Work in Progress featuring Weber Dance, April 22 - May 8, 2011

Midway Studios, 15 Channel Center Street, Fort Point Channel, Boston

Come watch open rehearsals in a dramatic ground-floor raw space in Fort Point Channel. The piece is a collaboration between Weber Dance and scientist/author/adventurer Jon Turk and poet Andrew Arnett, which integrates storytelling, poetry and dance to explore the relationship between the scientific perspective and the realm of mystery and magic. It will premiere at the Cambridge Multicultural Arts Center in Oct. 2011. The dancers are visible through windows along Channel Center Street or from the mezzanine level inside, accessible through Midway Studio's lobby.


(Check Twitter for last-minute schedule changes.)

Friday, April 22, 5:30PM-7:30PM: REHEARSAL
Saturday, April 23, 9:30AM-2:00PM REHEARSAL
Sunday April 24, 9:30AM-12PM REHEARSAL
Monday, April 25, 9:30AM-11:30 MEETINGS
Tuesday April 26, 5:30PM-8:30PM REHEARSAL
Wednesday, April 27, 9:30AM-11:30 CLOSED MEETINGS
Thursday, April 28, 5:30PM-8:30PM REHEARSAL
Saturday, April 30, 12:30PM-3:00PM TECH REHEARSAL
Sunday, May 1, 9:30AM-12:00PM: RUN-THROUGH REHEARSAL

Friday, May 6
Weber Dance will be teaching roles to San Francisco based dancer, Becca Rozell, for an upcoming residency in Juneau Alaska. Becca will be learning three sections of dance over the course of three days.

6:00-8:00PM WRITER AT WORK * New Addition
Writer Jared Green will work on a piece called, “10-26: In the Ruins of the Memory Palace,” which is partly about taking stock of things he can no longer remember, including memories of his childhood. As he types, his "words in progress" will be projected live, two stories tall. Open to the public.

Saturday May 7, 11:30AM-4:30PM REHEARSAL
First hour: dancers, Shannon Humphreys and Jody Weber will revive Split Sense, a dance from the company's repertory that will be performed at the end of June. Weber Dance will continue the process of teaching parts to Becca Rozell. Remainder: other company dancers will join for parts of the rehearsal to facilitate her process.

Sunday May 8, 9:30AM to 12:30PM REHEARSAL
Full company plus guests will be working on the new dance. We will be assimilating dancers into their roles in particular groupings for various performances over the next two months.

Writer Jared Green, new addition to Work In Progress, will appear Friday, May 6, details above and on our blog here.


Work in Progress brings performing arts rehearsals to vacant storefronts in an effort to activate underutilized space and reveal the work that goes into dance, music, and theater before the curtain goes up. Project goals:
  • Temporarily re-purpose vacant storefront space, contribute to a more vibrant street-level culture, and stimulate local economic activity.
  • Provide an opportunity for local performing arts groups to engage new audiences by showcasing work prior to performance.
  • Provide free rehearsal space for local performing arts companies.


Work in Progress at Fort Point Channel was an experiment. One thing we worked on: finding a good balance between need of artists to have focused rehearsal and the desire of the audience to connect with what was going on.

A solution: we used a question box for the audience to submit questions to the dancers and choreographer, which were answered later on our web site.


Download Poster for Work In Progress
in Fort Point Channel April 22-May 8. (PDF 369 KB) Or download high rez version for printing (33 MB)

Download Press Release for Work In Progress
in Fort Point Channel April 22-May 8.
(PDF 274 KB)

Partner: Weber Dance

Weber Dance is a contemporary concert dance company led by Dr. Jody Weber. Performance schedule here. Weber Dance is no stranger to working in unconventional spaces and extending the reach of dance through unconventional means. Next year, through a project called Dance Core, Weber Dance will outfit a clean-energy powered-van with a portable dance floor, lighting, and sound equipment in order to take performances on the road to underserved communities throughout New England.

Partner: Midway Studios and HallKeen Real Estate

Midway Studios is the city's largest live/work community, situated in the heart of Fort Point Channel, Boston's vibrant, historic, artist neighborhood. It was developed in 2005 by the Fort Point Development Collaborative, a joint venture of Keen Development Corporation of Cambridge, MA, and the Fort Point Cultural Coalition. In recent years, the ground floor space has hosted performances of the Actors' Shakespeare Project, the Fort Point Theatre Channel and The Boston Conservatory.

SUPPORTER: Boston Dance Alliance

Boston Dance Alliance has developed a portable, sprung dance floor that can support a wide range of dance styles and movement activities. The floor can transform a space into a dance venue quickly and without any tools or additional hardware. Learn more about the floor here.

