"Invisible Cities" Final Performance

  • Sat, Jul 29, 2023 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
  • PS21 Grounds

    2980 New York 66
    Chatham, New York 12037

RSVP here to attend the final performance of Invisible Cities on July 29, created by Processional Arts Workshop in collaboration with public participants. To register for the free workshops, please fill out the form on our website.

Processional Arts Workshop brings Invisible Cities to life in two weeks of fun, exploratory community workshops. Participants are invited to collaborate in creating and performing their own imagined cities as pageant puppets and performing objects, transforming PS21’s pathways into a shifting landscape of animated architectural follies. Guided by poetic fragments, found sounds, and unreliable maps, visitors encounter cities at random, trying to make sense of a once-familiar world that seems to fade, with each step, into an elusive, half-remembered dream. 


Presented during PATHWAYS DAY, Invisible Cities is a roving performance installation inspired by Italo Calvino’s kaleidoscopic allegory of how we inhabit, negotiate, and remember shared spaces. Revealed in Marco Polo’s reports to Kublai Khan of his sprawling, ungraspable empire, Calvino’s cities seem fantastical yet familiar, as we struggle, like the Emperor, to comprehend the reality of a vast human enterprise.


Invisible Cities is the culmination of two weeks of collaborative community workshops at PS21


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Date & Time

Sat, Jul 29, 2023 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Venue Details

PS21 Grounds

2980 New York 66
Chatham, New York 12037 PS21 Grounds
PS21: Performance Spaces for the 21st Century

Established in Chatham, NY in 2006, PS21 supports innovative performing artists and creators and introduces their work to a broader audience, while also providing the surrounding region with opportunities for arts engagement regardless of economic status, cultural background, and age.


Five acres of PS21's 100+ acres are developed; the rest are meadows and woodlands. Situated near the theater are the Dance Barn, a rehearsal and performance venue, and two artists’ residences accommodating sixteen individuals. The PS21 property is also host to the Chatham Farm Animal Rescue. PS21's new theater and rural campus are important resources for both visiting artists and the community, optimized for the public's enjoyment and to encourage citizen expression and participation. 


The 350-seat theater is a state-of-the-art, green facility offering resident makers and performers the tools and flexibility for successful innovation and collaboration in the development of sophisticated multi-media work. Few other US facilities are able to provide this level of technical support. PS21 operates year-round, supporting performances by and residencies for dancers, choreographers, musicians, composers, actors and creators. The summer season is PS21's public highlight, during which a full calendar of performances is augmented with a myriad of events and workshops, many of which are free of charge and involve community collaboration with the gifted artists in residence.


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