It’s officially springtime and that means new immersive theater offerings are popping up all over the world. In New York, a limited engagement show from the creators of Sleep No More and Queen of the Night debuts in May 2017 called Seeing You.
At this point, very few details have been released on what exactly this new theatrical journey entails. However, we do know that this show is being designed by many creative individuals with loads of experience. From the press release:
Seeing You, a new immersive experience, has been announced for a limited six-week engagement in New York City.
At once narcotic and eye-opening, Seeing You is the result of a bold collaboration between Randy Weiner, Ryan Heffington, and Cantora (Will Griggs and Nick Panama), featuring production and costume design from Desi Santiago.
Randy Weiner has been hailed as “the leading impresario of nontraditional theater in New York” by The New York Times, and “a mad genius of nightlife” by the Wall Street Journal. He is a producer of Sleep No More at the formerly abandoned McKittrick Hotel and is the creator of Queen of the Night at the Diamond Horseshoe at the Paramount Hotel.
Ryan Heffington, who has been described as both “Martha Graham on meth” and “a force to be reckoned with” by the Los Angeles Times, is a performance artist, choreographer, designer, director and the owner of The Sweat Spot dance space in Los Angeles. His collaboration with Sia on the “Chandelier” music video has garnered more than 1.5 Billion internet views and he has worked with dozens of artists such as FKA Twigs, Paul McCartney and Arcade Fire. His most recent work includes the Netflix’s series “The OA” and his collaboration with Spike Jonze on Kenzo’s perfume commercial.
Cantora, led by Will Griggs and Nick Panama, is an entertainment venture group known for signing and developing internationally recognized artists such as MGMT, Bear Hands, and Francis and the Lights, producing live events across the US and Europe, and investing in early stage startups through what TIME Magazine calls “a music-culture-cool tech fund that doesn’t lack for ambition.” Today, Cantora is focused on building entertainment experiences that reshape the relationship between audiences and performers.
Desi Santiago is a New York City-based Puerto Rican visual artist. Santiago’s artistic practice spans from 1990 to the present and is heavily influenced by the subcultures of nightlife, crossing over into the worlds of fashion and art. Santiago has previously collaborated with luxury brand Louis Vuitton for their Louis Vuitton and Marc Jacobs Retrospective at Musee des Arts Decoratif in Paris. He has designed fashion presentations for Loewe, Opening Ceremony, Y-3 and a fashion exhibition at Lincoln Center in New York City honoring Carolina Herrera. Santiago has also designed masks and costumes for McQueen: Savage Beauty (Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 2010 and V&A Museum, London, 2015), Madonna’s MDNA tour, and Hedwig and The Angry Inch on Broadway.
Seeing You will begin performance previews on May 2nd, 2017 at 7:00pm. Tickets are now on-sale at SeeingYou.NYC.
So there you have it. I know we have many immersive theater fans who read Theme Park University. And even though details are sparse as of this writing, dates are already selling out for Seeing You. If you’re going to be in the New York City area between May and June, I suggest snatching up tickets sooner than later.
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