From May 1 to 13, The Shed will present A Prelude to The Shed, a free, multi-arts event on an undeveloped lot at Tenth Avenue and 30th Street in Manhattan, one block from our permanent home opening in 2019.
A transformable structure is as vital to the architecture of Prelude as it is for The Shed, a building designed to flexibly accommodate multiple artistic disciplines under one roof. Kunlé Adeyemi of NLE Works has collaborated closely with Tino Sehgal to design a temporary space in which dancers move and reconfigure the structure in a fluid integration of architecture and choreography.
Over the course of these two weeks, each day’s events will be seamlessly connected by Seghal’s This variation, an immersive dance/sound piece, which will in turn be interwoven with a new work by William Forsythe commissioned for Prelude—a radical reimagining of his seminal 1987 ballet In the Middle, Somewhat Elevated.
The Shed’s pre-opening dance commission, FlexNYC, will present several dance battles. On multiple evenings Prelude will feature a series of live solo concerts by Atlanta-based R&B singer-songwriter ABRA; Venezuelan electronic music producer, DJ, and songwriter Arca; and New York-based rapper and singer-songwriter Azealia Banks.
Artist Asad Raza will lead an experimental school each morning, based on his ongoing work Schema for a School. Panels on alternate evenings will focus on new institutional models for the 21st century: the politics of ritualized gatherings, and the role of art and culture in social connectivity. Scholar, writer, and curator Dorothea von Hantelmann organized the talks in collaboration with The Shed’s artistic advisor, Hans Ulrich Obrist, and Chief Science and Technology Officer, Kevin Slavin.
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