New Orleans Airlift 10th Anniversary

New Orleans Airlift’s 10th Anniversary at the Contemporary Arts Center of New Orleans

October 30, 2019 11:30pm - November 11, 2019 1:30am

New Orleans Airlift is celebrating 10 years of collaboration at the CAC on November 9th!

New Orleans Airlift is an artist-run organization that creates and collaborates alongside the artists they support. Established in 2009, Airlift seeks to inspire wonder, connect communities, and foster opportunities through the creation of experimental public artworks. Most known for its flagship project, the Music Box Village, a permanent installation of “musical architecture” that serves as a one-of-a-kind site for collaboration between New Orleans artists and artists across the world, Airlift has created numerous other projects over the past decade, guided by this same mission.

Alumni artists who have generously shared their time and creativity with New Orleans Airlift and our city are returning to revisit old friends and create new work on a grand scale, inside and outside at the Contemporary Arts Center, New Orleans on the evening of November 9th.

Avey Tare and Deakin, of experimental pop band Animal Collective, return to screen an exclusive excerpt from their 2018 performance in the Music Box Village, and to perform on Airlift’s traveling musical architecture installation Porch Life, back to back with Grammy winners Lost Bayou Ramblers.

2014’s Bounce Meets Vogue Ball enters its second round with new music by Drake collaborator Ha Sizzle and “Pose” TV show creator Jack Mizrahi, along with special performances by Vogue and Bounce powerhouses (and fellow Pose creator) Twiggy Pucci Garçon, DJ MikeQ and Sinia Alaia plus Katey Red and more local Bounce and Vogue artists.

Car fanatics the Louisiana Whipz, the DirtySouth Ryderz Horse Riding Club, Caramel Curves motorcycle club, plus Chief Ifáṣèyí Bamgbàlà and other members of New Orleans public ceremonial culture will show out on feet, wheels and hoofs to celebrate the multiple projects they’ve created with Airlift honoring the pageantry of New Orleans’ truly unique street scene in an outdoor/indoor Tableaux Vivant, reminiscent of Rally Under the Bridge and Public Practice, directed by Ifátùmínínú Bamgbàlà Arẹ̀sà and Airlift co-founder Delaney Martin.

A performance and installation recalling 2017’s New Water Music will be featured in the atrium of the CAC, that will include music from the original composition by Yotam Haber performed by Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra members. New Water Music was an epic performance on and around Lake Pontchartrain to address coastal destruction, created in collaboration with Haber, the LPO, shrimp and oyster boat captains, community partners and Black Magic Drumline among numerous other community musicians.