Last week Constellation Immersive in partnership with Live Nation and Los Angeles Media Fund announced that they will be bringing The DiscOasis, a glittering, theatrical and distinctly to Central Park‘s Wollman Rink starting on June 16, 2022 through October 1, 2022.
The DiscOasis will offer attendees an oasis within an oasis — inviting guests to skate, dance, and let loose in a botanical paradise where music flows and magic grows. The centerpiece will be a glittering roller rink fantastic designed by Tony Award-nominated David Korins and lighting designer by award-winning David Weiner. There will be nightly theatrical shows directed by a soon-to-be-announced Tony Award nominated director and choreographer. There will also be interactive installations inspired by Nile Rodgers‘ iconic catalog, a dance floor, live roller-dance performances, food and beverage selvage, and more. Rodgers will curate a special playlist of skate-worthy, funky tracks for each night’s local DJs to spin for skaters and dancers.
Along with live DJs, special guests and live music, there’ll be open skate sessions during the day.
So why New York? And why Wollman Rink? Simple, really. New Yorkers have been avid roller skaters for well over a century, whether in parks, streets or roller rinks — with skating clubs and regular events continuing today. Roller skating was at its peak during the disco era, which was also the heyday of clubs like Studio 54, Paradise Garage, Funhouse, Xenon and others. It shouldn’t be surprising that The DiscOasis is inspired by and informed by those clubs’ being a bastion of self-expression and inclusivity.
Tickets went on sale last week through The DiscOasis’ webpage — https://www.thediscoasis.com — and they will offer Wollman Rink Access Program (WRAP) tickets on an ongoing basis. Skating sessions will be available from 10am to 10pm on Wednesdays through Sundays from June 16, 2022 until October 1, 2022.
A portion of the process from The DiscOasis benefits the We Are Family Foundation, which creates and supports programs that promote cultural diversity and empower youth, who are changing the world with bold ideas. (Of course, if you’re lived in a cave over the past 43 years, the Foundation takes its name from the Nile Rodgers and Bernard Edwards co-written and co-produced, 1979 smash hit “We Are Family” performed by Sister Sledge.)
An early iteration of The DiscOasis was presented in Los Angeles, where its sold-out run last year was a critically applauded highlight. The Los Angeles Times wrote at the time, “The party of the summer is a secret roller-skating disco at an LA botanical garden,” and Fast Company named Constellation Immersive one of its Top 10 Most Innovative Live Events Companies “for reviving the roller disco and just in time.”
The press conference to announce the event featured the following:
- MC The Breakfast Club‘s Angela Yee
- New York City Mayor Eric Adams
- Thao Nguyen, Constellation Immersive CEO & The DiscOasis Producer
- Nile Rodgers, The DiscOasis Groovemaster
- Ian Schrager, co-owner/co-founder of Studio 54
- Geoff Gordon, Regional President, Live Nation Northeast
- Stefanie Tomlin, Wollman Park Partners Vice President and General Manager
- Nancy Hunt, Co-Founder of We Are Family Foundation
- Melba Wilson, Founder and Owner of Melba’s Restaurant
Photos from the press conference below.
The Breakfast Club‘s Angela Yee
Constellation Immersive CEO and The DiscOasis Producer, Thao Nguyen
New York City Mayor Eric Adams
Geoff Gordon, Live Nation Regional President Northeast
Co-owner and Co-founder of Studio 54, Ian Schrager
Wollman Park Partners Vice President and General Manager, Stefanie Tomlin
Owner and founder of Melba’s Restaurant, Melba Wilson
Co-Founder of We Are Family Foundation, Nancy Hunt