Sitelines 2008

Celebrating our 5th Anniversary of site-specific performance

Celebrating its 5th anniversary, Sitelines 2008, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council's annual site-specific dance performance series, brings to life a highly energized program of provocative dance, set to inspiring imagery and exquisite surroundings.

Sitelines is presented as part of the River To River® Festival.


photo: Kristin Lodoen Linder

Buglisi Dance Theatre: Under the Buttonwood Tree.com

May 28–30, 12:30pm

Outside the Stock Exchange at 18 Broad Street

World Premiere

LMCC’s site-specific performance series launches the summer and the River To River Festival with Buglisi Dance Theatre’s riveting world premiere Under the Buttonwood Tree.com (Frenzy on the Floor). This episodic, theatrical spectacle marries art and commerce by bringing to life touchstone moments in the history of the New York Stock Exchange. Former Martha Graham Dance Company dancer, Artistic Director Jacqulyn Buglisi is distinguished for her poignant, theatrical repertoire, which fuses classical sensibility with intuitive movement.

Commencing with a resonating gong, the artists animate a sweeping, epic display that transforms the steps of Federal Hall and the New York Stock Exchange into a silken-sheathed proscenium depicting the early days of the NYSE, from the signing of the 1792 Buttonwood Agreement to the passionate frenzy on the Floor covered in ticker tape madness. The musical selections include Wynton Marsalis, Jelly Roll Morton and John Corgliano and a live performance by the Aeros Wind Quintet.

Check out a slideshow from the World Premiere of Under the Buttonwood Tree.com.


photo: Steven Schreiber

DOORKNOB COMPANY: The Miracle Show and the Death of OPTIMISM

June 16–19 & 23–26, 12:30pm

Bowling Green Park at Cobblestone Plaza

World Premiere

DOORKNOB COMPANY’s new dance satire, The Miracle Show and the Death of OPTIMISM, co-directors Shannon Gillen and Elisabeth Motley invite you to the funeral for OPTIMISM. Funeral Attendants will guide you on a journey through exhilarating dance, woeful song, and uproarious theater, as we gather to mourn OPTIMISM's death and hope for a miracle. DOORKNOB COMPANY creates a world of deep physicality, virtuosic extremes, and peculiar happenings. It's high time for a miracle, and this one happens on your lunch break. Musical arrangement by Malina Rauschenfels.

Check out a slideshow from the World Premiere of The Miracle Show and the Death of Optimism.


photo: Steven Schreiber

Risa Jaroslow & Dancers: 311

July 7, 8, 10, 11, 14, 15, 12:00pm and 1:30pm

Municipal Building at 1 Centre Street near food kiosks

World Premiere

Risa Jaroslow's new work, 311, will take place under the massive archways of the city's Municipal Building. Six dancers will engage in a range of interactions, while an interviewer queries passersby and people, entering and leaving the building about their thoughts on city government. What will emerge when onlookers are asked to engage with these questions in the larger context of the current national focus on government and civic engagement and the immediate context of a dance performance where you don’t expect to see one? These amplified conversations will provide the dance’s sound score.

Check out a slideshow from 311.


photo: Alexandros Giannakis III

360° Dance Company: Maktub

Choreographed by Lauri Stallings

July 21–23 & 28–30, 12:00pm and 1:00pm

South Street Seaport - Pier 17

US Premiere

360° Dance Company arrives at Pier 17 with the US Premiere of their latest commission, Maktub, an exploration of speed and possibility. Dancemaker Lauri Stallings challenges the dancers to burst through their comfort zones, creating a new physical language that blends ballet and modern techniques, gesture, partnering, and impossibly quick shifts of weight. Maktub invites the audience to share in the intricacy of community and witness the meeting of two very different worlds.

Check out a slideshow from Maktub.


Monica Bill Barnes: Game Face

August 4–7 & 11–14, 12:00pm and 1:00pm

Robert Wagner Jr. Park

World Premiere

Monica Bill Barnes’ Game Face uses everyday people that have passed through the Robert Wagner Jr. Park as inspiration, with the performers cast as sightseers, sunbathers and Park Rangers. This oddly matched group slowly begins to perform a show, using the entire area as their stage. Made entirely on site, the cast of die-hard dancers perform their hearts out in the midst of tour buses, passing summertime crowds and the heat.

