Together with the Goethe-Institut Washington and the European Union National Institutes of Culture (EUNIC), we supported a project with the city of Baltimore on creative placemaking. It was supported by the EU Delegation Washington DC, the EUNIC Cluster Fund and Artplace America. We brought the Prodigal Theatre Company from the UK to interact with local artists and their respective neighborhoods in Baltimore. The goal was to promote collaboration among European and American artists.
The Urban Playground Team invited people living in Baltimore's Station North district to get involved with a new design for the Penn Station Plaza, which greets visitors to the city at the main train station. Working with local sculptural and architectural artists, they used performance-parkour - a fusion of contemporary and urban dance with free running - as the basis to explore our relationship with the urban environment. The UPG Team had a residency at Penn Station Plaza, inviting young people to take part in performance-parkour, street dance, street-based arts and sport.
The Urban Playground Team is the world's first performance-parkour company. They coined the phrase to describe the fusion of contemporary and urban dance with authentic French parkour. Since 2006, one of parkour's co-creators, Malik Diouf, has been a principal company member.