Stacked boxes are compiled in a grid that rises like audience rows overlooking a stage. The variety of seat configurations to provide for several impromptu activities: enjoying musical buskers, viewing dance performances, watching a projected movie, or just taking respite to people watch.
ShowBox is not only an object it will also bring live arts programming to the festival, as well as night time activation and light on the street. Programming will be curated and produced by CounterPulse, and will make specific use of the plug-and-play technical offerings built into the structure, including: spot lighting and perimeter visibility lights, audio/video hook-ups with a projector perch, roll-out dance surface and an info marquee to announce upcoming shows.
During the festival, ShowBox will engage the community in variety of arts activities. CounterPulse will invite local theaters to perform excerpts of their work (Cutting Ball Theater, Piano Fight, EXIT Theater, etc.), artists will lead interactive dance classes for youth and adults, and local musicians will perform (Center for New Music). This project will enable CounterPulse and Jensen to deepen their investment in Central Market, and expand partnerships with other cultural and social service organizations.
The outcome of this community-rooted outreach will poise ShowBox to be a crossroads where Central Market residents, visitors and professionals from many walks of life can come into dialogue through shared cultural experiences. The performing arts are powerfully inclusive. By bringing people together, ShowBox will help temper the effects of the rapid change in our neighborhood, while making Market Street a vibrant hub for arts and culture.
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