Opening Event: MURMURATIONS – Gregory Corbino


Gregory Corbino

June 12, 2pm gather, 3pm parade
Teardrop Park, Battery Park City
Enter at North End Avenue or River Terrace entrance

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MURMURATIONS is a collective puppetry performance in public space where humans of all ages are invited to shed their human bodies and become a murmuration of menhaden. Puppetry, song and movement transform Battery Park City into a seascape of androgenous oysters, stunning sturgeon and captivating cetaceans.

The puppets and costumes of this performance are crafted entirely of recycled materials, including waste materials removed from New York City waterways. The practice that informs Murmurations is rooted in Bread and Puppet pageantry, carnival, circus parade, and direct action where large performing objects activate public spaces with collective action.

The performance is composed of two movements. The first movement will occur in the grass lawn of Teardrop Park. Here, participants will learn the movement vocabulary of a fish murmuration. They will be taught the songs of the shoal, and be adorned in costumes and puppet headpieces. The second movement will begin as the murmuration parades to Rockefeller Park. As the group sings and mumurates through the large green space of the park, giant puppets inspired by astounding biodiversity of New York Harbor will appear in various distant locations of the park. Operated by small teams of puppeteers and instrumentalists, these puppets of oysters, sturgeons, and humpback whales will parade to the murmuration creating a cacophonous confluence of city and sea. And just as this symphony appears to reach a peak, the murmuration will dissipate, fading into the landscape, to Teardrop Park and our human lives.

Those who wish to participate in MURMURATIONS are invited to gather at 2pm. Please note that participants will move together in a close group. All are welcome to enjoy the parade at 3pm.


Presented in partnership with Battery Park City Authority

Corbino Horse Heads

Gregory Corbino (Brooklyn, NY) is a multidisciplinary artist, puppeteer and educator whose work investigates how object performance crafted from refuse material and engaged by community can create queer ecologies of care and action in public space. His work is deeply invested in nature and aspires to be zero waste, creating sculptures, puppets and costumes from recycled, found and salvaged materials. Gregory is a long time collaborator with Peter Schumann and The Bread and Puppet Theater where he was a full time company member from 2012-2016. He has worked with Jennifer Miller and Circus Amok, Reverend Billy, Savitri D and The Stop Shopping Choir, Cecilia Vicuña, Amy Trompeter and Cathy Weiss among others. His design work has been seen at The High Line, The Queens Museum, The Leslie Lohman Museum of Art, The Brooklyn Academy of Music, and the Smithsonian Institution. Residencies have included QueerLab (Rome) Isadora Duncan Dance Center (Greece) and Togo Village Art Museum (Taiwan). Gregory is a High Line artist educator focusing on climate change and public art and is one of the music directors of Reverend Billy and The Stop Shopping Choir. In 2021 he was a resident at The Arts Center at Governors Island and is thrilled to be presenting a continuation of that work at the River to River Festival.