Pre-Opening

DIS OBEY. Photo: David Volluci

FlexNYC students. Photo: David Volluci

Opening in spring 2019, The Shed will be New York’s first multi-arts center designed to commission, produce, and present all types of performing arts, visual arts, and popular culture. Read more about The Shed’s mission here. The following pre-opening programs and commissions are already underway.

DIS OBEY

The Shed will continue to expand its pre-opening commissioning program to embrace young multidisciplinary artists. DIS OBEY, developed for participants ages 16 to 19, will explore and provide space for protest and creative action through writing, storytelling, and visual art workshops. With guidance from acclaimed writers and artists, participants will create original work that examines identity, personal narrative, historical acts of protest, and self-determination.

FlexNYC

FlexNYC is a free, citywide residency program in dance activism for young people in collaboration with Reggie “Regg Roc” Gray and the D.R.E.A.M. Ring (Dance Rules Everything Around Me). Through flexn, a form of street dance with roots in Jamaican Bruk Up, students explore social issues while developing their capacity to express themselves. Now in its second year, FlexNYC has expanded to all five boroughs, serving approximately 400 students. The Shed partners with public schools, New York City Housing Authority community centers, and Beacon youth programs to provide free FlexNYC after-school activities.

Enrollment remains open for participants (ages 13-18) interested in participating in the FlexNYC program at the ARTs East New York at 534 Livonia Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11207. For more information please contact flexnyc@theshed.org.

FlexNYC partners:

  • Academy for Young Writers (Brooklyn)
  • ARTs East New York (Brooklyn)
  • Betances Community Center (Bronx)
  • Bronx Lab School (Bronx)
  • Catherine & Count Basie Middle School (Queens)
  • Fashion Industries High School (Manhattan)
  • Howard Houses Community Center (Brooklyn)
  • Independence Towers (Brooklyn)
  • Ingersoll Community Center (Brooklyn)
  • Landmark High School (Manhattan)
  • Ocean Bay Cornerstone (Queens)
  • Performing Arts and Technology High School (Brooklyn)
  • Queens Satellite High School for Opportunity (Queens)
  • School of the Arts, Collaboration and Technology (Manhattan)
  • Urban Assembly School for Collaborative Healthcare (Brooklyn)
  • Taylor Wythe Community Center (Brooklyn)
  • West Brighton Community Center (Staten Island)
  • Young Minds COMPASS Program (Brooklyn)

Science and Technology at The Shed

The Shed’s Chief Science and Technology Officer, Kevin Slavin, has begun collaborative projects with faculty and staff at the MIT Media Lab, where he is a Research Affiliate, and is creating a fellowship program within The Shed’s creative lab. These efforts will enable artists to access the latest developments in fields such as virtual reality, synthetic biology, artificial intelligence, and location-based technologies so they can create new ideas and images for our time. The mission of The Shed includes taking science and technology out of their isolation as either instrumental to commerce or isolated in academia and into their most meaningful expressions as culture, a goal that is enabled by the unique and flexible infrastructure of the building.

 

A Prelude to

May 1–13, 2018

  • ABRA
  • Kunlé Adeyemi
  • Arca
  • Asmara
  • Azealia Banks
  • William Forsythe
  • Reggie ‘Regg Roc’ Gray
  • Dorothea von Hantelmann
  • DJ Haram
  • Josh Johnson
  • Cedric Price
  • Asad Raza
  • Tino Sehgal
  • Total Freedom
  • Yves Tumor
10th Ave and 31st St

From May 1 to 13, The Shed will present our pre-opening program A Prelude to The Shed, a free arts event, at 10th Avenue and 31st Street in Manhattan, one block from our permanent home opening in spring 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 NLÉ Works has collaborated closely with artist Tino Sehgal to design a temporary space in which dancers move and reconfigure the structure in a fluid integration of architecture and choreography.

A stroll through the fun palace presents an influential but unrealized project developed in 1961 by architect Cedric Price and theater director Joan Littlewood: The Fun Palace, a key reference for The Shed’s permanent building.

Each afternoon, and into the early evening, Sehgal’s work This variation will be enacted in alternation with choreographer William Forsythe’s Pas de Deux Cent Douze, a radical reimagining of the central duet from his seminal 1987 ballet In the Middle, Somewhat Elevated specially commissioned for Prelude.

