November 6, 2013Processional Arts Workshop (PAW), under the direction of Alex Kahn and Sophia Michahelles, creates site-specific parades, processions, and Carnivalesque events worldwide, including the mobile performances that lead New York’s Village Halloween Parade each year. PAW’s performances involve local communities in every stage of production, integrating pageant puppetry, mobile architecture, shadow and projection, and mask and costume, to reflect on uniquely local themes and narratives. The resulting works, often bringing together hundreds of volunteers, have appeared in Socrates Sculpture Park, on the High Line (opening the PEN World Voices Festival), Trinidad Carnival, the EON Festival in Istanbul, the Henson International Festival of Puppet Theatre, and the opening ceremonies of the Walkway Over the Hudson.
In addition PAW, has worked with communities worldwide to initiate processions in places ranging from the streets of Kiev to the South Bronx; from Italian Alps to rural Texas. Their work has been recognized with numerous awards, including a Fulbright Scholarship to Trinidad, a Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation Artists and Communities Grant, a CEC Artslink Grant to Ukraine, a Dutchess County Arts Council Project Grant, and a Roman Witt Visiting Artist Fellowship at University of Michigan. Alex and Sophia have also lectured on Carnivalesque art at the New School, Bard College, Maine College of Art, and University of the West Indies.
Location:Throughout Lincoln Square
Time: All Evening