COMING SOON: 2 weeks of Performance in The Window at 125 with ROVE

Using the frame of The Window at 125, Close Encounters explores how chance encounters can engender deeper connections and sustained interest, both figuratively and literally. Featuring artists Tony Carlson, Walter Dundervill, lonely goat, Molly Poerstel, and The Space We Make, this two-week installation gives audiences the opportunity to get intimate with each artist’s work.



When we view dance or performance, our visual interaction is often short and singular. Whether we’re sitting in the audience at the ballet or hurrying by a street performer, we look and then we look away.  Close Encounters offers viewers a chance look, and then look again.

Each artist will spend a full 11-hour day in the Window at 125, and then return for a second 11-hour installation in the series’ second week. The gesture of the artist returning for a second time offers not only the chance to see more from each artist, but to look closer, to get to know their work in a fuller and more intimate way.

The space will be inhabited by each artist 8am-7pm Monday-Friday and the performance is viewable from the sidewalk.

Join the artists and producers at the end of their day at Lily’s Bar in The Roger Smith Hotel for an extended happy hour from 5-8pm each day with a special ROVE cocktail.

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ROVE (formerly RoofTop Dance) seeks to support innovative artists in the performing arts, using available and non-traditional spaces to forge unexpected connections between artist, art, and audience.  ROVE seeks to support artists by offering visibility, community involvement, and discourse across the entire process of curating, creating, and presenting work. ROVE is dedicated to working ethically as presenters within the arts ecology, and bringing transparency, dialogue, and respect to all aspects of their work.

The Window at 125 presents The Introducing Series, an initiative that creates occasions for emerging artists to be formally introduced by an advocate of their work and champion of their future career. Artists will come from a spectrum of disciplines, including visual artists to performance artists, writers to musicians, film-makers. The series’ constant is the principle of an introduced artist, the variable element is the appropriately diverse composition of each event.

The Roger Smith is a family run hotel in Midtown Manhattan. For over 20 years the owners and staff have been committed to shaping and growing a diverse and organic cultural footprint both within the hotel and beyond.

For more information please contact Danika Druttman on 212.339.2092 or email