D.R.E.A.M. Ring dance battles, organized by Reggie ‘Regg Roc’ Gray, take place early evenings. The D.R.E.A.M. Ring dancers are part of The Shed’s pre-opening commission FlexNYC, whose participants (elementary through high-school age) explore social issues and self-expression through flexn, a form of street dance with roots in Jamaican Bruk Up.

Schema for a School is a two-week-long experimental course for students of varied backgrounds taking place throughout Prelude. Developed by Asad Raza, together with Jeff Dolven and D. Graham Burnett, Schema aims to enact more embodied models for teaching and learning. The main thematic focus of this course is “We”—the first-person plural. It will be open to the public on Saturday, May 5, and Saturday, May 12, from 11:30 a.m.

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.

Prelude’s series of evening conversations on new institutional models for the 21st century considers the politics of ritualized gatherings and the role of art and culture in social connectivity. Dorothea von Hantelmann, Professor of Art and Society at Bard College Berlin, and Shed Senior Program Advisor Hans Ulrich Obrist organized the talks; The Shed’s Chief Science and Technology Officer Kevin Slavin served as an advisor. Von Hantelmann has written an essay, specially commissioned for Prelude, that considers new ritual forms for the 21st century. Von Hantelmann’s booklet will be distributed freely at the Prelude site.

If you are interested in participating in Schema for a School please apply here.

Prelude is programmed by Alex Poots, Hans Ulrich Obrist, Tino Sehgal, Dorothea von Hantelmann, Julia Simpson, Tamara McCaw, and Kevin Slavin. 

The site for Prelude has been generously provided by Frank H. McCourt, Jr., and McCourt Global.

We are grateful to our Board of Directors and to our early supporters for their vision, courage, and commitment to our growing, ambitious organization.

Selection from the Cedric Price Archive curated by the Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal. All works by Cedric Price are from the Cedric Price fonds at the Canadian Centre for Architecture. 

We are grateful to the University of Southern California Glorya Kaufman School of Dance for supporting the development of William Forsythe’s commission.

We are grateful to the Office of the Provost and the Center for the Humanities at The Graduate Center, CUNY, for supporting the participation of the CUNY students taking part in Schema for a School.

Thank you to Lorenza Baroncelli, Scientific Director of the exhibition Cedric Price & Lucius Burckhardt, A stroll through a fun palace, and to the Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia for their support of the exhibition’s presentation at the Swiss Pavilion at the 2014 Venice Architecture Biennale.

FAQ

Are Prelude tickets free?

Yes, admission is free. A number of walk-in tickets to all events, including those sold out online, will be available onsite daily

If an event is sold out in advance, will there be a standby line? Is it worth coming for the standby line?

Yes and we recommend trying the standby line. We will do our best to accommodate as many people as possible.

Can I leave and come back?

Please note that we have a no re-entry policy. If you leave the Prelude site you will need to get a new ticket at the onsite box office, if they are available.

Is this a rain or shine event?

Yes, Prelude will take place outdoors and will continue in all weather. Free ponchos will be available in the event of rain. Please leave umbrellas at home so that all attendees can view the stage.

Is this a seated event?

Tickets are standing room, general admission.

What shoes should I wear?

As this is an outdoor event with variable terrain, we recommend flat, closed-toe shoes.  

Is the event ADA accessible?

Yes, the ADA entrance is located at 31st Street and Tenth Avenue. Please speak with our staff if you have additional needs that will help you enjoy the program.

How can I learn more about The Shed?

Please explore this wesbsite and follow our social channels @theshedny.

How can I support The Shed?

Please click here to learn more about becoming a Shed Mover, our new membership program, for only $10, or to make a donation.

Is there anything I can’t bring on site?

Please note the following items are prohibited on the Prelude site:

  • Weapons of any kind
  • Outside food or beverages
  • Large bags and suitcases (larger than 13” x 17”)
  • Professional cameras / video / audio recording devices
  • Tripods or selfie sticks
  • Bicycles, skates, scooters, skateboards, segways, drones, or similar devices
  • Chairs or blankets
  • Coolers
  • Noise-making devices
  • Flags or signs
  • Pets
  • Umbrellas
  • Flammable or explosive devices
  • Any items deemed to potentially cause a safety or security concern

Is there food available on site?

Yes, there is a café that will serve grab-and-go fare, as well as beverages including wine and beer. Please note, payment is only accepted by credit card; no cash will be accepted onsite.