New York Premiere
June 24 from 11:30am - 2:30pm
Anderson Contemporary in the Atrium at 180 Maiden Lane
180 Maiden Ln
New York, NY 10038
The Plaza at 88 Pine St.
88 Pine St
New York, NY 10005
June 25 from 11:30 a.m. -
155 Cedar St
New York, NY 10006
June 26 from 11:30 a.m. -
28 Liberty: Fosun Plaza & MarketPlace28 Amphitheater
28 Liberty St
New York, NY 10005
All events in the River To River Festival are free and all are welcome.
The Listening School
Social Choreographer Ernesto Pujol brings his multi-year Listening School project to the festival in the form of a public performative research process and a silent durational performance: The Listeners. The project was created in response to the urgent need to listen empathically in order to support democracy in America and abroad. Pujol’s Listening School will seek performative engagement for three days across Lower Manhattan’s urban riverbeds of listening flow. Dressed in Indigo Blues, thirteen artists will pursue the public’s roadside discourse on listening. Their open process will culminate in The Listeners, a performance as a formal listening vessel embodying stillness in the midst of flow.
In collaboration with artists Kate Harding, Sara Jimenez, Sto Len, Jessica Posner, Valarie Samulski, Jonathan David Smyth, Young Sun Han, Molly Teitelbaum, Benjamin Thorpe, Riva Weinstein, and Joy Whalen. Co-curated with Danielle ML King.
About Ernesto Pujol
Ernesto Pujol is a site-specific performance artist and social choreographer. His interdisciplinary projects draw unapologetically from world religions as embodied cultural material containing the rich performativity of belief. A portraitist of place, Pujol strives to reclaim historic public space from distractions, revisiting emblematic architecture and mythical landscapes. He has an MFA from The School of The Art Institute of Chicago, and has been the recipient of numerous foundation fellowships. Pujol is the author of Sited Body, Public Visions, silence, stillness and walking as Performance Practice; and Walking Art Practice, Reflections on Socially Engaged Paths.
Pujol is the author of Sited Body, Public Visions, silence, stillness and walking as Performance Practice; and more recently, Walking Art Practice, Reflections on Socially Engaged Paths. His essays and interviews appear in publications such as Awake: Buddha Mind in Contemporary Art.
Ernesto Pujol is a participant in Lower Manhattan Cultural Council's Extended Life Dance Development program made possible in part by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
The Listeners is commissioned by Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, developed as part of LMCC’s Extended Life Dance Development program made possible in part by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. The Listeners is supported in part by Art Matters. Space generously provided by Anderson Contemporary, Fosun, National Park Service, and Port Authority NY + NJ.