Sat, June 17 from 12:30-5:00pm

Sun, June 18 from 12:30-5:00pm

Fri, June 23 from 7:30-9:30

Sat, June 24 from 1:00-9:30pm

Sun, June 25 from 1:00-5:00pm

Various performances across Governors Island

and additional location in Lower Manhattan TBD*


Commissioned by Lower Manhattan Cultural Council


“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 and near Governors Island over the two weekends of the River To River Festival.


Performances include:

The Set Up: Proeung Chhieng: Ghost

The Set Up: Heni Winahyuningsih: Princess

The Set Up: Nyoman Catra: Time

The Set Up: Saya Lei: Show

The Set Up: Jean Christophe Pare: Sleep

The Set Up: Kapila Venu: Story

Master Artist Performance Proeung Chhieng

Master Artist Performance: Heni Winahyuningsih

Master Artist Performance: Kapila Venu

Moderated Discussion


Featured Image Credit: Adam Shecter

A production of WCV, Inc., this project is made possible by Lower Manhattan Cultural Council’s Extended Life Dance Development program made possible in part by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation; Asian Cultural Council; Creative Capital; National Endowment for the Arts; the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature; New Music USA; and the


Space for The Set Up was generously donated by the National Park Service and the Trust for Governors Island.

Wally Cardona (choreographer, Brooklyn)

Jennifer Lacey (choreographer, Paris)

Nyoman Catra (master artist, Bali)

Proeung Chhieng (master artist, Phnom Penh)

Junko Fisher (master artist, Okinawa)

Saya Lei (master artist, Mandalay)

Jean-Christophe Paré (master artist, Paris)

Kapila Venu (master artist, Kerala)

Heni Winahyuningsih (master artist, Yogyakarta)

Jonathan Bepler (composer, Berlin)

Reiko Fueting (composer, New York City)

Megan Schubert (composer, New York City)