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Peripheral City: Rediscovering the Gowanus Canal
"Toxic Avengers. Red Dive’s buoyant theater aims to clean up the Gowanus Canal’s sullied reputation." Read More...
Time Out New York
Annie Bell, Around Town, May 22-29, 2003
"The Gowanus Canal is now so vibrant that it can even support it’s own avant garde art project. Read More..."
The New York Times
Diane Cardwell, The Metro Section, "What Rots Beneath," May 19, 20033
"Despite the difficulty of working in public spaces, the appeal of site-specific performance is undeniable. Any artist willing to take on the Brooklyn landscape as a "theater," allows for the possibility of choreographing bridges, tides, and skylines into a work. And when done well, a site-specific artist can so transform a space that the audience will never see it the same way again." Read More...
The Brooklyn Rail
Shanti Crawford, "Dancing in the Real World," October 2003
"Picture this: a 16-seat pontoon boat plying the fluids of the Gowanus Canal while audio interviews carry the words of nearby residents, business owners and environmentalists and live performance events take place aboard the boat, under bridges, between trees and on dead-end streets abutting the waterway."
The New York Times
Lawrence Van Gelder, Arts Briefing, May 22, 2003
"Peripheral City: Rediscovering the Gowanus Canal is billed as an adventure tour combined with a multi-art event that takes intimate audiences on a journey down the Gowanus Canal in a 16-seat pontoon boat. In fact, it is much more than that. Added to its description should be a great example of living history in an examination of the relationship of the city's human population with nature as seen in its most urban inland waterway." Read More...
Brad Bradley, May 29 2003
"It’s must-sea theater. Multimedia showboat puts spotlight on canal’s rebirth."
Martin Johnson, Entertainment Cover Story, May 30th, 2003
"You’ve never experienced the Gowanus like this before. Red Dive’s site-specific work reinterprets the Canal."
Brooklyn Courier News
Christy Goodman, May 26th, 2003
One Less Sense: Vision Without Sense (blindfolded tour)
"The conceptual, performance, and, um, visual artists behind Red Dive's One Less Sense aim to create "site-specific, multi-sensory art events." The recipient of the first Bessie award for installation and new media, Red Dive is a sprightly four-year-old collective of five women artists. And while One Less Sense throws '90s postmodernism, '70s happenings, and junior high haunted houses into the aesthetic blender—and employs the work of male artists—it's unavoidably girlie. That's not at all a bad thing." Read More..."
The Village Voice
Alexis Soloski, "A Senseless Act," May 2, 2000
"Oh my God, This was, like, so cool. I mean, like, they gave us blindfolds and we had to walk through mazes. Then there was this sticky stuff on the walls, which was really gross. (I wiped my hands off on my pants.) Then there was, like, no way out, so I started banging on the walls because I thought I was trapped. The lady told me to calm down. But then I realized that there was a hole at the bottom of the wall, and so, like I crawled through it. Oh, my God, this was so cool. Oh yeah, another thing was, they gave us something to eat. It was some sort of sweet Jell-O candy. I didn’t like it, so I spit it out. That was okay with them. But, like, the whole time we can’t see anything, ya know? Another thing was, they gave us a rope and told us to lean back. I was leaning on my brother, I think, ‘cause I couldn’t see anything. Oh yeah, and we had to sing too. That was really funny. The whole thing is cool and kind of freaky. Really, it’s, like, about trust."
New York Magazine
Camille Aldama, 12 years old, as told to Susan Avery, May 1, 2000
"Traversing the psychic and physical spaces of this audacious interactive environment…produces an experience as private and as singular as wiggling a loose tooth with your tongue."
Dohse, Chris, April 17, 2000
"…promises more than a few startling sights, including a mechanized Asian prostitute, a kitchen filled with animated crockery and a backyard maze created out of trees suspended over worm-filled compost. In the basement, there’s a barroom that undulates as if it were breathing (no, it’s not the alcohol)."
"Scary New York Pick," Oct. 29-Nov. 5, 1998
"For the first time an Installation and New Media Bessie Award was given to recognize a site-specific or not easily classifiable production. The recipient was a group called Red Dive, for a production called "Inhabited! Afterlives" at the Lower East Side Tenement Museum."
The New York Times
Jack Anderson, "Dance and Performance Awards," September 27, 1999