Written by by Erin N Mooney, CNN
To most New Yorkers, the monstrosity known as MoMA PS1 might not seem like the ideal place to find a respite from the city’s throngs of tourists.
Not for the Cirque Du Soleil, however.
Aqua Loft , the evening club for aerialists and clowns, has arrived at the New York City institution as an extension of the Cirque Du Soleil pyramid: between the clouds of blue and white light, across the splashing aqua water, and, most of all, in the halls of MoMA PS1 itself.
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Close to the center of the circular theater on MoMA PS1’s former site, Aqua Loft mixes “springing” cocktail parties, year-round performances, a 21-year-old space bar with furry blankets (also owned by Cirque Du Soleil), and meeting spaces for al fresco activities and larger classes.
Expect the rooms to mirror those at the Cirque Du Soleil pyramid, with seating arrangements and art installations that center around the theme of architectural architecture.
The view from the disco club’s rooftop pool. Credit: Aqua Loft
The nightclub’s hosted performances since early 2018. At first, it served as a nightlife venue where cabaret groups like Bardot could meet, then a seasonal live space and finally, as a permanent amenity at MoMA PS1.
“For the first couple of months, it was supposed to be temporary,” says Ryan Khaiber, Aqua Loft’s founder and chief executive officer. “But I felt like New York was getting so much tourism — we’d been packing rooms out in Long Island and other states that we didn’t need, but New York was going crazy.”