Open Studios Weekend

Experience live performance art at our Open Studios Weekend on Pier 1’s Harbor View Lawn !

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Stop by Sat, Oct 24 and Sun, Oct 25 to experience live performance art at Pier 1’s Harbor View Lawn!

In response to the major challenges that cultural groups have faced to rehearse during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Conservancy is hosting eight NYC-based ensembles for open-air studio rehearsals. Come and go throughout both days to watch live working sessions by a diverse range of dance, theater, and music artists — groups will rehearse every two hours from 9:30am-5:30pm. Enjoy artists enlivening one of the Park’s most iconic locations and scenic backdrops to close out the Conservancy’s in-park season! Full schedule of artists will be posted soon.

Saturday Schedule

9:30am-11:30am: Miriam Barbosa Dance
11:30am-1:30pm: Fogo Azul NYC
1:30pm-3:30pm: Sydnie L. Mosley Dances
3:30pm-5:30pm: Rovaco

Sunday Schedule

9:30am-11:30am: Hivewild
11:30am-1:30pm: Rocha Dance Theater
1:30pm-3:30pm: Oyu Oro Afro-Cuban Experimental Dance Ensemble
3:30pm-5:30pm: J Chen Project

Scroll below to learn more about the artists!

Please note, these are not formal public performances but rehearsals for creative development. Thus, observers are not expected to stay for the full duration of any group’s rehearsal, but are encouraged to stay for as long as they like while remaining safely socially distant from others. We kindly ask that Park visitors wear face coverings and remain at least six feet away from other households while in attendance.

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Fogo Azul NYC

Fogo Azul NYC is NYC’s home grown all women Brazilian style drumline open to all women identifying individuals regardless of prior drumming experience.


Hivewild is a Brooklyn-based contemporary movement platform created to unlock emotion and ignite conversation through formal performances and public programming dedicated to community development, founded by choreographer Katherine Maxwell. Hivewild’s vision is for movement-based artworks to act as conduits to more united communities. Every human has a body, and Hivewild uses this understanding as a starting point to identify connections rather than differences between people.

J Chen Project

J Chen Project, formed in 2008, is a modern dance company based in NYC exploring how we perceive and create identities within the collective human experience through innovative and culturally-based dance works and community engagement initiatives.

Miriam Barbosa Dance

Miriam Barbosa Dance is a collaborative contemporary dance duo, works with Dance Artist Erika Hassan on the impact of the pandemic on human connectivity and interaction.

Oyu Oro Afro-Cuban Experimental Dance Ensemble

Oyu Oro is an NYC-based Afro-Cuban dance company is founded by Danys “La Mora” Perez. The company is committed to building bridges among African Diaspora cultures as well as between the traditional and unconventional dance forms of modern age, while preserving the Afro-Cuban culture through dance, song and music.

Rocha Dance Theater

Rocha Dance Theater is a Brooklyn-based dance company led by artistic director, Jenny Rocha. RDT presents an engaging combination of contemporary, jazz, ballet, and hip hop alongside original costume design.


Rovaco is an NYC-based contemporary dance company founded by Artistic Director Rohan Bhargava. The company’s open rehearsal will feature dancers Siddharth Dutta and Devika Chandnani researching contemporary Indian identity through music and dance.

Sydnie L. Mosley Dances

Sydnie L. Mosley Dances (SLMDances) is a New York City-based dance-theater collective that works in communities to organize for gender and racial justice through experiential dance performance.