The award-winning Lenora Lee Dance, in collaboration with the South Street Seaport Museum presents the World Premiere of Convergent Waves: NYC

May 25 – May 27, 2024
11 – 12AM

Immersive, site-responsive performances on South Street Seaport Museum’s 1885 tall ship Wavertree, inspired by the history of the international cargo ship.

Saturday, May 25, at 1pm & 3:30pm
Sunday, May 26, at 1pm & 3:30pm
Monday, May 27, at 1pm & 3:30pm

1885 tall ship Wavertree at the South Street Seaport Museum

Permanently moored at Pier 16 (Fulton and South Streets), New York City

FREE admission, reservations required, limited capacity. Performances will begin on time, please arrive early.

Come aboard Wavertree, where dance performances will unfold against the backdrop of this historic vessel. Audiences will be brought back in time as they journey throughout the rooms and decks of the three-story vessel experiencing intimate and engaging moments with performers in immersive environments transformed by video projection, recorded original music, and text.

Choreographed by award-winning dancer-choreographer Lenora Lee and the talented performers, this slate of dance vignettes delves into the rich history of this international cargo vessel—the last of its kind—inspired by the people who worked on it. Convergent Waves: NYC provides insight into the unseen lives of the laborers who helped to build New York City into the global hub it is today and the unexpected role of the sea as a site for freedom for its time from the racial and gender barriers of the era.

Dance will take place in the massive cargo hold, the forecastle where the crew ate and slept, the captain’s saloon, and more.The audience will not be seated during the one-hour event and will actively move throughout the ship to witness each site-specific performance. Access to Wavertree involves climbing a few stairs, walking up an angled gangway, and descending a few stairs onto the deck. The lower decks are accessible via stairs, while the upper deck requires navigating steep ladder-like stairs.

In the interest of safety for the dancers, performances will not take place in the rain. Advanced registration is encouraged for this free event but walkups will be accommodated as possible.