Angels and Accordions
Conceived and choreographed by Martha Bowers
Music: Guy Klucevsek and Bob Goldberg
Visual Installation: Alexander Heilner
Part walking tour, part performance, part guided meditation through the beautiful and richly historical Green-Wood Cemetery, Angels and Accordions was produced by Dance Theatre Etcetera and The Green-Wood Historic Fund, and presented as part of openhousenewyork’s annual celebration of New York City architecture and design.
Angels and Accordions took thousands of visitors through Green-Wood’s beautiful rolling hills and inside its otherwise-closed-and-locked mausoleums. Along the way, images of “Angels” in stirring tableaux vivant merged with the natural landscape and statuary of the cemetery. A number of large scale choregraphed movement pieces punctuated the performance, accompanied throughout by a chorus of accordions, as visitors explored the permanent resting ground of notables from Leonard Bernstein to Jean-Michel Basquiat to Boss Tweed.