PATHWAYS Day: Invisible Cities, Save The Last Dance for Me, Polka Chinata Workshop, and more!

  • July 29, 2023 5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
  • PS21 Grounds

    2980 New York 66
    Chatham, New York 12037
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6 PM Invisible Cities with Processional Arts Workshop, a participatory performance installtion and roving puppetscape

7:30 PM US Premiere: Save the Last Dance for Me by Alessandro Sciarroni

PATHWAYS Day is a new tradition at PS21, a site-specific community ceremony, emerging from our shared culture and physical landscape. Make a day of it, explore our 100-acre campus, and be a part of the PS21 experience. With social dancing, an immersive puppetscape, and extraordinary international performers, PS21’s campus comes alive with creativity and community on PATHWAYS Day.


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One ticket admits you to all! Pay-as-you-wish


5 PM Cafe open, order your picnic from Chatham Provisions and pick up at our cafe!

6 PM Participatory Performance installation, Invisible Cities immersive puppetscape

7:30 PM US Premiere: Save the Last Dance for Me by Alessandro Sciarroni, an inventive revival of the polka chinata Italian folk dance

7:50 PM DJ Dance Party with Tim Davis, AKA DJ Giant Corporation

8:30 PM Polka chinata workshops with Save the Last Dance for Me dancers

Events happen rain or shine

Please note: Whether you register for the whole day, or one of the events, you are welcome to experience all of the festivities on PATHWAYS Day


Invisible Cities Roving Performance Installation

The culmination of two weeks of exploratory workshops led by Processional Arts Workshop, Invisible Cities invites visitors to experience a fantastical realm of imagined cities, with 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.

EXPERIENCE INVISIBLE CITIES AS A VISITOR! Come as audience at 6 PM and seek out the Cities in the landscape. 


YOU CAN TAKE PART IN THE PERFORMANCE INSTALLATION! It’s not too late to sign up to be an active participant in this immersive puppetscape. Sign up to help bring Invisible Cities to life!

US Premiere: Save the Last Dance for Me by Alessandro Sciarroni

Alessandro Sciarroni, Associate artist of CENTQUATRE-Paris and Triennale Milano Teatro 2022-2024, and recipient of the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement in Dance at the 2019 Venice Biennale, brings his bold yet graceful work of theatrical social dance to PS21. 


The polka chinata (crouched polka) is a rarity in ballroom dancing: it was performed exclusively by pairs of men. It originated in Bologna around 1900 and had nearly disappeared when Giancarlo Stagni, a professor and dance master, rediscovered it in the 1990s and began teaching it to his dancers. Theater-maker and choreographer Alessandro Sciarroni, whose work inhabits the tension between tradition and modernity, found the dance, its hypnotic nature, and its near-extinction fascinating.


“Alessandro Sciarroni is a choreographer with the identity card of a thespian, he’s a dance researcher with the soul of a visual artist, he examines loneliness but loves the emotional exchange between performers and spectators.” — La Repubblica


In Sciarroni’s Save the Last Dance for Me, PS21’s open-air pavilion theater becomes a fantastical town square where the nearly extinct Bolognese polka chinata is brought back to life before the assembled crowd. After the performance the audience is invited to learn the steps of this bold and theatrical social dance in workshops with the performers.

Polka chinata workshop with Save the Last Dance for Me dancers

Immediately after the performance, Sciarroni’s dancers Giovanfrancesco Giannini and Gianmaria Borzillo will lead free workshops in the polka chinata for dancers and non-dancers alike, diving into the form and invoking the spirit of the community to save the dance from the brink of extinction. Open to all, no dance experience necessary!


PS21/Chatham’s PATHWAYS is a multidisciplinary public initiative of free and affordable performances, classes, workshops, and events tailored to the local community. PATHWAYS resides at the intersection of nature and the arts, incorporating PS21’s green, reconfigurable theater and our 100-acres of trails and meadows for site-specific performances and encounters. Beyond our grounds, PS21 brings PATHWAYS to communities throughout our region with programs in city parks, libraries, village streets, farms, and parking lots, all offered free of charge.


Invisible Cities received major funding from the New York State Council on the Arts

Save the Last Dance for Me is supported in part by the Jack Shainman Gallery

Date & Time

Sat, Jul 29, 2023 5:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Venue Details

PS21 Grounds

2980 New York 66
Chatham, New York 12037 PS21 Grounds
PS/21 Inc

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About PS21

A vibrant center for contemporary performance in the Hudson Valley, PS21 “presents work that challenges and invites” (The New York Times): adventurous productions by leading and emerging American and international artists in music, dance, and theater, and visionaries creating entirely new genres. On our open-air Pavilion Theater stage, across our expansive, unspoiled grounds, and in the diverse surrounding communities, PS21 cultivates and presents productions that transcend aesthetic boundaries and revitalize existing artistic languages and grammars. Throughout the year, we host developmental residencies for dancers, musicians, actors, and creators of original, even unclassifiable new work. Rooted in community collaboration, PS21’s programming engages creatively with critical global and social issues. It is a mecca for innovative and original artistic voices, a destination for performance that can be experienced nowhere else in the region. PS21’s Pavilion Theater is a green-energy marvel surrounded by 100 acres of unspoiled meadows, trails, and woodlands that are a haven to wildlife and visitors across the region.  Integrated into our unspoiled campus, the theater embodies our commitments to the public: open, inviting, and optimized for their enjoyment and encouraging citizen expression and participation.


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