Yes, the only way to describe a Sleep No More experience is to categorize it as a movie of sorts. Because in all actuality, it’s not just a theatrical experience, but a cinematic one as well. My third trip to the McKittrick hotel, in the sleepy part of Chelsea, was one that was supposed to be the end for me, but as those haunted halls do, it is drawing me in more than ever. Thursday January 3rd represented the start to both a new year with Sleep No More, and a new year for myself as a person. I went having had the Bald Witch tell me the last time that the third time was going to be the charm. And to be completely honest, I had planned on it being the last until I turned 21. Watch out ahead for some spoilers.
Last night: the abandoned “urban treasure” 5 Beekman St (site of the Maison Martin Margiela x H&M launch party) was easily one of the best spaces I’d been in. Absolutely gorgeous.
Let me first say that this is an experience that everyone should have. Sleep No More is an absolutely immersive and visceral experience. The lack of dialogue, when replaced by both music and dance, institutes an emotional and guttural reaction within the audience. There has to be a way to describe this theatrical artistic event, but nothing comes to mind. I will instead recount the events that I experienced. So warning, spoilers are afoot.
The Lower East side may soon be getting a new park…underground! The newly nicknamed “Low Line” park would be found in an unused trolley terminal under Delancy Street. Thought up by architect James Ramsey, the park’s goal would be to add more green space to NYC while converting a long since dilapidated area into one of use. Much like the recent “High Line,” the Low Line seeks to creatively add natural space into the urban environment.
An interesting feature the Low Line would bring about is the use of a “remote skylight.” This is the use of fiber optic cables that supply the underground area with light that’s filtering out harmful UV and infrared rays while keeping the wavelengths necessary for plants to perform photosynthesis. Ramsey’s other idea is to have solar collectors above ground that supply power to any fixtures needed underground.
The future of the Low Line will soon be decided, as it will be appearing before Community Board 3 on September 21.