EVENT ANNOUCEMENT: “Trash-Island” Becomes Art in New Work

Proving Ground Movement collects gutter debris and makes movement-based comment on the ocean’s own sculpture

Dancers take on environmental awareness in a stirring new work at Joe’s Movement Emporium

Mount Rainier, MD Mar. 23, 16: April 8 at 8 pm and April 9 at 8 pm Joe’s Movement Emporium presents experimental movement artists Hannah Kerr and Paulina Guerrero of Proving Ground Movement in their new work, “Gyre [ˈjī(ə)r/]” which utilizes movement, sculpture, and costume to depict an interpretation of the Pacific Ocean’s “trash-island.” Tickets are available on Joe’s website and at the door for $20 per person.

On presenting Proving Ground, Brooke Kidd, Joe’s Movement Emporium Founder & Executive Director tells this story: “I met the Proving Ground co-directors when they were high school dance students and I was a guest artist. They had imagination and guts as young dancers and I have followed their work over the years. This new piece ignited my passion for environmental awareness because it’s about trash and our culture of waste. This is really relevant material.”

About “Gyre [ˈjī(ə)r/]”

“Gyre” explores the phenomenon of “trash‐island”, a floating mass of trash that has collected in the Pacific Ocean, estimated to be the size of Texas. “Trash-island” is continually created and re-created by the tides and gyre of the ocean. Through movement, sculpture, and costume, Proving Ground investigates nature’s sculpture utilizing found items they’ve collected from the gutters and watersheds across the region. “Gyre” conveys a message about the drastic ways in which humanity and nature coexist.

About Proving Ground Movement

Proving Ground Movement was co-founded in 2000 by Paulina Guerrero and Hannah Kerr, who have been choreographic partners in crime since high school. Proving Ground Movement can best be described as an experimental performance art laboratory. Through an interdisciplinary approach and the use of multi-media, we strive to shatter perceptions of movement modalities, performance, space and disciplinary constructs. Our works aim to push all boundaries of performance art using diverse movement styles that lead to strangely compelling new forms. These forms are often views as quirky, arresting, elusive, and provoking. The intent of our vision is to push past the barriers of traditional dance to reach a new place of expression.


Tickets are $20 per adult. Group rates and student discounts available. Please contact Neena@joesmovement.org for more information. For more info, visit the website or call 301-699-1819.


Joe’s Movement Emporium is the largest independent performing arts center in Prince George’s County, MD. Founded in 1995, it is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that incorporates dance, movement and performing arts traditions from around the world into exceptional educational and artistic experiences. Joe’s unique ability to utilize the arts as a vehicle for progressive education, workforce training and economic growth have made it one of the most well- respected nonprofit organizations in the region.

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