Check out a slideshow from Game Face.


photo: Steven Belkowitz

Headlong Dance Theater: Hotel Pool

August 12–16, 8:00pm

Rector Square's indoor swimming pool, 225 Rector Place

New York Premiere

Collaboratively helmed by David Brick, Andrew Simonet and Amy Smith, the Bessie Award-winning troupe transforms the sanitized space of the building's spa into an an intimate, visceral performance experience. In Hotel Pool, a business woman stumbles into the humid glow of a pool after a long day of travel. The air is thick, the water glows strangely and the woman falls into the exuberant arms of a watery eruption.

Located near New York's Wall Street district, the beckoning waters of the pool become the site for a meditation on the fine line between waking up and dying. Hotel Pool was a runaway hit at its Philadelphia Live Arts Festival premiere in 2004. It is set to an original score by the Wayward Wind known for their lush musical arrangements and pop sensibility.

Hotel Pool is made possible with support from Pennsylvania Performing Arts on Tour (PennPAT), a Presenter Program of Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation.


Richard Move’s MoveOpolis!: Hostile Takeover

  • Hesperornis Regalis (Seabird): August 18, 6 pm, North Atrium Balcony, 3rd Floor of Seaport Pier 17 Mall
  • Mariko Mori Musings: August 19, 12:30pm, 77 Water Street, courtyard corner of Water Street and Old Slip
  • Red Cicciolina: August 20, 12:30 pm, 7 World Trade Center (near Jeff Koons sculpture), Greenwich & Barclay Street
  • La Danse d'Hermès: August 21, 12:30 pm, Hermès Wall Street window, 15 Broad Street
  • cavalla bianca: August 22, 5:30 pm, Fulton Fish Market stall, South Street, between Beekman Street & Peck Slip
  • Dances at a Gathering, August 25, 6:00 pm, 210 Front Street & Beekman Street; RSVP Required.

World Premiere

Richard Move and MoveOpolis! present Hostile Takeover six elaborate live performance installations that occur at different downtown locations. A glamorous collision of sexual desire and violence, masculinity and femininity and real and imagined worlds, Hostile Takeover places feminine beauty upon a pedestal (literally) in the midst of the male-dominated world of high finance, with stunningly costumed, Butoh-inspired female dancers. Costumes are made by Teatro del Odio and Gia Grosso, music is by DJ Savage. A final performance event, Dances at a Gathering, featuring the entire MoveOpolis! cast and an assortment of professional artists and DJs, will be presented on August 25.

Final performance and party hosted by the Seaport Marketplace.

Check out a slideshow from Hostile Takeover.


photo: Enric Catala Contreras

danscores by Ofelia Loret de Mola: Available Space

September 8–10 & 12 at 12:30pm

September 13–15 at 8:00pm

City Hall Park, near the entrance at Broadway and Warren Street

World Premiere

Ofelia Loret de Mola, a Mexican choreographer, collaborates with actors, musicians, and a visual artist to transform a swath of City Hall Park into a carnival that evokes the grit and cheap sparkle of a Mexican circus. Beginning on and around the chess tables, the dancers perform as circus characters illustrating chess in a political subtext to live music. The audience travels with the performers from the west side to the east side of the park where they are later led by a marching band to the Brooklyn Bridge.

Available Space is presented as part of Celebrate Mexico Now 2008, the 5th annual citywide festival of contemporary Mexican art and culture produced by CN Management. The festival closes on Sept. 15, celebrating Mexico’s Independence Day.

Check out a slideshow from Available Space.


Sitelines is generously supported by Mertz Gilmore Foundation, New York Mercantile Exchange, the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, and the New York State Council on the Arts.

Lower Manhattan Cultural Council (LMCC) is a leading voice for arts and culture in downtown New York City, producing cultural events and promoting the arts through grants, services, advocacy, and cultural development programs.

Produced in association with the River To River® Festival.

The River To River Festival, presented by American Express, is a collaboration of Lower Manhattan’s major cultural event producers including the Alliance for Downtown New York, arts>World Financial Center, Battery Park City Authority, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, Port Authority of NY & NJ, and South Street Seaport. These partners are firmly committed to using the arts as a tool for revitalization and the development of new audiences.

Admission to all performances is FREE. Online RSVPs required for noted performances. Sites and dates are subject to change. No rain dates. For more information and directions contact LMCC at 212.219.9401 or log on to www.lmcc.net/sitelines.

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