September 18, 2021 @ 5:00 pm – 6:15 pm
Riverside Park South
Pier i

BIG BEATS is a 15-minute, free, outdoor dance performance, choreographed by Joanna Kotze, featuring 20 New York-based professional dancers––Bria Bacon, Mary Lyn Graves, Wendell Gray II, Ani Javian, Symara Johnson, Joanna Kotze, Ariel Lembeck, Jordan Lloyd, Jennifer Nugent, Devin Oshiro, Pamela Pietro, Ambika Raina, Paul Singh, Ariana Speight, Stacy Spence, Marion Spencer, Hsiao-jou Tang, Nattie Trogdon, Claire Westby, and Rochelle Wilbun––and accompanied by an original sound score played live by composer/musician Ryan Seaton. Funded by Summer on Hudson and the City Artist Corps Grant.


Saturday, September 18 at 5:00pm and 6:00pm


FREE & open to the public

Pier I, Riverside Park South at 70th street, across from Pier i Cafe

Danced to a driving sonic rhythm, BIG BEATS is the force of 20 performers doing complex, synchronized movement in public. Performed twice in the same location on one day, this complicated, rigorous dance can be viewed from anywhere. It is an invitation to stop and watch a group of people working together, dancing together, being together. It is also a chance to let the beat get into your own body, joining us.


Know Before You Go:

For everyone’s safety, we are asking all participants to observe the following guidelines:

  • Please wear a mask if you are unvaccinated, or if it makes you feel more comfortable
  • All individuals should maintain social distancing of six feet during programming, regardless of vaccination status
  • Please wear a mask if social distancing cannot be maintained
  • Wash your hands before attending a program
  • Stay home if you are sick

Additionally, we encourage participants to bring their own hand sanitizer to our programs.