Body is Home : Remembering Forecourt

Portland-based dance company Heidi Duckler Dance/Northwest (HDD/NW) and the Halprin Landscape Conservancy present Body Is Home : a socially distanced performance as well as Wild and Various Empires Have Inhabited This Place directed and performed by Jennifer Wright.

Set in Lawrence Halprin’s Portland Open Space Sequence, this performance celebrates the 50th Anniversary of the opening of the Keller Fountain, formerly the Forecourt Fountain, and honors the 100th birthday of the living choreographer Anna Halprin.

The Keller Fountain opened in 1970, only days after protests just a few blocks away resulted in the hospitalizations of 34 people. The new park immediately became a celebration of the Portland community and the power of public space. As the COVID-19 global pandemic and protests for racial justice roil Portland today, Body Is Home honors the present moment in a setting that remains unique and powerful after 50 crucial years of Portland history.

Lawrence Halprin said it best when he noted, “Please try to remember we’re all in this together.” His vision began with open spaces that would be for everyone.

Watch : Body is Home

This project was made possible in part by the Regional Arts and Culture Council (RACC), Halprin Landscape Conservancy, Portland Parks & Recreation and PLACE.

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