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Roulette Launches its Fall 2020 Season: Live Streamed from our Stage


As Roulette adapts to the new realities and constraints created by the Covid-19 pandemic and implements protocols to operate safely and in accordance with city, state, and federal health guidelines, we also look to the future.

We are forging ahead to present new work, live streamed from our performance space and offered to the public free of charge, beginning in September 2020. We are doing this even amidst the uncertainty and constant influx of new information that has become a feature of life since the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic because we at Roulette believe that experimental art has a vital role in imagining and building a new, better path forward. No other art form provides a more relevant, living, breathing space for new thought, and perhaps no time has demanded new ways of thinking more than the present.

While Roulette remains closed to the public, and much of our staff continues to work remotely, we have created a comprehensive reopening plan, instituted special training for staff onsite, increased and intensified the regular cleanings our venue undergoes, and implemented a screening process for anyone entering Roulette. An overview of Roulette’s reopening stages and details on our current operating procedures are available at Roulette.org/reopening.

Building a new future is a joint effort between forward-thinking artists and an engaged and critical public. As we reopen and begin presenting performances again–carefully and with adherence to strict safety protocols–we do so in pursuit of that collaborative process of creation and transformation. For more than 40 years, Roulette has been a home for adventurous artists and audiences. We hope you will join us online and, when it’s safe to gather again, in person. We look forward to announcing our full season line-up on roulette.org in early September.

Dispatch: Muyassar Kurdi

Muyassar Kurdi is a New York City-based interdisciplinary artist working across sound, performance, movement, visual arts, and film. Kurdi’s 2020 Roulette Commission Vast Geographiesa performance with bassist Luke Stewart based in ritual exploring ecology, movement in stillness, walking, embodiment, and sound as liquid architecture—originally set for April 22, 2020 has been postponed due to the pandemic.

Kurdi shares a series of paintings done in the midst of total isolation in NYC since mid-March. Kurdi notes, “I feel painting has been my main activity during quarantine because it’s meditative and deepens my exploration in color. Color has been really healing.”

All painting from April 2020. 35mm film photo by Maren Celeste.

As part of our Roulette at Home digital initiative, Dispatches is set of brief communications or small collections of new work from artists, sent directly to our community—a way to remain connected and engaged in a time marked by distance and isolation.






Roulette at Home

As we adapt to this challenging and unparalleled moment presented by COVID-19, our greatest priority is to keep everyone safe and healthy. As a result, Roulette has suspended its live programming for the time being. We hope to resume our Spring Season and welcome you back to our venue in mid-May (or as soon as officials and health experts advise that it is safe to gather). Read our official statement here.

In the meantime, we are excited to introduce Roulette at Home — a way for us to stay connected through special digital content in our newsletters and social media channels. We hope you will join us in the discovery and exploration of concert recordings, video, podcasts, Roulette TV, archival photographs, writing, and interviews from Roulette’s 40-year history delivered to you at a social distance.

We believe in the importance of art in difficult times and we remain committed to supporting and nourishing our artists and community. We will see you online, and hopefully in-person very soon.

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