Photo by Victoria Sendra, featuring Mei Yamanaka and Doug LeCours, performing in Of Granite and Glass choreographed by Catherine Galasso

Lower Manhattan Cultural Council (LMCC) presents the 2018 River To River Festival, Downtown New York City’s completely free summer arts festival, from June 15–24.

This year’s 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.

Highlights include:

  • MasterVoicesNaamah’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 performance installation by Cori Olinghouse set in an American landscape of Twinkies and Wonder Bread, which excavates the effects of television, the media, and familial pasts as portals
  • Of Granite and Glass, a site-specific interpretation by choreographer Catherine Galasso and her dancers where space is transformed into a singular spectacle as they move between episodic and virtuosic movements on multiple planes, shaped closely by the grandeur and intrigue of Cesar Pelli’s grand marble staircase at the Winter Garden at Brookfield Place.
  • enrico d. wey’s silent :: partner at 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.
  • It’s Showtime NYC, a site-responsive intervention on the steps of Federal Hall by one the city’s largest street dance companies

The River To River Festival is presented by Lower Manhattan Cultural Council (LMCC). LMCC empowers artists by providing them with networks, resources, and support to create vibrant, sustainable communities in Manhattan and beyond. Visit for more information and to learn about residencies, grants, and other programs and opportunities for artists.

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