Photos From Fragility: A Game of Polyrhythms at Governor's Island

Performance by Susie Ibarra and the DreamTime Ensemble

Last weekend, composer and percussionist Susie Ibarra performed Fragility: A Game of Polyrhythms in the beautiful outdoor surroundings of Governor's Island. A musical game piece featuring the DreamTime Ensemble, Fragility invites members of the audience to conduct the ensemble through rhythms and musical motifs. Using polyrhythms as a model for human interdependence, the work is a staging of relationships with the game element allowing for a spirited shifting of roles and perspectives in live musical experimentation.

Fragility: A Game of Polyrhythms builds upon explorations conducted in Ibarra's previous work, the Creative Common Ground-supported Fragility: An Exploration of Polyrhythms, which premiered at Asia Society in June 2018. The performance of Fragility: A Game of Polyrhythms was presented in partnership with Harvestworks and the New York Electronic Art Festival.

Formed by Ibarra, the DreamTime Ensemble includes Claudia Acuña (vocals), Yves Dharamraj (cello), Cornelius Dufallo (violin), Yuka C. Honda (electronics), Susie Ibarra (drumset and percussion), and Jake Landau (guitar, banjo, and keyboard). Check out our favorite photos from the performance!


Fragility: A Game of Polyrhythms at Governor's Island
Susie Ibarra leads the DreamTime Ensemble in a performance of 'Fragility: A Game of Polyrhythms' at Governor's Island, July 13, 2019. (Ellen Wallop/Asia Society)
Fragility: A Game of Polyrhythms at Governor's Island
The performance included and encouraged audience participation from specatators of all ages. (Ellen Wallop/Asia Society)
Fragility: A Game of Polyrhythms at Governor's Island
DreamTime Ensemble's Yuka C. Honda performs in 'Fragility: A Game of Polyrhythms.' (Ellen Wallop/Asia Society)
Fragility: A Game of Polyrhythms at Governor's Island
DreamTime Ensemble members Yves Dharamraj (foreground) and Claudia Acuña. (Ellen Wallop/Asia Society)
Fragility: A Game of Polyrhythms at Governor's Island
A young fan enthusiastically participates in the game of polyrhythms. (Ellen Wallop/Asia Society)
Fragility: A Game of Polyrhythms at Governor's Island
Jake Landau of the DreamTime Ensemble. (Ellen Wallop/Asia Society)
Fragility: A Game of Polyrhythms at Governor's Island
Audience members conduct the ensemble during the performance. (Ellen Wallop/Asia Society)
Fragility: A Game of Polyrhythms
DreamTime Ensemble violinist Cornelius Dufallo. (Ellen Wallop/Asia Society)
Fragility: A Game of Polyrhythms
Vocalist Claudia Acuña and a supportive young friend. (Ellen Wallop/Asia Society)
Fragility: A Game of Polyrhythms
Susie Ibarra and the DreamTime Ensemble. L-R: Jake Landau (guitar, banjo, and keyboard), Yuka C. Honda (electronics), Susie Ibarra (drumset and percussion), Claudia Acuña (vocals), Yves Dharamraj (cello), Cornelius Dufallo (violin). (Ellen Wallop/Asia Society)
Fragility: A Game of Polyrhythms
The next generation of polyrhythm practitioners rehearses. (Ellen Wallop/Asia Society)