ABRA is one of various acts slated for performance throughout A Prelude to The Shed.



A Prelude To The Shed Is The Free Alternative Arts Event You've Been Waiting For

A Prelude to The Shed is the two-week cultural event that’s set to shake up the NYC art landscape. Landing in NYC on May 1 and bringing with it all of art and music’s best acts, Prelude will run through May 13, with programming every single day (with the exception of Monday, May 7). Clearly, this is one arts fest that has our attention.

A Prelude to The Shed is the predecessor of—you guessed it—The Shed, which will be opening in the spring of 2019 just one block from where Prelude is hosting. While Prelude is created by Kunlé Adeyemi of NLÉ and artist Tino Sehgal (amongst others), the team behind The Shed is, namely, Diller Scofidio + Renfro in collaboration with Rockwell Group, with Alex Poots serving as Artistic Director. All together, the team has worked to create a fluid environment embedded in dance, pop culture, visual art, and architecture. Thus, A Prelude to The Shed is the first taste of what’s to come. Oh, and it’s 100 percent free.

Each afternoon, indulge yourself in Sehgal’s work paired with American dancer William Forsythe’s choreography, which has been commissioned specifically for Prelude. As the evening continues, the tempo picks up for Reggie “Regg Roc” Gray’s D.R.E.A.M. Ring dance battles that are inspired by the exploration of social issues and self-expression. Throughout Prelude, there will also be an experimental education course focusing around the first-person plural, “We.”

What more could you ask for? Arca? ABRA? Azealia Banks? Talk about the holy trinity?! Each of these artists will be performing throughout the event.

In the words of Prelude’s creators, the event is at its core a space to “consider the politics of ritualized gatherings and the role of art and culture in social connectivity.” But don’t take our word for it—pay a visit to Prelude and experience it for yourself.

Images courtesy of A Prelude to The Shed

Stay tuned to Milk for more art happenings. 

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