NY PopsUp, a months-long festival that begins February 20 and is described by organizers as a model for how live shows are making a comeback amid Covid-19, has outlined its inaugural high-profile release.
Last month, Governor Andrew Cuomo first unveiled the initiative, which will continue into Labor Day through a public-private partnership overseen by producers Scott Rodin and Jane Rosenthal. PopsUp events, which will span across the five boroughs of New York City as well as North and West New York, will be available to the public and most of them are free. Certified artists include Hugh Jackman, Renee Fleming, Amy Schumer, Alec Baldwin, Chris Rock, Matthew Broderick, Sarah Jessica Parker, Patti Smith, Mandy Patinkin, Q-Tip and Billy Porter. (See below for a more complete list.)
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The festival, according to the advertisement, “aims to revitalize the spirit and emotional well-being of New Yorkers through the energy of live performance as the struggling live entertainment sector begins in New York.” The New York State Board of Arts and Empire State Development coordinate closely with the organizers.
When asked in his daily news briefing today about whether the festival would be a union affair (a relevant question given the devastating impact of the epidemic on the performance community) Cuomo said he did not know. He said, “I must check.” The actor’s rights on Como tweeted, “MeIf it is not a union, then it is neither safe nor fair. We are ready to do this work together, while protecting the unions. “
The events promised to “ignite imaginary clashes of different artistic forms.” The lineup was highlighted by two summer events: the 20th Tribeca Film Festival Anniversary in June and a new festival in a completely new location, Small Island. The park and performance space at Pier 55 along the Hudson River was designed in 2014 and endorsed by media and technology mogul Barry Diller and his wife, fashion designer Diane von Furstenberg. After a series of construction delays and bickering with opponents such as real estate giant Douglas Dorset, it is set to be completed in the spring.
Programming for NY PopsUp is coordinated by multidisciplinary artist Zack Winokur, along with a board of art advisors from the state’s art communities. The shows will be in a “steady move with state public health officials,” while adhering to all Covid-19 safety protocols.
“Cities have taken a real hit during Covid,” Cuomo said in the press release. “The economy will not be back fast enough on its own – we have to do it.” “Creative synergy is vital for cities to survive, and our art and cultural industries across the country have been shut down, taking a heavy toll in workers and the economy. We want to be resolute in reopening the country and putting our economy back on track, and NY PopsUp will be an important bridge to restoring Opening up world-class performance venues and institutions on a larger scale. “
One of the defining aspects of the festival will be the innovative use of the natural and built environment throughout the city and the country. Transportation stations, parks, subway docks, museums, skate parks, street corners, fire escape lanes, parking lots, storefronts and other places will become performance venues. Instead of the usual event-production mentality, which is to fill places with mass audiences, the festival will aim to transform commutes, communities and places that are not usually seen as destined for the arts. PopsUp will be a collection of events, designed for safe and modest crowds of spectators.
With Covid restrictions easing year-round, regulators and officials say NY PopsUp will serve as a model for reopening multidisciplinary and flexible venues across the state. The indoor shows will be the first since the pandemic began in early 2020 and will mark a milestone in the state’s recovery. After the Corona virus swept through China, then Italy and Western Europe, it found its global center in New York City. Over the course of several weeks in March and April, residents of the city suffered a series of nerve-wracking events, with hospitals crowded and sirens crowded.
The so-called “flexible spaces,” whose unstable seating and adaptive design make them well-suited to social distancing and capacity constraints, is seen as an essential step before reopening more permanent venues like Broadway or Lincoln Center. Examples include The Shed, The Apollo, Harlem Stage, La MaMa and the Alice Busch Opera Theater at the Glimmerglass Festival. All indoor events will strictly follow public health and safety guidelines issued by the Ministry of Health.
“Inviting artists to other artists as a way to build a gigantic creative community for this festival will stimulate opportunities for unbridled, bold and intimate collaborations that would not otherwise be possible. As a result, the work presented will represent an almost unlimited scope, disparate styles, systems and conflicting viewpoints to infiltrate the daily lives of New Yorkers. In a real and unprecedented surprise
Roads, Winocor explained. “Ultimately, this festival is about using art as a way to restore human contact.”
