After over a year of pronounced national conflict, contempt, violence, protest, and ideological discord a group of artists, led by Niegel Smith, Artistic Director of The Flea, began to develop Arden, an interactive performance that blurs boundaries between theater, installation art, augmented reality, ritual, and party to explore love and grace at this moment in history. Fellow key artists include Carrie Mae Weems, Diana Oh, Okwui Okpokwasili, and Peter Born.
Arden is in development throughout 2021 and will premiere in 2022. The artists will activate the Greenway Terrace at Pier 3 with a 60 minute excerpt from Arden featuring Niegel Smith, Diana Oh, Okwui Okpokwasili, and more. The showing will be interactive, musical, and enchanting, and will invite audiences into a liberating ritual about love.
This FREE event will take place at Pier 3 Greenway Terrace. Advanced reservations are required as capacity will be limited to 30 people per showing. Walk ups will be accommodated as space allows. Open Rehearsal is at 4:00 PM. At 7:00 PM the artists will present the official process showing of Arden. Both the open rehearsal and final showing require advanced registration here.
May 19: While the CDC and NY State have eased outdoor mask guidance for vaccinated individuals, masks for public gatherings are still recommended. With that, all participants in organized Park programs, even those who are fully vaccinated, will be required to wear a face covering. We will continue to monitor and respond to CDC, State, and City guidelines over the coming weeks. Access full event safety information here.