River to River Festival

Jun 15, 2017 – Jun 25
12:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Governors Island National Monument
Soissons Landing

Photo by Darial Snee; Efrat Asherie Dance, River To River 2016

Join us for the 16th annual River To River Festival, June 14–25! The 2017 edition presents 12 days of dance, music, theater and the visual arts — 100 + performances and events spanning 17 projects at 31 unique sites across Lower Manhattan and Governors Island. The Festival also offers opportunities for audiences to interact with artists, socialize and experience multiple facets of artists’ work and the creative process.

“River To River is a platform for diverse voices and untold stories. The Festival explores Lower Manhattan and nearby Governors Island with forward-thinking, boundary-blurring artists across all disciplines to reveal both new and existing—but often overshadowed—contemporary narratives about the waterfront, the built environment and the past, present and future of our neighborhood. LMCC and the Festival are identifying and illuminating local, pressing artistic and social issues in the global context of New York City. With the Festival, we carry on an ever-important legacy of artists making work in and for the public sphere, particularly in Lower Manhattan, and we are committed to continuing to offer this free programming to all audiences!”


by Wally Cardona & Jennifer Lacey

“Many dances on an ISLAND, a GHOST of what they were, having lost details during a long SLEEP but nevertheless the PRINCESS of their destiny. This TIME it is one STORY, full of fortuitous meetings, grave errors and happy misunderstandings. It’s a SHOW folks!”—Wally Cardona and Jennifer Lacey

THE SET UP: ISLAND GHOST SLEEP PRINCESS TIME STORY SHOW has been setting itself up for five years now. The multiple dances, co-created by Jennifer Lacey and Wally Cardona, are made in collaboration with seven master artists who have dedicated their lives to their respective dance traditions: I Nyoman Catra (Balinese Topeng), Proeung Chhieng (Cambodian), Junko Fisher (Okinawan), Saya Lei (Mandalay-style, classical Burmese), Jean-Christophe Paré (French baroque), Kapila Venu (Indian Kutiyattam) and Heni Winahyuningsih (Javanese refined). Between 2012–2016, each of the dances was created very rapidly, one by one, immediately following an encounter with each master artist. Each dance was made and performed in its own distinct location. Now, for the first, last and only time, the dances—featuring live music by Jonathan Bepler, Reiko Fueting and Megan Schubert—will be presented on Governors Island over the two weekends of the River To River Festival.

Performances June 17-18 and June 24-25 12-6 PM *

* For a full schedule of performances, please visit lmcc.net/event/the-set-up

OPEN STUDIOS with Process Space artists-in-residence

As part of the River To River Festival, LMCC invites audiences to meet Process Space artists-in-residence in their studios at the Arts Center at Governors Island. Our Process Space artists open their doors for the public to see a wide range of artwork from live performance and theatre to painting and sculpture. This event offers festivalgoers a chance to see works in process and to open discussion with the artists.

June 24, 12-5 PM

LMCC’s Art Center on Governors Island (Building 110)


by Kameelah Janan Rasheed

In A Supple Perimeter, Rasheed begins with her research into ecology, entropy and black traditions of experimental writing to construct an immersive ecosystem of existing and self-authored texts, unfinished videos, projections, objects and excerpts of sound experiments that comment on selective legibility; the tension between public and private selves; black traditions of covert literacies and language systems; technologies of counter-surveillance; as well as systems of self-publishing. Delicately moving between opacity and transparency, interiority and public pronouncements, in A Supple Perimeter bodies of work are burrowed into the walls, others erupt from the corners, while some only become visible through specific physical engagements. Faced with the assertion of an ahistorical and stable Black subject who is both publicly available and fungible, Rasheed invites the audience to engage with an unstable installation space that mirrors the agility of Blackness, her blackness, in an installation that will shift in form and content over the course of the installation period using a set of rules derived from constrained writing techniques and performance scores.

Daily, June 15-25, 12-5 PM

Reception: Sat June 24, 3-5 PM

LMCC’s Arts Center on Governors Island (Building 110)


by Kameelah Janan Rasheed

Accompanying the Arts Center exhibition, LMCC will also present Rasheed’s If/Then (2014-present) and Questions (2017) on the façade of the historic Fort Jay Theater on Governors Island using the existing poster cases and original marquee board. Taking advantage of a space that would have typically advertised live entertainment and movies from 1939-1996 to U.S. military and their families living and working on Governors Island, Rasheed’s new project Questions and the ongoing If/Then both aim to create a different kind of moment of pause for a viewer: to consider an existential question or to process the association of poignant, two-word alliterative phrases, all composed by the artist.

Daily, June 15-25, 12-5 PM

Fort Jay Movie Theater

Reception: Sat June 24, 3-5 PM

View and download a PDF of the River To River Festival Calendar here, and view and download a PDF of the River To River 2017 Program.

Getting There
5 Minutes from Soissons Landing 10 Minutes from Yankee Pier
3 Minutes from Soissons Landing 5 Minutes from Yankee Pier