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River to River Festival Bringing First Performances to WTC Oculus

 Free art, dance and music performances are on their way to Lower Manhattan.
Free art, dance and music performances are on their way to Lower Manhattan.
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Darial R. Sneed

LOWER MANHATTAN — The expansive marble floor beneath the rib-like arches of the World Trade Center Oculus will soon be home to free dance and music performances for the first time.

The annual Lower Manhattan arts festival, River to River, will use the Oculus for several of its performances during its 11-day June festival, organizers announced on their website.

The performances will be "pop-ups" — meaning they aren't on the recently released calendar of events. Instead, the festival will announce details just before the events through social media like Twitter, Facebook and Instagram, The New York Times reported.

The River to River festival, now in its 15th year, uses spaces across Lower Manhattan, all below Chambers Street, along with Governors Island, for its dozens of music, theater, dance and art exhibitions — all jampacked into 11 days, from June 16 to June 26.

The WTC Oculus isn't the only Downtown transit hub being taken over with art — the Fulton Center is slated to host several events, including performance pieces by artist Saya Woolfalk. Her "ChimaTEK: ChimaCloud Control Center" will use "fantastical digital animation" to enhance her dance and multimedia works.

Also on tap is Olga Bell, a singer formerly with the band the Dirty Projectors. She'll be performing her song cycle "Krai" with a 12-person arrangement on June 22 at 28 Liberty St.

For a complete schedule of events, visit the festival's website. All events are free, but some require an RSVP, which open June 1.