Art of darkness: Uncover art with a flashlight at Brooklyn Lyceum

Entrancing: Isaac Bush, center with tie, and the other artists who will be performing live the “Live Art Market” at Park Slope’s Brooklyn Lyceum.
Photo by Stefano Giovannini

Talk about the dark arts!

On March 1, Park Slope’s Brooklyn Lyceum will be plunged into near-darkness as 50 Brooklyn-based artists exhibit and perform circus acts, music, visual arts and more throughout the quirky bathhouse-turned-event space. But don’t expect any spotlights to illuminate the shows — instead, audience members will each be issued a flashlight to explore the experimental event on their own.

“The aesthetic of the night is quite dark and raw to reflect the cavernous space of Brooklyn Lyceum,” said Isaac Bush, artistic director of the Circle Theater of New York, which is organizing the event.

The theater collective created the event — dubbed a “Live Art Market” — to give alternative artists in the borough a new platform for their work.

“It is a showcase for alternative artist,” said Bush, who hopes to make “Live Art Market” a quarterly event. “Art that is collaborative, out of the box, and challenges the medium which it belongs to.”

In order to keep the attendees on their toes, specific details about exactly what will take place on the night are almost as shadowy as the event itself. But Bush promised that the format will ensure each patron experiences a unique, interactive adventure in their torch-guided travels.

“The audience will definitely have a three-dimensional experience with this event,” he said.

Even many of the other scheduled performers are in the dark about exactly what will happen once the lights go down.

“I guess we’ll find out when we walk in,” said a spokesperson for roots-rock band the Hollows, one of many acts audience members will be able to search for in the darkness. “It sounds really immersive, which is cool.”

“Live Art Market” at Brooklyn Lyceum [227 Fourth Ave. between Union and President streets in Park Slope, (718) 857–4816 www.circletheaterny.org]. March 1 at 7 pm. $15 advance, $20 at door, $150 VIP.

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