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Indoor spaces offering public programs & galleries on Governors Island require proof of COVID-19 vaccination in accordance with the Key to NYC Executive Order. Click here to review all health & safety protocols prior to your visit.

Indoor spaces offering public programs & galleries on Governors Island require proof of COVID-19 vaccination in accordance with the Key to NYC Executive Order. Click here to review all health & safety protocols prior to your visit.

Oct 9—16, 2021
Hours
Saturday 1:00 PM — 4:00 PM
Hours
Nolan Park - Building 18

Click here to make your free reservation for Herstory of the Universe@Governors Island


Conceived, directed and choreographed by Richard Move, and commissioned by The Trust for Governors Island, Herstory of the Universe leads visitors on a journey across Governors Island—from the ancient trees of Nolan Park to the secluded lawns of Hammock Grove and the dramatic topography of the Hills—through a series of six site-specific dance performances.

Each performance is inspired by, and in conversation with, its unique site, including the ecosystems, architectures, materials and species that dwell within. From the abstract to the fantastical, the works embody various biological and natural processes in a kind of biomimicry—telling the stories of Governors Island through a series of kinetic, strikingly costumed dance installations.

Dates and Times

Herstory of the Universe will be presented on Saturday, October 9 (rain date October 10) and Saturday, October 16 (rain date October 17). The sequence of six performances begins at 1pm, with each performance taking place on the half hour, ending at 3:45pm. Please note that experiencing all six performances requires walking across Governors Island. Accommodation requests will be accepted; please email info@govisland.org to make a request.

Location and Ferry Information

Governors Island is only accessible by ferry. To experience the full series of performances, visitors are encouraged to arrive on Governors Island by 1pm, taking a ferry at one of the following times:

  • From the Battery Maritime Building in Manhattan (10 South Street): 12pm, 12:40pm
  • From Brooklyn (Atlantic Avenue/Pier 6): 11:15am, 12:15pm
  • From Brooklyn (Red Hook/Atlantic Basin): 11:45am, 12:45pm

Ferry ticket reservations for performance dates are available at govisland.org/ferry. Face coverings are required when boarding, riding and exiting Governors Island ferries.

Upon arriving on Governors Island, please proceed to The Climate Museum in Nolan Park (Building 18) to check in and receive a map of the performance locations created by fashion illustrator Connie Fleming.

A map of Governors Island can be found here.

About Richard Move

Richard Move. Ph.D. M.F.A., is a TED Global Oxford Fellow, Artistic Director of MoveOpolis! and Assistant Arts Professor at New York University. Move’s choreographic commissions include productions for Mikhail Baryshnikov and the White Oak Dance Project and two works for the Martha Graham Dance Company, in addition to numerous site-specific works created for the European Capitol of Culture (France), Guggenheim Museum (New York), Parrish Art Museum, Cannes Film Festival, LMCC Sitelines Festival, and the Asian Civilizations Museum in Singapore, among others. In 2019, Move presented Martha@Terminal Barão Geraldo, in a bus station in Sao Paolo, Brazil.

About the Cast

Herstory of the Universe is performed by a diverse cast of female dance artists, including: Megumi Eda, Robyn Cascio, Lisa Giobbi with Yoni Kallai, Celeste Hastings, PeiJu Chien-Pott, Natasha M. Diamond-Walker and Gabrielle Willis. The costume design is by Karen Young.

Herstory of the Universe@Governors Island is commissioned by the Trust for Governors Island with support from the Charina Endowment Fund, Stavros Niarchos Foundation and Donald A. Pels Charitable Trust. Made possible in part with public funds from Creative Engagement, supported by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and administered by LMCC, the NYU TSOA Dean’s Faculty Grant and a Harkness Foundation for Dance Project Grant. The project was developed in residency at the Catwalk Institute.

Getting to Nolan Park
3 Minutes from Soissons Landing 7 Minutes from Yankee Pier
1 Minutes from Soissons Landing 5 Minutes from Yankee Pier
Oct 9—16, 2021
Nolan Park - Building 18
Hours
Saturday
1:00 PM — 4:00 PM