Serving Opera in a Soup Kitchen

We’ve talked about moving art out of traditional venues on Selling Out, and in his post Pick a Venue, Make a Statement, Jim talks specifically about when the site and the content have a powerful connection.

Dance Magazine reports that, during the holidays, New York City’s On Site Opera is presenting Amahl and the Night Visitors inside the Holy Apostles Soup Kitchen, which serves lunch to the homeless on weekdays.

“The one-act opera recounts the story of the three wise men from the point of view of a young disabled boy who lives in poverty with his mother in Bethlehem,” writes Jennifer Stahl.

“For audience members, [choreographer Winston A. Benons Jr.] hopes the work encourages them to think about homelessness with a new kind of empathy. ‘Especially in New York, we see so much homelessness, but we have blinders on. To protect yourself, you can’t engage too much. It’s easy to go through our lives not taking a moment to think about it or to connect.'”

Jim commented in his post that these types of site-specific works could be a formula for both driving sales of tickets and getting community involvement.

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