Music-Driven Interactive Theatrical Walk-Through



The third area of the event is the DiscOasis itself, which includes a LIVE DJ, an ice rink, a dance floor and other fun activities. “DJs rotate and mix from a list of selected and selected songs from Nile,” the team said. “This allows the DJs agency to appropriate their performance, but guarantees that the music lives in the world of discoase.”

LOS ANGELES – As producers continue to experiment with new, safety-oriented event formats, the walkthrough experience is a welcome addition, allowing guests to fully immerse themselves in an environment while respecting social distancing. A recent example of the format? The aptly named DiscOasis, a step-by-step theatrical experience presented as a “sparkling sound fantasy for the soul”.”

The public and paid experiment, which began on July 17 and takes place during Labour Day weekend, is a walk through the garden. Along the way, guests explore six different sound zones, each featuring a friendly art installation inspired by a particular disco song, as well as a live actor interacting with guests. The trail leads to a final area with a disco-inspired taxiway, colorful dance floor, retro arcade games, food trucks, and other fun and interactive details.

The event is a collaboration between the Los Angeles-based Constellation Immersive experience studio (a subsidiary of the Creative Artists Agency) and Grammy Award winner Nile Rodgers, who organized the soundtrack as the official “groovemaster ” of DiscOasis.”

“After opening our holiday experience last year,” the Magical Journey of the elf on the shelf,” we thought about ideas for spring or summer that we could stage outside and that we believe would resonate with the audience after a year of living through and the blockages, ” explained Thao Nguyen and Marty LaSalle of Constellation Immersive. “We decided that music is a universal element that brings people together and stands behind a music-inspired outdoor experience.”

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The DiscOasis aims to celebrate the idea of music as a universal element that brings people together, according to the organizers. In developing the concept, Constellation’s immersive producers, Thao Nguyen and Marty LaSalle, said, ” We realized almost immediately that this is the right idea for a utopian, joyful and inclusive space that celebrates everything that disco music is—but also everything that disco music has inspired.”

After their idea took shape, the team contacted Nile Rodgers, the three-time Grammy Award winner. “Nile immediately understood the vision and jumped on board to advise us on the overall experience and organize all the musical and tonal elements.”

The event will take place at the South Coast Botanical Garden in Palos Verdes Estates, California., with artistic installations and theatrical experiences placed throughout the space. “After a long search for a location, we reached an agreement with our friends and partners at the South Coast Botanical Garden to activate a dried-up lake bed that is in the middle of their 87-acre property,” Nguyen and LaSalle explained.

The event, which has timed bookings, is divided into three parts. After a quiet walk through the garden, guests enter the world of discoase, where they are greeted by a soundtrack with voice overs from Rodgers. “One of the things Nile constantly reminds us about is that at discoase, the music never stops—once guests reach that part of the experience, they are immersed in the music for the rest of the evening,” the team explained.

As participants traverse the event, which takes place every day except Mondays from 5pm to 10pm, they will experience six different areas, each inspired by a different song, with the theme “what would a garden with music look like?”In each area there is an art installation on the theme of disco, as well as a live costumed actor interacting with the guests.

“Customers want experiences that bring people together in a way that feels safe—and in a way that feels pure and joyful,” the team said of what consumers are expecting from the events right now. “It’s about reconnecting people with the energy, inspiration and joy that characterizes the best live experiences.”

The third area of the event is the DiscOasis itself, which includes a LIVE DJ, an ice rink, a dance floor and other fun activities. “DJs rotate and mix from a list of selected and selected songs from Nile,” the team said. “This allows the DJs agency to appropriate their performance, but guarantees that the music lives in the world of discoase.”

In the “Roller Disco” guests can skate and dance with professional skaters and artists. The rink is operated by Ice-America, while the rest of the experience—including development, finance, production and operations—is managed by Constellation Immersive.

There are also arcade and retro lawn games, as well as a food section with a curated selection of food trucks. The idea is a pay to the food of the snack bar, which can be found in the local ice rinks.

Part of the proceeds will go to the we Are Family Foundation, a non-profit organization co-founded by Rodgers that promotes cultural diversity while promoting and mentoring the vision, talents, and ideas of young people.

“DiscOasis is about bringing people together and inspiring them through joy and individuality. Nile has been building the We Are Family foundation for years, and his mission to give young people the opportunity to tell their stories in a way that promotes understanding and inclusivity fits fully into the spirit of DiscOasis and disco music in general,” Nguyen and LaSalle said.

The DiscOasis VIP party, held on July 21, featured a special performance by DJ Cassidy and attracted guests such as Adam Lambert (pictured), Tess Holliday and Will.I.Am.

Nguyen and LaSalle say they hope to continue the experiment in one form or another once this iteration is complete. “DiscOasis was conceived as a living and breathing pop-cultural pleasure event – so we expect to work with Nile and other artists to further develop the experience and bring it to other markets in the future.”

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