Juliette Mapp's Luxury Rentals at Danspace. Photo by Ian Douglas.
If you’ve lived in New York for two decades, you’ve seen some changes. Big ones. As people have poured into the city, previously ignored neighborhoods have shape-shifted into hot commodities. Nowhere is this more apparent than Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Attracted by low rents and proximity to Manhattan, artists gravitated to the area and refashioned it into a hip enclave. Now, there’s a Starbucks and a City MD on Bedford Avenue, a hop, skip, and jump away from the soon-to-be-beleaguered L train.
Choreographer Juliette Mapp has lived in Williamsburg for a number of years and witnessed firsthand its drastic gentrification and commodification. In Luxury Rentals, which received its premiere at Danspace, she braids together two strands from her life: going to and from her son’s preschool in Bedford-Stuyvesant (another gentrifying neighborhood) and being a Movement Research Artist-in-Residence to reflect on community — the kind you create and the kind created for you.
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