Paloma McGregor’s “Building a Better Fishtrap”


Choreographer Paloma McGregor (U.S. Virgin Islands) with Patricia McGregor and Angela’s Pulse Performance Projects present “Building a Better Fishtrap,” the third major installment of this iterative project. Two simultaneous performances will be activated along the Bronx River on June 23, 2018, at 11:30am and 3:30pm. Audiences can board boats at Starlight Park or Hunts Point Riverside Park, then will ride to Concrete Plant Park and return to their respective starting locations (two-hour trip) in Bronx, New York: Starlight Park (1490 Sheridan Expressway) and Hunts Point Riverside Park (1409 Lafayette Avenue).

“Building a Better Fishtrap” is rooted in the reclamation of her 92-year-old father’s vanishing fishing tradition, the work centers on three central questions that arise when you leave your ancestral home: What do you take with you? Leave behind? Return to reclaim?

Building a Better Fishtrap / from the river’s mouth is a performance ritual that honors and embodies the stories and spirit of the Bronx River. Created through collaboration with dozens of artists and community members, the work takes audiences by boat on a 1.5-mile stretch of the once embattled waterway; along the way, passengers encounter kaleidoscopic installations that draw from the river’s rich past and present, as well as hopes for her future. The boats will be piloted by docents from Bronx-based partner organizations.


Dance Magazine writes: Since 2005 Paloma McGregor has brought her intense quality to Urban Bush Women in Brooklyn. She embodies Jawole Willa Jo Zollar’s marriage of power and sensuality, with moments of sharpness thrown in—almost like she could pop and lock. She’s got expansive arms and a deep, juicy plié and you can’t miss her in the group. With her lifelong collaborator and sister, Patricia, she is co-founder of Angela’s Pulse Performance Projects, and is also guest artistic director of INSPIRIT Dance Company. Her choreographic work has been presented at Bronx Academy of Art and Dance, SolarOne Solar Powered Arts Festival, and the New Dance Group, as well as Dance Place in Washington, DC, MOCA Cleveland, and Cleveland Public Theatre. McGregor teaches dance and writing workshops throughout the country.

Interviewed for the “Why I Dance” section of Dance Magazine, McGregor explains, “Dance was my first love. As a Caribbean kid, raised on Carnival and calypso music, it was second nature. My mom says I even danced in the womb. At 8, I discovered that two of my greatest gifts—athleticism and showing off—were rewarded in something called dance class. Formal training with Caribbean Dance Company in St. Croix offered me a sense of purpose and an official-sounding label I relished: dancer.”

Patricia McGregor, co-founder of Angela’s Pulse, is a director and writer from St. Croix, US Virgin Islands. The New York Times has twice profiled her for her direction of world premieres. Recent credits include the world premiere of Lights Out: Nat “King Cole” (People’s Light), Skeleton Crew (Studio Theater), the world premiere of Good Grief (Center Theater Group), Measure for Measure (The Old Globe), The Parchman Hour (Guthrie Theater), Hamlet (The Public Theater), the NY premiere of Ugly Lies the Bone (Roundabout Theatre Company), the NY premiere of brownsville song (b-side for tray) (Lincoln Center Theater), the world premiere of Stagger Lee (Dallas Theater Center), the world premiere of Hurt Village (Signature Theatre Company), the world premieres of Holding It Down and Blood Dazzler (Harlem Stage), and the world premiere of The House That Would Not Stand (Berkeley Rep/Yale Rep). [. . .] She was a Paul & Daisy Soros Fellow at Yale School of Drama, where she earned her MFA and served as Artistic Director of the Yale Cabaret.

For more on the “Building a Better Fishtrap” project, see

For more on both sisters, see

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