The Shed Isn’t Waiting for a Building to Start Programming

February 9, 2018
The planned opening of the Shed, a new arts center in Manhattan, is still one year off, but its programming will begin this May with a free, 12-day collaboration between the architect Kunlé Adeyemi of NLÉ Works and the artist Tino Sehgal.

On an undeveloped lot at 10th Avenue and West 30th Street, a block away from the Shed's permanent home — which is currently under construction — "A Prelude to the Shed" will explore the integration of architecture and choreography in a temporary space where dancers move and reconfigure the structure.

" ‘Prelude' begins to demonstrate the Shed's mission to nurture artistic invention by commissioning and presenting new work for a wide audience," said Alex Poots, the founding artistic director and chief executive, in a statement.

The program will feature a collaboration between Mr. Sehgal and the choreographer William Forsythe, as well as dances by Reggie "Regg Roc" Gray. In the evening, concerts will be held by the rapper Azealia Banks, the R&B singer-songwriter Abra and the producer Arca. Also included will be panels organized by Dorothea von Hantelmann, a writer and curator, and the Shed's artistic adviser, Hans Ulrich Obrist.

Story by Robin Pogrebin
The New York Times