Program: Access to Arts
Area of Work: Arts
Grant Purpose: BOUNCE: A Basketball Opera
The mission of Ardea Arts is to create and produce provocative new works of music-theater to make the opera experience accessible but challenging to widely diverse audiences of all ages. Their approaches are:
- Engaging diverse audiences & new generations in the process and the performances of the opera; and
- Partnering with producers and community organizations to extend their reach both within and far outside the walls of the opera house.
Purpose: To support bringing BOUNCE to New York City communities, their new work of immersive theater, which had its development premiere in November 2017 with development partner University of Kentucky Opera Theatre.
Performed on an actual basketball court, the story is grounded in contemporary issues facing today’s youth, particularly teen violence. The production, which pairs diverse casting, with a fresh approach to arts education, integrates local and high school students into the world of opera and music theater using the powerful medium of basketball.