Governor’s Island welcomed IFSW as a roving, interactive, dance-theater performance in August of 2014. Performer / facilitators roamed the fields of historic park located on an island just a fairly boat ride away for both Brooklyn and Manhattan. They invited tourists and city-dwellers to participate in IFSW by filling out a postcard.

The statements were then woven into a dance-theater piece that centered around human connection and the impact of fleeting interaction. The performance took place at a designated location at specific times of day, over the course of the weekend. Between performances, the performers would gather additional statements and share information about the next performance.


151 visitors to Governors Island completed the statement "I feel safe when ...." Their stories were then integrated into a site-specific, dance-theater piece. Their responses where then sorted and grouped in the following categories:

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47 Responses

Makes reference to and is dependent on others (family, friends, loved ones, partners, animals, children, ‘people’).

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34 Responses

Conveys a narrative story that contains a tangible physical feeling.

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19 Responses

Refers to a specific place (without people), primarily, as a provider of / container for safety.


13 Responses

Has to do with self, state of mind or state of being, evocative of emotion (state of being).

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10 Responses

Contains statements that are completely self reliant – reflects complete autonomy in relationship to safety.

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10 Responses

Reflects a sense of safety being fulfilled by one's material needs being met.

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9 Responses

Situations or circumstances that create a sense of safety (or an unsafe feeling).

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5 Responses

Relates a certain reliance on religious or spiritual guidance or practice.


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2 Responses

Expresses behaviors believes practices that reflect specific political leanings or ethical mandates.

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2 Responses

Eelates to having structure and organization in space, time, or thoughts.

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1 Response

Refers to disappearing, being invisible, or completely removing oneself from view.


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