Horses Full Of Steam At West Harlem Piers In Harlem

July 27, 2023

Summer on the Hudson and West Harlem Art Fund present “Horses full of Steam” by director and choreographer Hilary Brown-Istrefi | HB² PROJECTS, at West Harlem Piers Park.

“Horses full of Steam” deconstructs to reimagine visual and topical elements from the almost forgotten 1932 ballet symphony, “Horse Power”, with music by Carlos Chávez, designs by Diego Rivera, and choreography by Catherine Littlefield. Adopting the ballet’s original 4-episode structure, the performance explores the hybridity of Pan-American culture through a magical realist lens.

The performance is a collaboration between director and choreographer Hilary Brown-Istrefi | HB² PROJECTS, dancers Sabrina Canas & Maira Duarte, composer and musician Mahsa Matin with vocalists Abena Roman & Aiyana Roman, (aka The Triple Tones), visual Artist Heather Weston, and Art Historian and narrator Savona Bailey-McClain.

To learn more about the project and artists visit

“Horses full of steam” was created through the Trisk Presents 2023 Resident Artist Program, made possible with generous support from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs; New York State Council on the Arts; Harkness Foundation for Dance; Howard Gilman Foundation; and Mertz Gilmore Foundation.

Horses Full of Steam will premiere as an outdoor site-specific performance of the work, Saturday, July 29, and Sunday, July 30, 2023, at 3 PM EST during Riverside Park Conservancy’s 2023 Summer on the Hudson Festival at West Harlem Piers Park, NYC.

Photo credit: 1-4). By West Harlem Art.

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