Dumbo: The Six Foot Platform: Opera on Tap
Inspired by the Zoltar machine at Coney Island and in tribute to our many performing artists who have struggled for work due to the pandemic, OPERACADES creates a unique public performance venue and mobile public art installation. With the OPERACADES, Opera on Tap aims to create an artistic experience that evokes nostalgia for another time and type of performance practice. At the same time, they point towards a future for opera and classical music that puts innovation, community engagement, equity and inclusion at the forefront. Multiple configurations and interactive performance practices for and with the audience in open public spaces will be presented. OPERACADES are a vision conjured by Opera on Tap’s Artistic Director Anne Hiatt, Sound Designer Todd Perlmutter and Production Designer Ramona Ponce. The OPERACADES are brought to life through their partners at New Orleans Opera and their brilliant scenic builder Keith Christopher and scenic painter Nathan Arthur. The Six Foot Platform performance will be the official NYC premiere of OPERACADES.
The Dumbo Improvement District announces programming for the inaugural Six Foot Platform Experimental Residency Program, presented in partnership with Brooklyn Arts Council. Twelve Brooklyn-based artists were chosen by a panel following an open call for works in spring 2021 to participate in full-day residencies on a 6’ by 6’ platform on Washington Street, one of New York City’s most iconic blocks, on Saturdays from June 19 to September 4 from 12pm to 9pm.
Multi-genre and encouraging participation from spectators, Six Foot Platform programming includes interactive art installations, plus unconventional music and dance performances.
“It’s a joy to see the creativity and talent of the artists who are emerging from the pandemic in full bloom,” said Dumbo Improvement District President Alexandria Sica. “Washington Street is full of photo seekers. Of course, we want to bombard them with thought provoking, compelling art! Culture on the corner—it couldn’t be more perfect for New York City’s comeback summer.”
All Six Foot Platform programs are on Saturdays from 12pm to 9pm at the intersection of Washington and Water Streets.