On January 7 and February 18, 2023, Project III (People’s Performance Project) presents their production Free Form live at Monet’s Garden: Immersive Experience in New York City.
Created by Project III Founder Kasey Broekema and former New York City Ballet dancer Lily Cosgrove, Free Form‘s showing featuring Oklahoma City Ballet’s Caitlin Rogers and freelance dancer Paulo Gutièrrez supports the company’s
“initiative made up of creators sponsoring, facilitating, and collaborating with dance companies, independent artists, and freelancers localized anywhere in the world dedicated to pushing the envelope of what defines a theatre to engage an audience moving closer toward a new future of artistic expression.”
The dance work is inspired by “the grid-like, machine, nine-to-five drive of the streets of New York”, paralleling Paris’ influence on Claude Monet’s paintings.
Broekema, Cosgrove, and freelance artist Sadé Murray will be performing a bare-bones version of the movement behind Heaven, another video film collaboration, alongside Free Form.
“Project III was born out of a desire I felt from the New York City artist community. Artists establish a presence and a brand molded to a niche of their area and then feel the need to only create within those limits. I see established artists chomping at the bit for an opportunity to create something that truly motivates and inspires them and so few opportunities for them to express themselves out of their mold.
There’s so much competition between artists and I wanted to create a community with Project III that rather encourages everyone to be featured and to bring companies together rather than drive them apart.
When Monet’s Garden reached out to Project III to collaborate, I saw what they are doing downtown to draw a community together with art and thought, ‘Hell, yeah – this is exactly what we’re all about, let’s do this.’"
Founder, Facilitator & Artist of People's Performance Project
Cosgrove adds, “I was telling Kasey my idea behind this project, just filming through the streets of New York, months before Monet’s Garden even reached out. It’s so cool to see the project coming together in front of me and the New York scenery, the impressionism, and the choreography all fit together so seamlessly.
With so many immersive exhibits popping up across the city, it’s important to analyze how we can expand the definition of immersive. The most effective exhibits stimulate as many senses as possible, and it feels natural to be surrounded by different mediums and artistic expressions for people to find a unique way to connect to the work.”
Project III (People's Performance Project)
For those who can’t make it to Manhattan, Free Form will be virtually released – free of charge – on Project III’s platforms including their website and YouTube channel.