The Invisible City


The Invisible City was a 5-week, site-specific, experimental arts lab exploring public space in Downtown Tucson. The project, which I co-directed with Lisa Bowden, was collaboration between NEW ARTiculations Dance Theatre and Kore Press, a Tucson-based feminist press.

Location: Tucson, AZ

Through writing, dance, music, and visual art, we envisioned and utilized new workspaces out of vacant parking lots, city plazas, and sidewalks. Our “laboratory experiment” culminated with a performance incorporating video projection, spoken word, live music, and modern dance on the roof of the Pennington Street Parking Garage.

See videos, more images, writings, and lab results from The Invisible City at

The Invisible City brought together over 20 women artists to create texts, dances, sound pieces, film, photographs, and drawings within the Tucson’s urban core. It was an experiment in how to merge the creative processes of artists working in distinct genres in the city where we live. A city slow to revitalize. A city that has historically valued highways and tract housing developments over central plazas, affordable live/workspaces, and desert landscape. A city in which public space became decentralized, dehumanized, and “invisible.”


Best of Tucson, 2009. Tucson Weekly. “Best Dancing in the Streets” awarded to The Invisible City!

Tucson Weekly, Nov. 13, 2008. “Desire to Inspire: NEW ARTiculations Dance and Kore Press team up to use downtown as their studio and performance space,” by Margaret Regan.

Downtown Tucsonan, Oct. 2008. “The Invisible City: An arts experiment in downtown public space,” by Katie Johnson.

The Invisible City hit a home run.

Roberto Bedoya Director, Tucson-Pima Arts Council

It was simply beautiful—the garage and the falling night and the audience were as much active participants as all of you. I loved the movement, the interactions, the video, the poetry and the sound. Fabulous project, fabulous performance.

Sam Ace Audience Member

Amazing project—really moving and I loved experiencing Pennington Street garage so differently. It also inspired `{`my 3-year-old son`}` to perform a re-enactment of the final piece at home later. I couldn’t ask for more than that!

Rachel Villarreal Audience Member