Bushwick-Grown Looping Spectacle at Lincoln Center Polarized Crowds & Pissed Off NYPD [Photos]

Loopers; photographer by Spencer Starnes

On Friday evening a band of Bushwick artists wearing nothing but underwear and leotards gathered in front of the Lincoln Center in Manhattan and for three hours unfurled a guerilla-style conceptual-dance that gathered crowds and polarized even hardened New Yorkers.

Looper euphoria…

 


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“I think it’s absolutely disgusting. I think it’s crazy,” said Faith Johns angrily. Johns was pushing her child in a stroller along the sidewalk when she came across the performers and immediately voiced outrage at their performance before hurrying away. She was not alone. Tamika Dehoney, a Metropolitan Opera House employee, was equally perplexed. “This is your brain on drugs. They on roofies. We didn’t do this in school,” she exclaimed.

Looper euphoria

Although the Lincoln Center is one of largest art spaces in New York City, there wasn’t much room on Friday for the event. The security guards and NYPD forced the performers off the center’s steps and onto the sidewalk, which is public property. The irony wasn’t lost on Looping co-founder Fritz Donnelly, “Lincoln Center, cultural nexus, home of high art, doesn’t allow dancing on the steps.” I asked the NYPD for a comment but they declined.

NYPD at the Looping Event, not having fun.

Looping by Matthew Silver

The performers, led by Mathew Silver and Fritz Donnelly, refer to the improvisational dance as Looping. Donnelly describes the art as a, “free form participatory performance where everyone listens to and leads each other.” The name is both a reference to La Lupe, the Bushwick restaurant in front of which their first performance occurred, and to the metaphysical nature of a loop.

Mathew Silver, the group’s co-founder, stresses Looping’s clean and drug-free nature, as well as its spiritual aspects. “Too many people live a life that was created by the Waistland, no heart, no soul, just doing what other people are telling them to do. Looping is a portal for conscious awakening of the inner child,” he told me after the event.

Matthew Silver in action.

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However, several passersby decided to join the performers, and were enthralled with their experience. “I feel like connected with New York City in a physical and mental way,” said Bushwick resident Roxanne Saba, 29, after she finished Looping. Manhattan resident Wayne Fletcher, 43, also enjoyed Looping, “It’s great fun. I feel the energy. I feel alive. I feel like a free spirit. Togetherness. Oneness.”

For most casual on-lookers the event was a welcomed way to liven the evening. Even though it disrupted her graduation ceremony, English and Photography graduate Nicole Hill enjoyed the impromptu performance, “It’s such a big art school. We welcome it,“ she said. Adam Halbert, 35, enjoyed how the event shook things up around the typically somber Lincoln Center, “We exist, but we don’t necessarily recognize everyone around us. We’re all just monkeys dressed up in suits.”

Roxanne Saba, Looper

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Looping will recommence by the Morgan Stop during Bushwick Open Studios on June 6th. This time Looping will raise awareness of “gentrification, rising rents, and the awesome new endeavors of art and community happening,” Donnelly told me. Check out the Facebook group and get your sunblock and underwear ready Bushwick! 

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Performing at CIRCUS OF DREAMS! June 3, 2015 Wed 9PM

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A very special CIRCUS OF DREAMS in which we celebrate the Screwball Queen herself, producer, & Circus mama…Happy Birthday DARCEY!It’s……The weirdest show in NY!
Performance art madness for the people!
First Wednesdays at BIZARRE, Bushwick
Brought to you by thee House Of Screwball.

CHECK ORIGINAL FACEBOOK INVITE HERE

In no particular order, performances by:
Matthew Silver
Mr. Ris Gumpert
Took Edalow
Courtney Leigh Novak
Alexi Transparent
Jeffrey Freer
Lars Ahdum
Oroboros
Fritz Donnelly
Lindsee Lonesome
and welcome back Nia Nottage!

DJ John Swan John Swan

GoGo Grrl Ruby Love

Door witch Denora IndigoCrystal

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IF YOU’RE INTERESTED IN PERFORMING
EMAIL a proposal with photos, videos, past shows etc. to Darcey Leonard at [email protected]

This is a donation based show with a $7 to $20 suggested donation and happens first Wednesdays at the lovely Bizarre in Bushwick (12 Jefferson St off the Broadway Myrtle JMZ). No one turned away for a lack of funds.

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NEW SHOW Beard and Mustache!!!! First ONE May 20th Wed 9PM

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Amazing ideas that don’t exist will be performed for you!!! Starring Matthew Silver and Fritz Donnelly!!!

3rd Wed. Every Month, BIZARRE Bushwick, 12 Jefferson St., Brooklyn, NY 9PM SHARP

5-7 dollar donation, you won’t be turned away for lack of funds. FACEBOOK INVITE HERE

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Upcoming Show — HOME AUDIO SPRING SHOWCASE! THIS SATURDAY!!

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This Saturday

at 8:00pm – 11:45pm

In Brooklyn, message HOME AUDIO FOR DIRECTIONS

READ ENTIRE FACEBOOK INVITE HERE

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Upcoming Performances in Brooklyn, Boston, and Providence, RI!!!!

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Brooklyn 5/6,
https://www.facebook.com/events/362677800605856/

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WATCH US LOOPING LIVE 4/25 – 2PM TIME SQUARE

Come and perform with us (bring costume or underwear) or be a spectator.  Location 46st and Broadway in front of the stairs. If you can’t come see it live on WEBCAM HERE!!! webcam

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History of Looping 6

looping in the ‘schwick

looping: performing in public around an idea or point of contact and developing it together. people get together and perform spontaneously on a street corner in Bushwick near Lil Skips

You’re Invited!

#looping

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History of Looping – 5

Spring Rites Rights Writes

We’re from Springtime!
And Happy Earthday, week, month!

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History of Looping – 4

Were Evolving : Stick Together ! 

On a rainy winter day in downtown New York City you can survive, you can thrive, in your underwear. What do the police have to say about that!? “Get up?” or “Get down?!”

“I got your back. We got your back.
Going this way?
We got your back going whichever way.
(police:)Gotta get up.
Get up.[and hang from scaffolding]
(police:)Get down.
Get down
Just spreading the good cheer.
Saying cheers.
(Can you breathe?)
Rolling.
Roll with it.
Connect with us. Click hair.
Reach for it.
We made a connection.
Things are looking up from down here.
Is your mother proud of you?
My mother is proud of you.
I’m proud of you.
Animals.
Changing room,
just changed in the changing room (into a different animal).
We’re revolving. Or are we evolving?”

This is the third video in the series
check out the previous two:
“This Could be You: Join the Revolution” – second in the series
“Outside in Underwear: You’re Invited” – first in the series

for more see:
www.tothehills.com, www.hichristina.com, www.maninwhitedress.com

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We’re Animals! We’re Connected!

Are you online but not connected? Are you an animal? Are you walking here? We got this one and with you, we’d like to get the next one! Clump on us!!! and Don’t forget to Click Hair!

filmed by Christopher Raul Barcelona

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