Preparations are underway for the launch of Work In Progress (open rehearsals in vacant storefronts), and we’ll be reporting about it here on the blog.

Our first location in Fort Point Channel, Boston is a somewhat atypical vacant storefront situation—it has limited views from the street but is extraordinarily large at 20,000 square feet. Either way, it’s a perfect location to kick the tires on the Work In Progress concept. The space is raw, flat, column-free and was actually designed with performing arts usage in mind. We’ve also got a mezzanine level, where it’s safe for the public to enter and observe at a distance that should not disturb.

Because the actual storefront window is a bit far from the dance area, we’ll be less focused on the visual impact for pedestrians on the street and more focused on how to allow the audience to enter and connect without disrupting rehearsals. For starters, we’re developing a way for the audience to ask questions of the artists, which can be answered “live” during breaks or in brief video responses that can be collected later from the web.

Thank you to Hallkeen Real Estate for donating use of this remarkable space. Stay tuned for more updates, including a preview of the portable dance floor that we’ve rented from Boston Dance Alliance. Schedule and more details here.