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Lower Manhattan Cultural Council (LMCC)


Various locations in Lower Manhattan


Friday, June 15, 2018 - 1:00pm daily through June 24, 2018


Lower Manhattan Cultural Council (LMCC)



Naamah’s Ark, MasterVoices’ dramatic oratorio telling the story of Noah’s Ark from the perspective of Noah’s wife

GRANDMA, Cori Olinghouse’s multimedia choreographic exploration of aging and ghosts of the American South

Of Granite and Glass, Catherine Galasso’s site-specific dance inspired by Boccaccio’s Decameron

silent :: partner, Enrico D. Wey’s bodily exploration of memory and memorialization

LES Citizens Parade, a Lower East Side collaboration between choreographer Naomi Goldberg Haas and visual artist Laura Nova

The Supper Club, photo selections from Elia Alba’s multi-disciplinary project

PLUS, Night at the Museums and Tribeca Art + Culture Night


Lower Manhattan Cultural Council (LMCC) presents the 17th annual River To River Festival, Downtown New York City’s completely free summer arts festival, June 15–24. The 2018 edition celebrates New York City’s historic and geographic breadth, while looking to the future of the city in its multiplicity of voices and perspectives. River To River presents an array of performances and events exploring and celebrating diversity in all its forms—often blurring the lines between genres including dance, music, theater and the visual arts—over 10 days at over 40 unique sites, institutions, and venues across Lower Manhattan.

“I am thrilled that River To River will once again bring together people of different generations and backgrounds to experience free public art in iconic spaces throughout Lower Manhattan,” remarks Diego Segalini, LMCC’s Executive Director, Finance & Administration. “Notably, this year’s Festival will bring participatory performances to the Lower East Side, an area where we have increased our activity in recent years to make art accessible to all.”

“The River To River Festival transforms the landscape of Lower Manhattan and works with artists and communities to explore lesser known pasts, presents and futures of our neighborhoods,” says Danielle King, LMCC’s Director of Cultural Programs and curator of the Festival. “I’m thrilled to be presenting artists who are alumnae of LMCC’s artist empowerment programs, whose practices have been influenced by working in Lower Manhattan and whose ideas and perspectives shift our understanding of site, history and each other.”


River To River 2018 presents:

  • MasterVoices’ Naamah’s Ark in Rockefeller Park, a dramatic oratorio about the world after the Great Flood, as told from the perspective of Naamah, wife of Noah. Composed by Marisa Michelson with libretto by Royce Vavrek, performed by MasterVoices—led by Artistic Director Ted Sperling—with guest community choruses and featuring Victoria Clark in the role of Naamah;
  • GRANDMA, a multimedia, choreographic portrait of aging and ghosts of the American South by Cori Olinghouse;
  • Of Granite and Glass, Catherine Galasso’s site-specific interpretation of Boccaccio’s 14th-century narrative Decameron at the Winter Garden at Brookfield Place;
  • Enrico D. Wey’s silent :: partnerat Federal Hall, a bodily exploration of memory and memorialization and a contemporary rumination on what remains and what falls;
  • LES Citizens Parade, a collaboration between choreographer Naomi Goldberg Haas and visual artist Laura Nova with senior residents of NYC’s Lower East Side celebrating movement, improvisational community collaboration and the merging of performance into everyday life;
  • A street-side installation of a selection of portraits from The Supper Club, acclaimed artist Elia Alba’s multi-disciplinary project featuring images of artists and creators of color;
  • Night at the Museums, an annual evening of free admission to cultural institutions and museums downtown;
  • The summer edition of Tribeca Art + Culture Night, a quarterly stroll through Tribeca’s fast-growing gallery district including 20+ galleries and performance spaces.

River To River provides world-class, free summer arts and cultural experiences downtown, inspiring residents, workers and visitors by connecting them to the best of the arts, the creative process and unique places. For audiences of one to crowds of thousands, River To River provides an intense and rewarding way to experience and discover Lower Manhattan’s waterfronts, parks, plazas and history.

River To River also empowers its artist-creators to extend the life of existing work and experiment with new ideas by inviting artists to create site-specific works as well as site-responsive versions of premiere performances.

River To River is made possible with support from American Express, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, and New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, as well as other underwriters. See below for full list of supporters.



Catherine Galasso’s "Of Granite and Glass," photo by Victoria Sendra.

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