SHNYS: Rosendale

Subliminal History visits Rosendale, New York. Roosevelt Island begins its traverse upriver and finds itself falling in love with a lighthouse along the way.  Veering towards the Esopus, it ends up in the Rondout creek and the caverns of the old limestone mines in Rosendale, NY.

A 2 month project digging through history of the local land and its use with the Century House Historical Society culminates inside the Widow Jane Mine. A 1.5 hour participatory performance included singing, actions and projections and was attended by Rosendale and Kingston residents. The day began with a Shape Note  singing school (traditional 4 part harmony, originating in New England acapella singing style) for those interested.

Performance written and directed by Carrie Dashow. Song text: C. Dashow, composition and Shape Note singing instruction by Jesse Pearlman Karlsberg. Research assistance and location provided by the Century House Historical Society, and our dear friend Dietrich Werner, July 2006



Related Projects:

  • Under Island
  • Route of Progress
  • Pent up and Under Gone
  • Society for a Subliminal State

Together we sing Mortal Mortar Made of Death about the matter of pneumatic cement (limestone) that comprises the Widow Jane Mine, Rosendale NY.


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