown Boston.” 

Yu’s previous video installations and work as an artist, choreographer, dancer, and computer programmer have been featured in major cities and institutions across the globe since 2019, including Atlanta, Brooklyn, Barcelona, Beijing, Berlin, Istanbul, Melbourne, Canberra, and Sydney, among others. Yu has also been commissioned by and worked in collaboration with well-known international brands, including Adidas Basketball and Ace Hotel Sydney.

To celebrate and launch As We Rise, we invite you to join us for a public opening reception on Tuesday, October 25th from 5:30p-7:30p, with a rain date of Wednesday, October 26th from 5:30p-7:30p. This event will be held on The Greenway at Atlantic Avenue and Pearl Street. Light refreshments and short remarks will be shared, along with music and dance from our partners at A Trike Called Funk and The Flavor Continues.

A Special Thank You to Our Supporters

Public art on The Greenway is funded exclusively through grants and private sources, including generous support from The Barr Foundation, the Boston Cultural Council, and Goulston & Storrs.  As We Rise was also made possible through gifts from the Greater Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau, the South Station Tower, and Yotel. The Greenway Conservancy is thankful to partners at the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston for their support of this public art display, in particular for hosting the projection infrastructure and artwork. In addition, the Conservancy is thankful to Pao Arts Center for providing a space for dancers and the filming of this artwork.

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