When Hurricane Sandy struck Fire Island in 2012, it devastated many parts of the island. The site for Landing 2020 wasn't created by devastation, in fact some conclude it benefited the ecology of the surrounding area. The Atlantic ocean breached the island in a few locations, this location being one of them. With the breach, sand and freshwater reached the Great South Bay, creating a small cove or bay beach, which has since become more marsh overgrown with decaying trees, grasses, and washed-up debris from Long Island. Most residents and visitors don't know of this area or its story. Guests arriving to Landing spread themselves out along the shoreline anticipating the advertised landing, a parachute falling from the sky. While the audience was eagerly awaiting, artists/performers Puppies Puppies (Jade Kuriki Olivo) and Bri Williams emerged naked wading through the shallow waters only protected by life vests. Their attached parachutes were trailing behind. As they struggled to the shore towards the audience, their parachutes filled with water and debris making the journey more difficult. What had happened? Where did they come from? Did the audience miss their descent? Did they not land in the right place? In only 3 minutes, they made their way to the shore and disappeared into the distance. The performance was over.
Drawing from cinematic movie endings and unresolved story conclusions, Landing was both. It was filmed like a live set. The surrounding nature, dramatic, even apocalyptic. Like many unresolved stories, people left confused, some amused. One common saying resonated, "to land on your feet," a hopeful saying, and often the expectation from so many unfair trials and tribulations. But what happens when one doesn't "land on their feet?" 2020 has been a challenging year, to say the least.