The Residents
3LD Art and Technology Center
New York, NY
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The Residents

(NOT) WATER is joined by theatrical works-in-progress by Helen Banner, Sarah Einspanier, Emerie Snyder and Lisa Szolovits, developed in a season-long residency at New Georges.  

Admission to The Residents works-in-progress is free at door (suggested donation of $5 to $15) or guarantee your reservation with a $10 donation through Brown Paper Tickets above.  Please note: once admitted, you are welcome to stay for additional works-in-progress; the exhibition is active during events that occur within gallery hours.


Virtual Water Fountain
By Lisa Szolovits

An interactive vapor sculpture incorporating a projected video archive of crowdsourced water memories from times of plenty.

June 12, 6-7:30, 9-11; June 19, 9-11


EXHIBIT: Works on Water Variation
By Emerie Snyder

EXHIBIT is a site-responsive participatory theatre experience in the form of an art gallery tour, designed to be re-adapted to fit each different gallery or museum setting. Small groups of audience members are led through the gallery on what seems like a straightforward tour. Gradually, a fictional story emerges, both inspired by and in contradiction to the visual artwork. The version of EXHIBIT that has been developed for Works on Water engages directly (yet playfully) with the water-focused visual art on display, exploring themes of memory, reflection, motion, stillness, and what exactly happens in the instant when water turns into ice.  

June 12, 8-9:30pm; June 17 12:30-3pm; June 19, 9-10:30pm; June 24, 12:30-3pm


Written by Sarah Einspanier
Directed by and developed with Morgan Green

Ten to twenty-five incoming college freshmen plod across a stage. Then plod back. Then stop and take a picture of a waterfall. NATURE WHATEVER explores the collision of impending adulthood and looming environmental doom  on a hike.

June 12, 7pm


LA DÉROUTE: resident work-in-progress
By playwright Helen Banner and composers Catherine Brookman and Mark van Hare, directed by Mary Birnbaum

LA DÉROUTE is an experimental play/opera that explores the emergence of modern beliefs about water and washing our bodies. On the island of Jersey, the grandson of a medieval family welcomes a new French bride off the boat.  Convinced that water softens the tissues of the body and causes fatal illness they refuse to let her take a bath on her wedding night and give her a cleansing linen shirt instead. Marie has grown up with the new fashionable habits of washing and finds the smell of her new family unbearable. Discovering that the maids of the house are already secretly bathing in the sea, she sets out to convince grand-mère, the dirty matriarch of the family, of the necessity of washing with water, but is unexpectedly hampered by the loss of all her books. This concert reading combines text, vocal music, percussion and organic water sounds into an intimate and sensual piece for five voices.

June 19, 7:30pm; June 20, 1pm


From June 5 to 30, 2017, Works on Water turns 3LD Art & Technology Center in Lower Manhattan into a boundary-crossing thought hub for 26 days of art + theater in which a diverse cohort of artists, scientists, water advocates and audiences come together for wide-ranging conversation about the relationship between people and water -- on an individual, community, and humanitarian scale.

All tickets and reservations include entry to the triennial exhibition; exhibition alone, $5 to 15 suggested donation at the door.

DIVE IN DEEP!! To all 26 days of art and theater!  The Dive In-clusive Pass admits one to every event!  Just contact our Lifeguard, your concierge, to reserve your seat for individual events.


3LD Art and Technology Center (View)
80 Greenwich Street
New York, NY 10006
United States