Illustrations: Rockwell Group/TAIT
NYC-based architect David Rockwell and his architecture and design firm Rockwell Group have joined forces with TAIT, a global leader in the design and construction of solutions for live events, to create OpenStage NYC, a new initiative that utilizes portable staging, to help arts organizations move to outdoor performances this spring. It is expected that the performance stages will utilize streets, plazas, and other public spaces identified as part of the Open Culture program as well as other public performance programs in New York City.
To program the stages, Rockwell Group and TAIT have partnered with the Bronx Academy of Arts and Dance (BAAD!), BRIC, and the LaGuardia Performing Arts Center (LPAC) to help theses arts organizations in book performances in the same or multiple locations within the borough.
LPAC will use the space behind the theaters for programming and plans to work with other Queens-based artists and organizations to tour the borough of Queens and provide live entertainment; BAAD!’s programming will take place on its property in the Bronx and will kick-off with Boogie Down Dance Series performances in mid-April through May; while BRIC has a number of programs planned in Brooklyn.
Last year, Rockwell Group launched DineOutNYC to advocate for public space for restaurants for outdoor dining. In addition to his other architecture and design work, Rockwell has designed the sets for many Broadway and off-Broadway productions, including “She Loves Me,” for which he won the Tony Award, “Hairspray”, “Kinky Boots,” and “The Normal Heart.”
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