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Performance- rampage event in the Movement Research festival. We met at Dance Theater Workshop in Chelsea and were led through the streets down to the Village by two people on stilts, who stopped at various points to play wind instruments and show us site-specific dance performances by various dancers participating in the festival, my favorite of which was Luciana Achugar, who pretended to go spelunking in a white lacey thong, knee-high sweater tights and ski mask along the ramp railing at St. Vincent’s hospital. They had us chanting at points, “We’re here, we’re queer, and we’re not going shopping!”
It was too funny watching passersby try to figure out what to make of us. At one point the leaders asked us to give ourselves a round of applause as we passed by a busy restaurant, patrons staring out the window open-mouthed. There must have been nearly 100 of us. The festival curators hadn’t expected such a large turnout and we held up a lot of traffic walking through the streets. We ended up at the Judson Memorial Church (where the original Judson movement began in the 60s, which many consider to mark the beginning of post-modern dance) and had a dance party.