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nexStage, a non-profit community theatre, was a thriving local arts group with a downtown Ketchum, Idaho, location that served the organization well for more than two decades.  But their small and dated venue had become limiting in terms growth toward more extensive programming.  The Sun Valley/Ketchum community saved their site from development in 2001 and at that time formed Sun Valley Performing Arts to take ownership of the property and operate the theatre.  Recognizing the potential for growth and expansion on their current site, Sun Valley Performing Arts embarked on a Concept Design study in 2016 with Auerbach Pollock Friedlander and local architect Michael Doty Associates.  The Concept Design study and earlier needs assessments affirmed what local leaders had hoped-- the Ketchum community fully supported the growth of their organization and welcomed the possibility of expansion of the arts in the region.  The design team continued their work for the development of a new building on the nexStage property and the groundbreaking for The Argyros Performing Arts Center took place in July of 2017.
(SAN FRANCISCO, NEW YORK, MINNEAPOLIS) Cirque du Soleil X: The Land of Fantasy, which officially opened on August 9th, is the company’s new resident show in China and was completed in partnership with Hangzhou Xintiandi CAZ, a Chinese city complex operator.  Auerbach Pollock Friedlander provided theatre and audio-video consulting for the Hangzhou Suntiandy Theater which marks the seventh time the firm has collaborated with Cirque du Soleil for a custom, one of a kind venue.  The purpose-built theatre, created in collaboration with CUC Architects (the Local Design Institute), has been designed for an immersive experience for 1,500 spectators and blurs the line between performance, spectacle and special effects, quite literally moving the spectators to a different realm.