Clean Labor will be performed on Sunday, March 5, at the Wythe Hotel, 80 Wythe Ave. at N. 11th St., in Brooklyn. The first performance, from 1 to 2 PM,will be staged throughout three Wythe Hotel rooms. The second performance, from 2 to 4 PM, will be followed by a closing reception at The Ides Rooftop Bar. Dancers will be joined by the Wythe Hotel’s cleaning staff in this special performance. While the cleaners make up the room, the performers will take their movements and gestures as inspiration. The performance will take place in numerous rooms throughout the Wythe as well as in the Ides Rooftop Bar. The performance is free and open to the public, but RSVPs are required; click here to make reservations. For an informational video, click here.
Choreographer Brendan Fernandes is a Canadian artist of Kenyan and Indian descent. As the son of immigrants, he has long been interested in how we perceive and value the labor of those who strive for a better life in a new country. He is currently an artist in residence and faculty member at Northwestern University in the Department of Art Theory and Practice.
Clean Labor is presented by More Art, which commissions groundbreaking artists to create public art projects that meaningfully engage communities across New York City. More Art seeks to produce and present innovative works of public art that serve as platforms for open dialogue and catalysts for new ideas and strategies in the pursuit of social justice.