Lincoln Center plans to create 10 outdoor performance spaces and stages this spring, in an effort to revitalize the performing arts industry.
The program, entitled Restart Stages, will include a concert and cabaret series by Lincoln Center Theater, dance workshops from New York City Ballet, concerts from the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and movie screenings by Film at Lincoln Center. Restart Stages will commence on April 7 with a performance for healthcare workers.
This effort is being developed in partnership with NY State PopsUP, Gov. Cuomo’s initiative which features pop-up performances across the state.
The planned venues include a stage on Lincoln Center’s Hearst Plaza, spaces for public school graduations, an outdoor reading room — created in partnership with The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts — and a family and kids area with arts activities.
Lincoln Center will also partner on programming with guest curators including Bronx Academy of Arts and Dance, Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute, Harlem Week and the Harlem Arts Alliance, Korean Cultural Center New York and Weeksville Heritage Center.
“The cultural community has an urgent role to play in the revitalization of New York, to showcase that our city is not just back economically, but spiritually and socially,” said Henry Timms, president and chief executive of Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts.
In addition to in-person attendance, performances will also be able to be viewed via livestream on Lincoln Center and other digital platforms.