With just 2 days until the 2014 Festival begins, we hope you enjoy this meaty interview with LMCC’s Director of Cultural Programs, Melissa Levin, in this week’s Broadsheet.
New this year is a concentrated 11-day schedule of music, dance and performance events that are tied together thematically and draw from national and international artists in addition to local performers. “We are excited about creating different tracks in movement, sound and visual arts, looking broadly at what artists are making and listening to in New York and internationally,” said Melissa Levin, Director of Cultural Programs at LMCC. “By creating these concentrated experiences, we hope audiences will experience a connecting thread, while still maintaining the delight of just happening upon a performance on their way home from work or to the subway — so people can engage both accidentally and intentionally.”
The festival remains free of charge and is still being staged at various public waterfront areas, parks and plazas south of Chambers Street. As always, music in all its forms is a major part of 2014 River To River, with two concert series, Ex-Situ and Fronteras, bookending the festival. “An important idea for us,” explained Ms. Levin, “is looking at how contemporary artists may be interpreting and/or breaking away from tradition.”