The Listeners

Written by stoisher

The Listening school : June 24 – 26 from 11:30am – 2:30pm

Social Choreographer Ernesto Pujol brings his multi-year Listening School project to the River to River Festival in the form of a public performative research process and a silent durational performance: The Listeners. The project was created in response to the urgent need to listen empathically in order to support democracy in America and abroad. Pujol’s Listening School will seek performative engagement for three days across Lower Manhattan’s urban riverbeds of listening flow. Dressed in Indigo Blues, thirteen artists will pursue the public’s roadside discourse on listening. Their open process will culminate in The Listeners, a performance as a formal listening vessel embodying stillness in the midst of flow. 

In collaboration with artists Kimberley Acquaro, Kate Harding, Sara Jimenez, Sto Len, Ernesto Pujol, Valarie Samulski, Jonathan David Smyth, Young Sun Han, Molly Teitelbaum, Benjamin Thorpe, Riva Weinstein, and Joy Whalen. Co-curated with Danielle ML King.

Anderson Contemporary in the Atrium at 180 Maiden Lane
180 Maiden Ln
New York, NY 10038V

The Plaza at 88 Pine St.
88 Pine St
New York, NY 10005V

Liberty Park
155 Cedar St 
New York, NY 10006V

South Oculus Plaza
Church & Greenwich Streets at Dey Street
New York, NY 10006V

28 Liberty: Fosun Plaza
28 Liberty St
New York, NY 10005V

The Listeners June 27, 9 p.m. – 11:30p.m. Federal Hall, 26 Wall St., NY

In culmination of Ernesto Pujol’s Listening School, artists trained in the art of listening will sit in a circle as public servants providing individualized silent listening to visitors all evening at the birthplace of Democracy, historic Federal Hall Memorial.

See more info and read the Listeners Journal here

The Listeners is commissioned by Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, developed as part of LMCC’s Extended Life Dance Development program made possible in part by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. The Listeners is supported in part by Art Matters. Space generously provided by Anderson Contemporary, Fosun, National Parks Service, and Port Authority NY + NJ.

Some pictures from the week of performances: