– Sarah-Jane Bennison, Director of Sales & Marketing for Hammerstein Ballroom
This Is What We’ve Been Waiting For
AXWELL Headlining First Act of Cosmic Opera
“Baroque-era performers, along with dancers and acrobats… a 360-degree spectacle”
– Rolling Stone
“Theatrical events with dreamlike imagery… visually striking.”
– New York Times
Since Cosmic Opera’s mysterious teaser video and Twitter countdown were released last week, the internet has been abuzz about the “extrasensory dance event series” that promises to change the landscape of dance music forever.
Today, the curtain has been dropped; the promise renewed.
The official launch reveals Cosmic Opera’s inaugural headliner (and partner in production) to be none other than Swedish House Mafia member and EDM icon, Axwell.
Flanked by as-yet-unnamed supporting acts spanning a variety of genres, Axwell and Cosmic Opera will transform New York City’s historic Hammerstein Ballroom on Friday, February 24. Advanced tickets go on sale Tuesday, January 17 at 10am EST. General tickets go on sale Wednesday, January 18 at 10am EST.
“When I was formulating the idea for Cosmic Opera, finding the right venue was one of the most important decisions I needed to make. Hammerstein’s legendary history of iconic performances and profound architecture gave me much of the inspiration for the vision of Cosmic Opera. When I first walked in to discuss the idea, I immediately knew it would be the perfect home for this event series.”
– Justin Cohen, Founder & Creator of Cosmic Opera
As reported by the New York Times earlier today, founder Justin Cohen has ambitions to change the way people experience electronic-dance concerts, turning them into theatrical events with dreamlike imagery. Mr. Cohen said that Cosmic Opera will also have a storyline, with costumed actors mingling in the crowd.
While the announcement of the globally renowned DJ Axwell will surely make the Cosmic Opera kick-off the first must-see event of 2012, the production will not stop there. The team behind this new brand of unique events does not drop the word “extrasensory” lightly. If the latest Cosmic Opera teaser video is any indication, this show will be like nothing ever seen before.
“We are absolutely thrilled to be collaborating with Justin and his highly creative, forward-thinking team. Manhattan Center continues to set the venue bar in NYC, showcasing unique and diverse events, with the 3 upcoming Acts of Cosmic Opera in the Hammerstein Ballroom.”
Cosmic Opera: This Is What We’ve Been Waiting For
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Bringing this revolutionary new event to the masses is Justin Cohen, former COO of the Summit Series, the top ranked conference event in the world. Justin has already made a name for himself through his exemplary creativity and drive, and was profiled in Fast Company and Forbes for executing what Forbes called a “floating SXSW” through his work with the Summit Series. With a background in event production of all sorts, Justin had the idea for Cosmic Opera when he saw a revolution in music, but no revolutionary event to showcase it. The 24 year-old has consequently gathered a team of the best and brightest minds of our age to bring this extraordinary vision to fruition. The team behind Cosmic Opera is comprised of diverse innovators from music, events, production, technology, theater, marketing, and videos. The video team has worked on films like Requim for a Dream, and television such as The Sopranos and Sex in the City. The production team includes experts who oversee the World Science Festival, the top laser crafters who installed lasers on the pyramids of Egypt, and high-tech visual designers who possess the newest 3D mapping capabilities