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Irondale Center Presents

Pieces of Paper Project

A week of multimedia art and music to celebrate the compassionate service
of grassroots volunteers in response to the 9/11 attacks.
September 6 - 11
Exhibit is open daily from 1:00- 6:00 pm
All events are open and free to the public

The dramatic readings have limited seating and reservations are required. Please see the schedule below.

Inspired by historical documents created the week of September 11, 2001 by grassroots volunteers at the Chelsea Piers Support Center, Pieces of Paper Project tells a moving and hopeful story of the human spirit in action.

Conceived by theater artist and 9/11 volunteer Michael Simon Hall in collaboration with a team of creative artists, the installation, evocative of the New York City skyline, integrates the paper artifacts with video projections, original music and theatrical lighting effects, and a short film featuring the 9/11 volunteer community, providing an opportunity for reflection on the selfless actions of thousands of grassroots volunteers that formed the bedrock of the 9/11 recovery efforts.

[ All visitors are encouraged to contribute their own piece of paper to the skyline, sharing what they did after 9/11 to help someone in need, or their goal to make a difference in their community. Paper will be provided. ]

Full Schedule of Events:

Tuesday, September 6 - Sunday, September 11
Installation open 1:00pm - 6:00pm daily

Tuesday, September 6 at 7PM
Opening event
Volunteer Reunion and Recognition and premier of short film Thank you, for Everything, featuring the 9/11 community
Councilwoman Leticia James and retired FDNY first responder and author of The Second Tower is Down John McCole.

Thursday, September 8 & Friday, September 9 at 7PM
Staged reading of Pieces of Paper - Aspirations of 9/11
Seating is limited. Reservations are required:
Featuring the original cast from the previous production at the Here Arts Center, Pieces of Paper - Aspirations of 9/11 explores the deeply personal as well as the collective experiences of 9/11 volunteers as they reach out to others in the days after the attacks. Featuring original music by Anton Batagov, a first responder who experiencing a traumatic loss is assisted by the community of volunteers to his own recovery.

Sunday, September 11, 4pm - 6pm
Community Concert of Healing and Remembrance
A concert for the community in memory of those lost. Please come and share in a community meditation, unified by hope. The concert will feature a number of organizations including The String Orchestra of Brooklyn, The Noel Pointer Foundation, Spoke The Hub Dance, American Opera Projects, The Brooklyn Music School and acclaimed composer/pianist Anton Batagov. Reverend David Dyson of Lafayette Presbyterian Church will lead in a moment of interfaith reflection.

Michael Simon Hall
Michael Simon Hall is a multidisciplinary artist, growing out of his broad experience in the performing arts. Working professionally in the theater for over twenty years, from La Mama to NYC Opera and everywhere in between, including two solo shows, Michael branched out into design, creating installations for Fashion Week at Bryant Park, the Metropolitan Museum and national television, with his work featured in New York Times Sunday Styles. His plays include Oh, Very Young , based on the music of Cat Stevens, The Usual Space , and adaptations of Mother in the Trenches and The Ironworkers Hayride , by Pulitzer award winner, Robert Olen Butler, as well as an opera in development with 6-time Emmy recipient, composer/arranger Lanny Meyers. More recently Michael has been focused on commemorating 9/11 through an evolving series of theater, music and multimedia projects, the Pieces of Paper Project . Pieces of Paper - Aspirations of 9/11 , a multimedia theater experience, was presented at the Here Arts Center in May 2011.

Anton Batagov
A prize winner at the International Tchaikovsky Competition, Anton Batagov was the first Russian pianist to perform works by John Gage, Morton Feldman, Steve Riech and Phillip Glass. Heralded as "one of the most significant and unusual figures of Russian contemporary music" (Newsweek, Russian edition, 1997) and "a Russian Terry Riley" (Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times, 2008), Anton Batagov is one of the most influential Russian composers and performers, composing works for acoustic and electronic instruments. His discography counts over thirty CD releases. He is the author of several movie soundtracks and the #1 composer of original music for Russian television. Most of his works written since the late 90's are deeply influenced by Buddhist philosophy and practice. Regularly featured on NPR's SoundCheck and New Sounds, he has recently returned to performing and the US after a long hiatus.

John McCole
As he helped out at his local church while off-duty on the morning of 11 September, John McCole had absolutely no idea of the horror he would encounter later at the World Trade Center. He was urgently recalled to work and two minutes away from the collapsed first tower, he heard the words 'The second tower is down' being frantically repeated on his radio. This book begins as John enters the aftermath of the WTC collapse - the hot air thick with ash, twisted metal and debris, fires, rescue services, casualties and chaos. 'I thought if there's a hell, this is what it must look like.' It continues through the nightmare days that followed and explores the emotional and physical strain that he faced and how he dealt with it. As the months have passed, John has gradually gained perspective and he shares his memories of life as a firefighter with the many colleagues that he lost in the tragedy. The Second Tower is Down is a gripping, moving, personal story of one man who had to endure the unendurable.

The String Orchestra of Brooklyn
The String Orchestra of Brooklyn is a close-knit group of musicians dedicated to exploring the breadth of the string repertoire, from the concerti of Bach to the latest experimental works by emerging composers. The orchestra also seeks out collaborative projects with other like-minded performance ensembles and organizations, including ISSUE Project Room, American Opera Projects, and Hellgate Harmonie. Founded in 2007 by violinist and conductor Eli Spindel, the SOB has quickly become an integral part of Brooklyn’s vibrant musical community. Based at St. Ann and the Holy Trinity Church in Brooklyn Heights, the ensemble also presents an annual summer concert in Fort Greene Park, and holds regular chamber recitals around the borough.

Pieces of Paper image credit: Photography: Gall Friedman, Graphics: Alexsey Kazakov and Leonardo Pereznieto

Pieces of Paper

September 6-11
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Production made possible through Irondale's Emerging Artist Space Subsidy Grant
with funding from the Booth Ferris Foundation, Brooklyn Community Foundation,
and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs.