Photo: Joe Griffin

Photo: Joe Griffin

On View: Phoenix: Xu Bing at the Cathedral


Phoenix has landed at the Cathedral! The graceful birds of myth and legend, brought to life from the discarded materials of contemporary Chinese life by artist Xu Bing, will be on view in the Nave throughout 2014.

Join the Cathedral community for a unique celebration of art and culture, featuring activities for families and children of all ages, global music and dance, and much more. Special tours and art activities will be ongoing throughout the day, with storytelling, family yoga, workshops and vertical tours hosted by Public Education & Visitor Services and Adults & Children In Trust (ACT). Click here for the full schedule of activities and tours.

Beginning at 2 pm, the featured performers will tantalize the assembled audience:

Tanya and Kim, stilt walkers, Big Apple Circus

Ray Nagem, Cathedral Associate Organist

Jook Lum Tong Long Southern Praying Mantis Lion Dancers

Diyi Tang, pianist
A Hundred Birds Paying Respect to the Phoenix 百鸟朝凤
Composed by Wang Jianzhong (b. 1933)

Philippe Petit, high wire artist, with Paul Winter, musician

Kent Tritle, Director of Cathedral Music, with the Cathedral Choir
Ralph Lee, puppeteer, and members of Mettawee River Theatre Company
La Bomba, (an ensalada for four voices)
Composed by Matteo Flecha El Viejo (1481-1553)

Xiao Di, Juggler, Big Apple Circus

Abdel Salaam, choreographer, with members of Forces of Nature Dance Theater

This full-day festival in honor of Phoenix is open to the public. Join us!

For information on the exhibition, Phoenix: Xu Bing at the Cathedral, click here.