New York has a steady stream of outdoor fare this summer—movies, concerts, Shakespeare in the Park, street fairs—but outdoor dance is definitely more of a rarity. That’s why the Hudson River Dance Festival, happening this Thursday and Friday, is such a big deal: You’ll see four incredible companies (for free!) with the sun-dappled Hudson River for a dreamy backdrop.
Complexions in Strum. Photo by Bill Hebert, courtesy of Hudson River Park.
It’s all going down at Pier 63 in Hudson River Park (right around 23rd Street, all the way on the west side of the city), beginning at 6:30 pm on Thursday and Friday. The lineup—the same on both evenings—is stellar:
- National Dance Institute
- Ronald K. Brown/EVIDENCE
- Wendy Whelan and Brian Brooks
- Complexions Contemporary Ballet
Wendy Whelan and Brian Brooks. Photo by Nir Arieli, courtesy of Hudson River Park.
Pro tip: Bring blankets to sit on, as chairs aren’t allowed on the lawn. And check the park’s Twitter feed if you’re worried about weather issues.