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Raju Mann

President & CEO
  • 06/07
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Presented in partnership with Battery Park City Authority, Nattie Trogdon + Hollis Barnett’s Fallacies will take place on June 8-9 at Rockefeller Park, and John P. Hastings’ South Cove Song (overlay) on June 16 at South Cove. Aligning with LMCC’s 50th-anniversary celebrations, the free event series will feature 13 projects of live art, performances, and participatory events in public spaces throughout Downtown New York. 

Lower Manhattan Cultural Council (LMCC) is pleased to announce the 23rd annual River To River Festival, taking place June 7-23, 2024. Celebrating local artists and honoring creative diversity across disciplines, the River To River Festival is Downtown New York City’s leading free summer arts festival. 

Aligning with LMCC’s 50th-anniversary celebration, the 2024 festival keeps the celebrations rolling. The 2024 festival features LMCC residency and grants alumni working across disciplines, with a captivating array of dance, music, video, installation, and exhibitions that reflect the interdisciplinary, diverse ethos of LMCC and the site specificity of Lower Manhattan. 

This year, LMCC, in partnership with Battery Park City Authority, presents performances at two distinct sites in Battery Park City. Nattie Trogdon + Hollis Barnett’s Fallacies will take place on June 8-9 at Rockefeller Park and John P. HastingsSouth Cove Song (overlay) on June 16 at South Cove.

“For more than 20 years, the River To River Festival has enlivened downtown’s public spaces as part of LMCC’s broader work to champion independent artists and the cultural life force of Lower Manhattan,” said BPCA President & CEO Raju Mann. “This year we’re proud to provide the natural beauty and inspiration of Rockefeller Park and South Cove with the Festival artists, and delighted to have yet another unique way to connect people with the parks.”

Nattie Trogdon + Hollis Bartlett: Fallacies
Performances: June 8-9, 7-8PM
Workshop: June 9, 5PM
Rockefeller Park, Battery Park City

Fallacies blurs the lines between original source and personal interpretation, constructing dance from a dancer’s perspective. Distorting referential choreography to reveal new patterns and physical possibilities, the piece materializes as a Rorschach test of dance. When the movement is stripped down, audience members are encouraged to question what they see and how Fallacies makes invisible embodied histories visible through the lens of its performers.

In addition to performances June 8 and 9, audiences are invited to join a workshop with choreographers Nattie Trogdon + Hollis Bartlett at 5pm on Sunday, June 9 to learn movement from Fallacies, gaining insight into the piece’s various original sources before seeing the performance that evening.

Choreography: Nattie Trogdon + Hollis Bartlett in collaboration with the performers
Performed by: Katerina Belmatch, Sienna Blaw, Dwayne Brown, Brendan Drake, and Noa Rui-Piin Weiss
Costumes by: Marlene Hamm 
Sound: “Dehors” and “Dedans” by Francisco Meirino and Bruno Duplant

John P. Hastings: South Cove Song (overlay)
June 16, 2024
4PM + 6PM
South Cove, Battery Park City
Performers: John P. Hastings; Aaron Meicht, Music Director & Trumpet; 12-Piece Ensemble, TILT Brass

John P. Hastings’ South Cove Song (overlay) is a site-specific music performance, featuring a brass ensemble, centered on the past(s), present(s), and future(s) of Lower Manhattan. Human interaction with the natural landscape and the built environment is questioned, reframed, and reassembled through sonic interventions in South Cove Park, the site of artist Mary Miss’s project (created with Stanton Eckstut and Susan Child in 1987), The performance is partly an homage to the visionary artist’s work, while also drawing inspiration from the musical and textual accretion of materials, 17th century Dutch melodies, Romantic-era seafaring novels, and the contemporary resiliency plans for Lower Manhattan designed to mitigate against unstoppable natural forces. 

Please check www.LMCC.net/R2R for up-to-date information.

Fallacies was developed in part through residences and support from Marble House Project, Coffey Street Studios, Amanda + James,  14th Street Y and Lower Manhattan Cultural Council’s Arts Center Residency program. Additionally this project was supported, in part, by a Foundation for Contemporary Arts Emergency Grant.

Fallacies and South Cove Song are presented by LMCC in partnership with Battery Park City Authority as part of the River To River Festival.


Leadership Support
Mellon Foundation 
Dance Reflections by Van Cleef & Arpels

Major Support
Battery Park City Authority
The Howard Hughes Corporation 

Friends of The Festival 
New York City Department of Cultural Affairs
Mertz Gilmore Foundation
New York State Council on the Arts
The Howard Gilman Foundation
Harkness Foundation for Dance
Goldman Sachs

Presenting Partners
28 Liberty
BGX Gallery (Black Gotham Experience)
101 Greenwich
The Monster Bar
South Street Seaport Museum
The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center

Created in the aftermath of 9/11 with the intention to heal and celebrate New Yorkers’ resiliency through the power of art, the River To River Festival is an opportunity for New Yorkers to engage with their local artistic community across disciplines. A champion of independent artmaking since 1973, and the driving force behind this unique festival for over 20 years, the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council has been a proud proponent of the experimentation and exploration that the festival provides to the community. LMCC is marking five decades of championing independent artists and fostering vibrant cultural communities throughout New York City. Manhattan’s Arts Council, LMCC has expanded its work and reach beyond Lower Manhattan over the years and LMCC now serves the entirety of the borough, from Governors Island to Inwood. 50 years on, the organization stands as a pillar of strength, boasting renowned artist service programs and a rich and diverse alumni community. For 50 years, LMCC has sustained the city’s arts landscape, spearheading cultural revitalization efforts in the Financial District after 9/11 and securing essential resources for artist communities affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The annual River To River Festival presents live art and installation in exceptional public spaces throughout downtown New York. Free and open to the public, the River To River Festival celebrates artistic and creative diversity across disciplines, partnering with leading institutions in Lower Manhattan to celebrate the city as a site of human connection and creative exploration.

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