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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.

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.

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.

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 in the Humanities. 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.

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, organized the conversations in collaboration with Shed Senior Program Advisor Hans Ulrich Obrist; The Shed’s Chief Science and Technology Officer Kevin Slavin served as an advisor.

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Ticket/Venue Information

May 1 – 13, 2018
10th Avenue and 31st Street

Event Information

All tickets are general admission, standing-only and can be reserved in advance

You can select from three available entry time slots each day (you may stay as long as you’d like)

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

Performance times are subject to change

There is a limit of two tickets per email address

Visitors may enter at any time within the ticketed time slot

This is an outdoor event; comfortable, closed-toe footwear is recommended

The ADA accessible entrance is located at 31st Street and Tenth Avenue

There is no re-entry; if you leave the site you must obtain a new ticket, if available

For any ticketing questions, please email

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