City Water Tunnel #3
City Water Tunnel #3
Dance Theater Workshops, NY
National and European Tour
(1996 - 1999)
Solo performer, writer and Artistic Director. Multi-media, Obie-winning play and 5 year community art project. Produced by Dancing in the Streets 1996 and The Working Theater 1998. Music Steve Elson. Premiered Dance Theater Workshop and HERE, NY NY 1996.
City Water Tunnel #3 is about the building of the largest public works project in the Western Hemisphere (non-defense). The tunnel's construction began in 1970 and is scheduled for completion in 2025. CWT#3 was created in partnership with Local 147 of the Tunnelworker's Union and NYC's largest city agency, the Department of Environmental Protection who is in charge of the tunnel's design, planning, financing and construction.
To date, CWT#3 has included:
..Gallery Exhibits of photographs, artifacts and tunnel memorabilia.
..Live multi-media performance(s) produced in NYC, the NY Upstate Watershed Region, universities, conferences and theaters nationally establishing a Memorial Fund which raised $20,000. towards the commission and installation of granite drinking fountains in each of the five boroughs to honor the 25 people who have died thus far.
..Onsite lunch time performances at construction sites and NYC Government office buildings.
..A video by Mary Ellen Strom that traveled in installation form to the jobsites.
..Two Fairs for the public and tunnel building community.
In 2000/01/02 CWT#3 toured Rome, Stockholm, Belgrade, N. New England Tradeswomen Conference, Vermont and Iowa; 1999 included Danceplace, Washington DC.; George Meaney Labor Center, Silver Springs, MD; Working Women Festival, San Francisco CA; University of Kansas, Lawrence KS; 1998 included a month run at the Judith Anderson Theater NY NY. Lila Wallace Arts Partners, Rockefeller MAP, NYSCA, NYFA, Arts International, Greenwall Foundation.
This video was made by Eileen Schnock, Resident Engineer, NYC DEP. She made it at a workshop with Joe Lambert, Digital Storytelling Center, as part of Pottenger's City Water Tunnel #3 project.