Broadway and Beyond: ‘Art Bath’ Performance Series Combines Different Artistic Styles to Open Audiences to New Experiences

NEW YORK — Some of the city’s best visual artists and performers are thrown into a big “artistic bath” during a series of parties taking over a historic gallery space in Manhattan with a melange of styles, imagery and of sounds.

Singer and master of ceremonies Storm Merrerro invites the public to dive into Art Bath.

It’s a happy gathering to enjoy different styles of art in five spaces at the Blue Building in Midtown East. What was once a former stable, factory, and power company on East 46th Street is now a sprawling performance space steeped in history with 12-foot ceilings.

“Art Bath, we want you to bathe in it, all the art, everything we’ve come across missed in the last two years – music, dance, poetry, let it wash over you,” producer Liz Yilmaz said. .

Yilmaz gave CBS2’s Dave Carlin a behind-the-scenes tour, telling him how it all started with three longtime dancers for the Met Opera — Yilmaz, César Abreu and Mara Driscoll.

The three friends decided the best way to bring the art back in a bang after the pandemic shut down was to curate it themselves, mixing it all up creatively.

Abreu began performing professionally as a child, was a member of boyband Menudo, and was with Met Opera for 16 seasons. He wants to change the relationship with the public and the artists.

Each Art Bath event begins with an informal cocktail hour and guest artists bond with audience members and talk to each other throughout the night.

“Viewers are gently guided from each room to experience something different,” Abreu said. “Basically, as the audience walks in, they discover something different about each room.”

Driscoll says artists who participate in Art Bath are encouraged to take artistic risks.

“Allowing artists to create across borders what they may have created in the past,” she said.

The performer-turned-producer trio say creating Art Bath is a dream come true.

“I’ve really taken advantage of COVID to explore new things and found this passion for producing…opening people up to new things,” Driscoll said.

“It’s just kind of a silver lining to a new chapter in my creative career,” Yilmaz said.

“To create opportunities to bring people together,” Abreu said.

The next Art Bath parties will take place on March 26 and April 23, and the producers say they expect to add additional dates in the future.

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