Ardea Arts Announces Events and Performances for BOUNCE The Basketball Opera, An American Story Told through Basketball

Full Show to Premiere on Basketball Courts around New York City, June 2020, and BOUNCE Summer 2019 Special Event Performances in New York City, August 6th, 10th, and 11th



Press Contact: Alan Dai
Phone: (212) 431-7039

NEW YORK, NY Ardea Arts, a SoHo-based non-profit arts organization that aims to create provocative new works of opera and musical theater within a contemporary vernacular framework, announces their brand-new show, BOUNCE The Basketball Opera, An American Story Told through Basketball. Based on “The Flight of Icarus,” BOUNCE tells the story of a basketball player bound for stardom, shot on a basketball court during a street game. With his basketball dreams over, BOUNCE examines what it takes to come back from trauma and tragedy and to fly again. BOUNCE is a groundbreaking new American work that melds genres and defies stereotypes, embracing the full palette of contemporary American music from Hip-Hop to Opera, and addresses issues of gun violence, the school-to-prison pipeline, and how decisions made at a young age can define the course of the rest of a person’s life—all told through an unconventional marriage of basketball and the performing arts. The show will premiere on basketball courts around New York City in June 2020.

Len Elmore, veteran NBA player, Harvard lawyer, NCAA and NBA sportscaster, member of the Ardea Arts Board of Directors, and BOUNCE advocate says about the show: “Against the street canvas of urban basketball, BOUNCE paints a powerful message of hopes and dreams; some fulfilled, others destroyed, using an entertaining palette of music that delivers a story to which any audience can connect.

Coretta Scott King Award-winning author and lead writer of BOUNCE, Charles R. Smith Jr. states, “Whether you love basketball or know nothing about it, BOUNCE will connect with you because at the heart of the story is love. Love for the game, love shown to others, love shown in loss, and how difficult it can be to simply love yourself. That love shines through in the lyrics, songs, and basketball action, and has brought tears and smiles to faces of all ages and backgrounds.”

BOUNCE is made possible by Ardea Arts, Inc. in partnership with the University of Kentucky Opera Theatre and the National Endowment for the Arts. Major BOUNCE community partners and sponsors include Barclays Center and the Brooklyn Nets, Rucker Pro Legends and the National Association of Each One Teach One (Harlem), and contemporary athleisure brand BOY MEETS GIRL®, which is a well-known connector of the arts, social activism, and ethics. The show’s chorus, made up of exclusively inner-city Title One Youth from Brooklyn High School of the Arts (BHSA), will be wearing T-shirts designed and provided by BOY MEETS GIRL®. Nike is donating all of the basketball uniforms and shoes for the show.

Next week, BOUNCE will be bringing three special event performances to New York City on August 6th, 10th, and 11th. The first event taking place on Tuesday, August 6th, National Night Out Against Crime, will be held by the NYPD 32nd Precinct. BOUNCE will be presenting a 20-minute concert of pieces from the show dedicated to parents everywhere who have lost their children before their time. The presentation will be held between 6:00 – 7:30 PM. For more information on the event, which is free to the public and will be held from 3:00 – 9:00 PM at West 135th Street Between Adam Clayton Powell Blvd & Frederick Douglass Blvd, please contact the 32nd Precinct Community Affairs Office at (212) 690-6329.

On Saturday, August 10th, BOUNCE will be performing at 5:00 PM at the EA Sports Awards Ceremony on Greg Marius Court at Holcombe Rucker Park, Harlem. The event is free to the public on a first-come, first-serve basis.

The third performance will take place on Sunday, August 11th and will be held at Barclays Center as part of the New York Liberty Pre-Game Show and third annual UNITY Day Game. The NY Liberty continues to push for equality and social progress for which this year’s UNITY Day follows the work the Liberty have done the past two years with UNITY Days centered around issues such as racial injustice, gun violence and equality. Game tickets are required to attend and can be purchased through Ticketmaster. BOUNCE’s performance will run seven minutes, approximately 30 minutes before tip-off. The NY Liberty game begins at 3:00pm. To attend pregame events, media must RSVP to Alesia Howard at Please request Game Day media credentials here.


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Fran Curtis, Rogers & Cowan

Michelle Nemeroff, Rogers & Cowan

Chidi Ozieh, Ardea Arts

Grethe B. Holby, Ardea Arts