Herstory of the Universe@Governors Island
"Best of Dance 2021" The New York Times
Richard Move’s mystical “Herstory of the Universe,” a series of site-specific vignettes on
Governors Island in October, delivered some of the year’s most enchanting
performances — and costumes, designed by Karen Young. As I watched PeiJu Chien-
Pott (formerly of the Martha Graham Dance Company) bolt along a hillside path in a
billowing orange dress, I thought: I will follow her anywhere. Her magnetic energy did
full justice to the inspiration for her character, the Japanese sun goddess Amaterasu.
And the intrepid Lisa Giobbi, as a hamadryad — a forest nymph from Greek mythology
— seemed to defy the laws of physics with her aerial, arboreal performance, as she
scaled the branches of a sturdy old tree, hoisted aloft with ropes. Perfectly at home
there, she cast a spell... Excerpt from "Best Dance of 2021" The New York Times by Siobhan Burke
Conceived and Directed by Richard Move
Choreography by Richard Move with the cast
Costumes by Karen Young
Map by Connie Fleming
Stage Management by Donalee Katz
Public Relations by Janet Stapleton
Hair / Make - Up by Nicole De Santis
Project Assistant - Hilarie Rose Spangler
Commissioned by the Trust for Governors Island with support from:
Charina Endowment Fund
Stavros Niarchos Foundation
Donald A. Pels Charitable Trust
Made possible in part with public funds from Creative Engagement, supported by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs
in partnership with the City Council administered by: Lower Manhattan Cultural Council
NYU TSOA Dean’s Faculty Grant
NYU TSOA *This is Not a Drill* Fellowship
Harkness Foundation for Dance Project Grant.
The project was developed in residency at the Catwalk Institute.
Richard Move/MoveOpolis! is a participant in Lower Manhattan Cultural Council’s Residency program at the Arts Center on Governors Island and a resident artist of the Climate Museum on Governors Island.
Special thanks to NYPL for the Performing Arts / Jerome Robbins Dance Division
and Nel Shelby Productions for video documentation and to Slobodan Randjelović for still photography.