The Expression Of The Soul XLIX -- artwork by Wladimiro Politano
The Expression Of The Soul XLIX (2010)
Wladimiro Politano

Judson Memorial Church and S/C Projects present


OCTOBER 2, 2021
11AM TO 6:30PM Judson Memorial Church 55 Washington Square South, New York, NY

A day of performance to celebrate New York Immigration Coalition, UnLocal, and Gente Unida

The event is free and open to the public with a suggested donation of $20

You may also make a donation online

“Because of the transient nature of human life, migration is the starting point for everybody.”
Mohsin Hamid
Photograph depicting two women embracing. The older woman on the left holds the younger woman's face in her hands
My Sister - Door of Hope (November 2017)
Photo by Tish Lampert
My Sister - Door of Hope (November 2017)
Photo by Tish Lampert

A Day of Performance that Surpasses Boundary

Please join us in celebrating migration as integral to the DNA of America, in a day that has humanity at its core: migration as the movement that is human life, the reality of ourselves, a shaper of evolution.

On Saturday, October 2, 2021, dancers, musicians, filmmakers, poets and immigration advocates will gather in community around the urgent issue of humanizing our immigration system. We ask the question what it means to engage ethically with another person’s history, and how that might transform us individually and as a society.

Conceived, directed and produced by dance maker Richard Colton, in collaboration with Judson Memorial Church, the event celebrates New York Immigration Coalition, UnLocal, and Gente Unida, three dynamic New York and San Diego-based organizations that create support systems for those navigating the immigration system.

Background image: Lucy's Daughters by Kiki Smith


Poet Claudia Rankine and The Racial Imaginary Institute with visual artist Xaviera Simmons; writer Margo Jefferson; Enrique Morones, Founder/Director of Gente Unida and Founder/Former Director of Border Angels; Anu Joshi of New York Immigration Coalition and Christhian Diaz UnLocal; Roger H. Brown, President of Berklee College of Music, Shagufa Habibi, girls sport and education advocate; Reverend Micah Bucey of Judson Memorial Church, music producer/activist Raoul Roach, and Gina Belafonte, Executive Director, Sankofa.


Special guests, Antonio Sanchez Band with Thana Alexa, Jordan Peters, Carmen Staaf, Noam Wiesenberg and poet Jonathan Mendoza performing from drummer/composer Sanchez's 2019 album Lines in the Sand, the brilliant music protest against injustice in our current political climate and a tribute to every immigrant’s journey.


Adelita Husni-Bey’s Chiron introduced by Husni-Bey, photojournalist Tish Lampert's documentary project The Path To Freedom edited by James Coblentz; and a new film collaboration, Ghost Presences, created by Emilio Rojas and poet Sibani Sen, edited by Jack Colton based on Lampert’s border landscape photography.

Paul Acosta, Production Manager for Movement Without Borders

Program subject to change

Health and Safety Protocols for this Event: In accordance with the health and safety guidelines of local officials, proof of vaccination will be required to attend this event. Valid proof of vaccination can be provided via CDC vaccination card (either physical or photo), Excelsior Pass, or NYC COVID Safe app. Masks will be required inside the venue at all times. 

Movement Without Borders

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Salut, Tijuana -- photograph by Tish Lampert The Expression Of The Soul by Wladimiro Politano Photograph by Tish Lampert depicting a sunset at the beach in Tijuana. Several people are walking along the water Photo of 'Convene' by Xaviera Simmons -- colorfully painted canoes lying along the East River in NYC Photograph by Tish Lampert showing someone cupping a butterfly in their hands The Expression Of The Soul -- artwork by Wladimiro Politano depicting a heavily stylized and abstract face painted in bright colors Migration Series by Jacob Lawrence depicting a group of people traveling with bird flying overhead A POV photo of two hands holding a torn picture of people jumping off of a boat Photograph by Tish Lampert showing children taking a class in a makeshift classroom Photograph by Tish Lampert showing 5 silhouetted figures walking along the beach at sunset Photograph by Tish Lampert showing two Nuns standing on the beach