River to River 2015
Lower Manhattan Cultural Council
New York, NY
June 18-28, 2015
by Martha Sherman
copyright © 2015 by Martha Sherman
Summer in New York City was welcomed back in a now treasured annual ritual, as the River to River festival returned downtown. In diverse locations – this year including the fabulous atrium of Federal Hall where Yanira Castro staged “Court/Garden,” to the sliver of alley that is Cannon’s Walk, behind a storefront at South Street Seaport, where Wally Cardona and associates hid away – the free dance, music, and visual art on display was diverse, often exhilarating. All the benefits and dangers of outdoor performance were also on display – blistering sunshine, mirrored surrounding waters, thundershowers – as well as the street and foot traffic that have long made each event idiosyncratic. In the most immediate way, the essence of performance is offered at R2R – each moment is unique. If you invest your time and attention, the rewards are abundant, under beautiful for spacious skies, in the light and shadow of Wall Street’s canyons.
Trisha Brown Dance Company in “Falling Duet (1).” Photo © Dariel Sneed.