Petra Zanki Dance Co.

The Garden Project
Artistic Discipline: Interdisciplinary
Category: Brooklyn Arts Fund
Grant Year: 2024
Location: Bedford-Stuyvesant

Led by ideas of inclusion, growth mindset, and diversity, Petra’s choreographic work examines “How can the art I make contribute to positive change in the world (Not just naming what’s wrong but enacting what is better.). Combining the work of an artivist with a choreographer, she is bringing gardening, choreography, and music together to explore the kinds of communities we want in a post-Pandemic world. Petra's main interest in The Garden Project "is "how to grow a strong community (of gardeners, dancers) with love as the dominant force and fuel for that community. A community where people can support each other, working towards the common good placed above individual interests and gains. Based on philosopher Martin Buber's work "Ich und DU," her interest lies in Buber's claim that love is not a relation of subject to object but rather a relation in which both members are subjects and share the unity of being. Embodying various relationships abstractly, she will parallel her efforts as a community builder in 721 Decatur Community Garden. Through contact, acrobatics, partnering, balancing, counterpoint, etc. in co-creation with dancers and musicians, she will choreograph a series of performances presented in the garden and various venues in NYC.