The Inspired Pedestrians
The Kansas City streetcars will give new opportunities for pedestrian connection. “The Inspired Pedestrians” is a video and performance project capturing an idealized dance of pedestrian traffic. It explores the joy and awkwardness of steps and connections that develop between people over the course of a streetcar ride. In collaboration with a few local dancers, we will playfully ignite viewers’ thoughts about the shared humanity of the daily commute. There will be two layers to present to the public: a filmed dance performance and public projections of the final video. The filmed dance performance will happen within the flow of natural commuter traffic on the streetcar platforms. The final film portrayal will magnify nuances, imaginative bursts and happy levitations.
The performance will be enacted by acclaimed dancers from the Kansas City Ballet including Joshua Bodden, Ivan Braatz, Miranda Dafoe, Tempe Ostergren and Molly Wagner. Ostergren and Wagner recently danced the legendary role of Odette/Odile in the Kansas City Ballet’s production of Swan Lake earlier this year.
Date and Location
The performance will start at the Union Station Streetcar Stop at 12:00 p.m. on Friday, July 15 and end at the Kauffman Center NB Stop.
Elizabeth Stehling’s artwork explores relationships between people using dance and gesture. She has shown her short films at festivals and galleries across the country. Stehling earned her M.F.A. from The Pratt Institute in 2010 and moved to Kansas City in 2015.