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June Rites !!

Governors Island: Picnic Point -

Jun 18 - 27, 2021

In Person | Outdoors | Reserve your tickets here! 

Tickets for June Rites !! are free of charge, with a suggested donation that goes directly toward Waterwell’s mission of telling engrossing stories in unexpected ways that grapple with complex civic questions.

For guests with mobility needs, we will have a golf cart for transportation between the ferry landing and the performance site available for performances on Saturday, June 26 and Sunday, June 27. If you think a ride would be useful for you, please reach out to us at

The performance will last about 45 minutes.


Dance Theater Celebrating the Arrival of Summer

After more than a year of isolation, Waterwell invites you to join your fellow New Yorkers on picturesque Governors Island for a summer-in-the-city celebration. June Rites !! is an original hour of visually stunning and viscerally contagious live performance. Conceived as a civic ritual in dialogue with state fairs and summer solstice festivals, this piece will be an opportunity for collective reemergence into public spaces after a long, hard winter. By turns reflective, playful, somber and ecstatic, the performers and musicians of June Rites !! provide an essential way to experience New York City opening up a new chapter of live performance.

June Rites !! will feature original music written and performed by Mauro Refosco and Gustavo Di Dalva, who were recently seen on Broadway with David Byrne in American Utopia. A celebrated percussionist, Refosco has toured and recorded with the Red Hot Chili Peppers, joined Dirty Projectors for their self-titled album, and is a member of experimental supergroup Atoms for Peace alongside Flea and Thom Yorke. A Bahia instrumentalist and singer from a young age, Di Dalva has traveled the world for 20 years playing with the greatest Brazilian musicians and has performed on multiple Grammy-winning albums. June Rites !! is co-created by Lee Sunday Evans, Waterwell’s artistic director, and designers Ásta Bennie Hostetter and Mariana Sanchez, and co-choreographed and performed by Camila Canó-Flaviá, Sunny Hitt, Eleanore Pienta and Devika Wickremesinghe.

Performance Calendar


Plan Your Trip to Governors Island – Ferry Tickets Required in Advance!

With 120 acres of open space to explore, Governors Island is nestled between Lower Manhattan and Brooklyn in the heart of New York Harbor. June Rites !! will take place at the Island’s Picnic Point, where audience members will have front row seats to the sweeping New York City skyline and the closest face-on view of the Statue of Liberty from Land. We invite you to come before the show, stay after, and explore the award-winning public park, enjoy a picnic, or sample from the varied food vendors!

Once you have your June Rites !! tickets, remember to book your place on the ferry! Tickets are usually $3 and run daily from Manhattan and on weekends from Brooklyn. Plan your trip and book your ferry tickets here!


June Rites !! will follow the latest Covid-19 safety protocols and guidelines as laid out by Actors’ Equity Association, New York City, and New York State. Social distance between audience groupings will be maintained at all times. Hand sanitizer and hand washing stations are located throughout the Island. Increased cleaning procedures and schedules have been implemented for all restrooms, ferries, and high-touch, high-traffic areas across the Island. Enhanced health and safety protocols are in place for all food and drink vending locations. If you have any questions about safety or anything else about the show, don’t hesitate to reach out to us at