Sure performers from the worlds of theater, dance, poetry, comedy, pop music, opera and much more include Hugh Jackman, Renee Fleming, Amy Schumer, Alec Baldwin, Chris Rock, Matthew Broderick, Sarah Jessica Parker, Isabel Leonard, Nico Mohele, Joyce Didonato, John Airlie, Kate Berlant, and Patty Smith, Mandy Patinkin, Raja Feather Kelly, Jenny Bridges, Kenan Thompson, Gavin Krell, Garth Fagan, Larry Owens, Q-Tepe, Billy Porter, Conrad Tao, Bobby Jane Smith, O. Schreiber, Tina Landau, Rhiannon Giddens, Aparna Nanchirela, Anthony Rodriguez, Jonathan Grove, Savion Glover, Dormicia Sumbre-Edwards, Chris Seles, Kristen Gorky, Kelly O’Hara, Dave Haynes, Phoebe Robinson, Sarah Mearns, George Saunders, Caleb Teecher, Daniel Brooks, Jeremy Dink, Edina Menzel, Sundra Radfanowski, Gabe Carinod Moreno and Davehmansl Taylor Mac, Sutton Foster, Jesse Muller and Courtney Topanga Washington.
“As two lifelong New Yorkers, it was very devastating to see our creative community come to a standstill for a year,” said Rodin and Rosenthal in a joint statement. “Unthinkable. We both spend our lives generating opportunities for artists, so we were overjoyed that Governor Cuomo asked us to light a spark to bring art and performance back to life for the sake of the state. The emotional enthusiasm of every person we asked him to join us in this stimulus would make this an act of love and invention.” We are honored to lead this campaign. Frankly, our deep hope is that by the time NY PopsUp culminates in Labor Day, New York will be well on its way to reopening and revitalizing, and that this initiative, having served its purpose, will not be necessary. It is the spark, And not fire – fire is the complete return of all arts, in its full glory, and stands as it has always been in the rich and passionate life of the city and state in which we live. “
Rudin, in addition to his ongoing work in film and television, is heavily invested in the Broadway theater. Rosenthal, who produces partners with Robert De Niro, co-founded the Tribeca Film Festival as a response to the 9/11 attacks.
The idea for Little Island, the first public park of its kind about to open on the Hudson River that combined nature and art, was a solution to repair and revitalize New York’s West Side after its devastation. By Hurricane Sandy. The Diller-von Furstenberg Family Foundation project, this is yet another example of the unique power of the arts to revive New York in the aftermath of crisis. Few
Island, which will start hosting shows in June, will be a year-round permanent home for accessible multidisciplinary programming, and will continue to bring artists and audiences together long after NY PopsUp hosts its final performance. Little Island will host its own festival, The Festival at Little Island, in conjunction with the final weeks of NY PopsUp. The festival on Little Island, which kicks off on August 11, 2021 and continues until September 5, will host an average of 16 events per day, for a total of 325 shows by around 500 artists.
More details on NY PopsUp will be announced soon. Please note that, due to the impromptu nature and surprising element of the pop-up format, not all offers will be announced in advance. Please follow NYPopsUp on Twitter and Instagram for the latest.
The first shows will include, among others not yet announced, the following: Starting Saturday, February 20 (Opening Day), members of the Artists Council will lead a show at the Javits Center as a special tribute to our healthcare workers. John Baptiste, Anthony Ruth Costanzo, Cecil McLaurin Salvant, Ayodelle Cassell, as well as other special guests will be featured in the show.
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Throughout the day, performers will travel all over New York City, meeting audiences at various locations in all five boroughs in squares, workplaces, parks and street corners, following in the footsteps of locations such as Flushing Post Office, Elmhurst Hospital, and St. Barnabas Hospital. Saturday will conclude with one of Jon Batiste’s Love Riots signature starting in Walt
Whitman Park and ends at Golconda Stadium in Brooklyn.
On Sunday, February 21, legendary choreographer Garth Fagan’s company will lead a special show at MAGIC Spell Studios at Rochester Institute of Technology as a tribute to the employees who made it possible for RIT to stay open and safe during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Fagan said in a statement: “I proudly and happily remember receiving the New York State Governor’s Award for the Arts from Governor Mario Como and his wife Matilda in 1986. It is appropriate that we work with their son during the 50th Anniversary season and Governor Andrew Cuomo and the state of New York.
Revive the magic of live performance in Rochester, New York, while also honoring our unpopular core workers. We look forward NY PopsUp creates more opportunities for New York State artists in the coming months! “
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These collaborations include George Gershwin’s New York City anthem, Rhapsody in Blue, performed by New York-based pianist and composer Conrad Tao, with new choreography by Caleb Teicher. The Missing Element, a house-box and street dance collaborative, featuring Chris Seles and Anthony
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A series of shows in storefront windows, amplified on the street, from artists Gavin Creel, J’Nai Bridges, Davóne Tines, Bobbi Jene Smith, Or Schraiber, and more.
A new live radio program hosted by Chris Thiel, broadcasts from the cliffs across New York State, from Brooklyn and the East Village to the Steps of the Empire State Plaza in Albany opposite the Capitol Building.
A series of dynamic and engaging shows created by Ayodele Casel that take place in the lobbies of free museums throughout New York City, including the Brooklyn Museum and the Queens Museum.