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Behind the Rainbow Curtain: Nick Cave Invites Us to the Queerest, Craziest Party of the Season


Nick Cave likes to make noise. For decades, the sculptor, dancer, and installation artist has created kinetic, captivating costumes using sonorous materials. But that’s nothing compared to his most ambitious installation yet, which includes a 100-foot-long roving rainbow Mylar curtain, a church choir, and Soul Train lines.

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For The Let Go, his upcoming residency at New York’s Park Avenue Armory, running June 7 through July 1, Cave will transform Wade Thompson Drill Hall into a full-on rager. In addition to DJ sets and dance performances, he plans to unveil his new “Up Right” soundsuits, wearable sculptures that conceal race, gender, and class so that guests connect on a visceral level; attendees can also expect tai chi, hula hoopers, and Twister.

For Cave, the sprawling bash is a rare chance to cross-pollinate political movements. “Politics today push our cultural identities to a boil,” he says, “but where do we go from there? How do we let go? Where do we let go?” To answer those questions, Cave hopes to offer “a place to be liberated, express your independence, and freestyle.” Because if movement can provide a voice, then maybe The Let Go can give voice to a movement.

For more information on the residency, click here.

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