PARTNER: Ft. Point Arts Community Art Walk, May 6-8

The Art Walk is one of two annual open studios events organized by the Fort Point Arts Community, Inc. of South Boston, a non-profit community organization run by neighborhood artists and volunteers. Open Studios is an opportunity visit studios, meet artists, and see the work in the environment where it was created. Visitors to Open Studios pick up a map and directory brochure, and can walk from building to building, exploring the historic warehouse neighborhood of Fort Point. All Open Studios Events are free to the public, with free parking.


Courtney Moy, Art and Graphic Design

Our Recent Blog Posts about Work In Progress:

A reflection on Work In Progress from Jody Weber, Artistic Director, Weber Dance

Below is note from Jody Weber, reprinted with her permission, in which she reflects on our three weeks together on Work In Progress. Boston Street Lab couldn’t have asked for a better performing arts partner, and we learned so much from Jody and her company about how dance is rehearsed and what dancers need to […]

Work In Progress: the home stretch

Below is an updated schedule from Weber Dance for the final weekend of Work In Progress (open rehearsals in vacant storefronts) in Fort Point Channel. Tonight, we’ll also be featuring Jared Green, writer, who will be working live in the space. This weekend is Fort Point Channel Open Studios Weekend—things are happening all over the […]

Work In Progress: a writer at work.

On Sunday, after the dancers left for the day, we shut the doors to the Work In Progress space to work a new experiment. Over the next four hours, we created an installation that broadens Work In Progress in a remarkable way: we’re now able to show a writer at work, his words projected nearly […]

Work In Progress: Ask the Dancers

We’ve been experimenting with ways to connect the performing artists and the audience, while minimizing interruptions and disturbances. Here’s something we borrowed from our previous project, the Storefront Library, which included a question box for library patrons to drop a question for a volunteer librarian named Astrid. She would do her best to answer the […]

Work In Progress: When does the real show start?

During this morning’s open rehearsal, a man with a dog leaned against the mezzanine railing and watched a choreographer lead seven dancers through a new routine. On the way out, he asked, very politely, “when does the real show start?” Work In Progress is essentially about two things. The first is activation of underutilized space. […]

Work In Progress: Weber Dance and Jon Turk settle in

Weber Dance had a good, long rehearsal today. The space is functioning well, and the public is starting to drop in and watch. Jon Turk, author and collaborator on the dance piece took the stage and did some dramatic storytelling. Chris Engles was on the floor, capturing video for Weber Dance that we’ll link to […]

Work In Progress: one long day and we are underway

Weber Dance has taken the stage at Work In Progress. Join us during the next three weeks and watch them rehearse. Schedule here. Today was a long and fulfilling day for Boston Street Lab. Watch our own progress in the photo/video slideshow below. Thanks to Boston Street Lab’s Maggie Husak, who helped assemble the floor […]

Work In Progress launches tomorrow

Tomorrow, we’ll take this raw space and transform it into a rehearsal studio for seven dancers, a scientist, and a poet. And the public. Thank you to the staff at Midway Studios and the residents living above, who have already dropped by to say hello. Thank you to Weber Dance, Boston Dance Alliance, and Hallkeen […]

Work In Progress: meet the floor

When we compared music, theater and dance rehearsals for the launch of Work In Progress, dance was far and away the most challenging activity to produce in a vacant storefront. But we also thought dance would have the most impact. The solution: a custom-designed, modular, portable dance floor rented from the Boston Dance Alliance.   […]

Artist Courtney Moy contributes watercolor artwork and poster for Work In Progress

We’re excited to be working again with local artist Courtney Moy. Last year, she generously donated her time to create artwork for our project Films at the Gate (movie theater in a vacant lot). Now, she’s created artwork for Work In Progress—all on her own time, after working long hours by day. Thank you Courtney. […]

Work In Progress: meet the space

Preparations are underway for the launch of Work In Progress (open rehearsals in vacant storefronts), and we’ll be reporting about it here on the blog. Our first location in Fort Point Channel, Boston is a somewhat atypical vacant storefront situation—it has limited views from the street but is extraordinarily large at 20,000 square feet. Either […]

Boston Street Lab to launch Work In Progress on April 22: open rehearsals, vacant storefronts

We’re excited to announce the launch of Work In Progress, April 22 – May 8. Here’s the concept: performing arts rehearsals in vacant storefronts. It’s our take on Art Windows. Thank you to our space partner HallKeen Real Estate and our performing arts partner Weber Dance. Thanks also to Boston Street Lab’s own Maggie Husak […]

View all of our blog posts about the Work In Progress here.