June 23, 2013 –
Against the Wall: Migration / Habitation / Erasing / Tracing
In this workshop, Jovanina Pagano and Rachel Levitsky came together to generate, catalog and perform the language and movement of migration, its manifold appearances in our fast and mobile world. Within the unique structure of the island and the house they explored through words, dance, and sound how and where we move, the traces we leave, what is lost, and what of ourselves remains constant in our movements from place to place.
Jovanina Pagano has worked for twenty years with adolescents and families in programs and schools including Grand Street Settlement, Harlem Children’s Zone, Children’s Aid Society, Brewster Academy, The Dalton School, Deerfield Academy, Ethical Culture Fieldston School, Groton School, Horace Mann School, Trinity School and The Taft School. She has been a direct service provider and administrator for at-risk adolescents, as well as an educator. She works at the John Dewey Academy as Dean of Studies.
Rachel Levitsky‘s second book, Neighbor, is published by Ugly Duckling Presse (2009). Levitsky’s first full length volume, Under the Sun was published by Futurepoem books. Levitsky writes poetry plays, three of which (one with Camille Roy) have been performed in New York and San Francisco. In 1999, Levitsky founded Belladonna Series (belladonnaseries.org) as a means to amplify the hushed existence of the feminist avant garde practice of writing.