POP UP: An Artistic Treasure Hunt

An immersive outdoor artistic treasure hunt where you follow clues on a hand-painted map to discover mini performances that pop up throughout Fort Greene, Brooklyn. There will be three separate treasure hunts each with different performances. Each track lasts approximately one hour and 45 minutes. Audience members are advised to wear comfortable walking shoes. Starting location for each performance is secret and registered audience members will be notified the day before the show.

Irondale Center, in association with Strike Anywhere Performance Ensemble and Tours Soundpainting Orchestra (TSO) presents the U.S. Premiere of PoP Up: An Artistic Treasure Hunt. Over the course of three days this fall, October 4-6, audiences will engage in various treasure hunts and discover 15 site-specific performances via clues on a hand-painted map of Fort Greene, Brooklyn. Inspired by interviews with local Fort Greene residents and business owners, «PoP Up» will be performed by a collective of multidisciplinary performers in public spaces scattered around the neighborhood of inspiration.

Developed over the past four years, «PoP Up» is designed to spark community connection, highlight the extraordinary within the ordinary, and shift perceptions. «PoP Up» is art in everyday places. Performances will pop-up on the street, in windows, parks, and plazas throughout Fort Greene—short apparitions of music, dance, theater and visual art inject a series of alternately playful, poetic or poignant performances. In developing the piece, the creative team conducted interviews with Fort Greene residents who were invited to share memories, dreams, rumors, anecdotes, stories and impressions.

The performances are sculpted through a live-composing sign language called Soundpainting. Strike Anywhere (SA) and the Tours Soundpainting Orchestra (TSO) are two of the top Soundpainting ensembles in the world.

Directors: Leese Walker and Angélique Cormier
Cartographer and Game Master: Julien Rodriguez
Technical Director/Production Design: Steven Brenman
Costume Design: Sabine Solin & Emilie Cohuau
Production Manager: Amanda Chin
Education and Partnerships: Amanda Hinkle Wallace

Leading up to the October premiere, Strike Anywhere will offer free community Soundpainting workshops on September 23 and 30 at 7-9PM at Irondale Center. Anyone interested in getting involved is invited to attend, just sign up here. Workshop participants will be featured in the «PoP Up» finale. This event is part of the Downtown Brooklyn Arts Festival, as well as Brooklyn Falls for France, a cultural season organized by the Cultural Services of the French Embassy and FACE Foundation in partnership with Brooklyn venues.



October 4 – 6 | Friday and Saturday at 7pm, Sunday at noon & 5pm
RSVP for free

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