In advance of its planned opening in glitzy new environs in Manhattan in spring 2019, the Shed performance space has announced a 12-day “Prelude” event series for an empty lot at 10th Avenue and 30th Street. Among the multidisciplinary lineup’s highlights are a dance-related collaboration between Tino Sehgal and architect Kunlé Adeyemi (including an artwork by William Forsythe); an “experimental school” by Asad Raza; musical performances by Arca, ABRA, and Azealia Banks; and a series of panel talks organized by writer and curator Dorothea von Hantelmann along with Shed artistic adviser Hans Ulrich Obrist and chief science and technology officer Kevin Slavin.
The series of free events will run from May 1 to 13 one block away from the Shed’s future home as an architecturally agile 200,000-square-foot performance center designed by Diller Scofidio + Renfro in collaboration with Rockwell Group in Hudson Yards.
In a statement, Alex Poots, the Shed’s artistic director and CEO, said, “One block away from our future home on the west side, we are temporarily transforming an empty lot into a flexible public space for new work, collaboration, and dialogue. ‘Prelude’ begins to demonstrate the Shed’s mission to nurture artistic invention by commissioning and presenting new work for a wide audience.”