May 25–27 | 1pm, 3:30pm | Wavertree | Free
Lenora Lee Dance, in collaboration with the South Street Seaport Museum, presents "Convergent Waves." Come aboard the 1885 tall ship Wavertree, where dance performances will unfold against the backdrop of this historic vessel. Choreographed by award-winning dancer-choreographer Lenora Lee and the talented performers, this slate of dance vignettes has been created specifically for Wavertree to artfully showcase different areas of the ship, while delving into the rich history of this international cargo vessel—the last of its kind. Dance will take place in the massive cargo hold, the forecastle where the crew ate and slept, the captain’s saloon, and more. Sign up today to ensure your spot for a unique experience that weaves together movement, history, and maritime spirit.
The audience will not be seated during the one-hour event and will actively move throughout the ship to witness each site-specific performance. Access to Wavertree for this program involves climbing a few stairs, walking up an angled gangway, and descending a few stairs onto the deck. The lower decks are accessible via stairs, while the upper deck requires navigating steep ladder-like stairs.
Performances will be rain or shine so long as it is safe for the dancers to perform. Advanced registration is encouraged for this free event but walkups will be accommodated as possible.
Choreography by Lenora Lee in collaboration with Performers/Dance Collaborators: Naoko Brown, IJ Chan, Peter Cheng, Flora Hyoin Kim Han, Lynn Huang, Nelson Enrique Mejia Jr., Miguel Miranda, Mikaela Morisato, Johnny Huy Nguyen, Caleb Patterson, and Brandon Woods.
Recorded Music Composed by Vijay Iyer, Tatsu Aoki, and Francis Wong
Partner Organizations: South Street Seaport Museum, Lenora Lee Dance, Asian Improv aRts, API Cultural Center, and Nai Ni Chen Dance Company
About Lenora Lee Dance
For the last 15 years Lenora Lee Dance (LLD) has pushed the envelope of intimate and large-scale multimedia, immersive dance performance connecting various styles of movement/dance, film, text, research and music to culture, history, and human rights issues. LLD’s works are set in both public and private spaces, inspired by individual stories as well as community strength. From the proscenium, to even underwater, the company’s pieces are site-responsive and immersive calling audiences into deep engagement with the work and environment. Through partnerships locally and nationally, LLD’s work has grown to encompass the creation, presentation and screening of films, museum and gallery installations, civic engagement, and educational programming signifying the power of art as a movement for change.
Convergent Waves sheds light on the stories of displacement and gentrification in communities across the country. Locations include San Francisco, Boston, Los Angeles, and now New York City.
Tall Ship Wavertree
Wavertree, built in 1885 was operated for many years as a cargo ship sailing around the world.