GROUNDBREAKING EXHIBITION DIALOG IN THE DARK UNVEILS IN NEW YORK CITY
Visually Impaired, Blind Tour Guides Lead Visitors through Sensory Exhibition In Complete Darkness
Opens August 20th at South Street Seaport
(August 19, 2011 New York, NY) On August 20, 2011, Premier Exhibitions, Inc. (NASDAQ:PRXI), the company behind “BODIES…The Exhibition” and “Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition” will open its newest blockbuster experience, DIALOG IN THE DARK at South Street Seaport. DIALOG IN THE DARK is a unique sensory tour of New York City where visitors are led by visually impaired guides through a specially constructed and totally darkened exhibition. DIALOG IN THE DARK is an invitation to experience the world in another way and to re-discover New York using all of your senses except sight.
DIALOG IN THE DARK replicates familiar Manhattan environments specially simulated in likeness to original, familiar landmarks of the city and challenges individuals to navigate through these galleries in total darkness. A reversal of roles is created as blind and visually impaired guides introduce you to the world they know. Visitors are taken out of their comfort zone and familiar surroundings and daily routines become a new experience. Guides provide security and a sense of orientation and show us our eyes are not the only windows on the world.
“DIALOG IN THE DARK is truly a conversation- an intensely thought-provoking and emotional experience between visitor and exhibition and visitor and guide,” says Chris Davino, Chief Executive Officer of Premier Exhibitions, Inc. “We are proud and excited to bring this concept to New York City”.
Prior to entering the exhibition visitors are provided with walking canes and given a tutorial on how best to use them before meeting their guides, all of whom hail from New York. For the next 45 minutes DIALOG IN THE DARK guides will be the link to the world around them leading small groups expertly and securely through a variety of interactive environments. Visitors will maneuver through well-known New York City locales, while New York-centric scents, sounds, temperatures and textures- all perfected to- create an unforgettable experience.
DIALOG IN THE DARK’s guides were hired through New York-based Lighthouse International, the 106 year old non-profit organization dedicated to fighting vision loss through prevention, treatment and empowerment.
“This exhibit powerfully touches everyone – and reinforces the importance of protecting and preserving our vision, as well gaining an important understanding of the courage and challenges for those who have visual impairment. More and more Americans are facing vision loss and awareness of the issues and how to help is critical for us all”, says Mark G. Ackermann, President and CEO of Lighthouse International. “We are honored to partner with DIALOG IN THE DARK and bring our expertise and perspective to this extraordinary experience”.
Visit DIALOG IN THE DARK New York City at 11 Fulton Street in South Street Seaport. The Exhibition, which appears alongside the blockbuster experience BODIES... The Exhibition, opens soon and runs through 2012. Tickets are timed and guests are encouraged to arrive 30 minutes prior to their scheduled admittance. Tickets may be purchased at the Exhibition Box office, online at www.dialognyc.com, or by calling 1-888-926-3437. The Exhibition is open Sunday-Thursday 10:00 AM- 7:00 PM and Friday and Saturday 10:00 AM-9:00 PM. Box office weekday ticket pricing is $22.50 for adult, $19.50 for children (ages 4-12) and $20.50 for seniors (60+), check www.dialognyc.com for additional ticket prices.
Atlanta-based Premier Exhibitions, Inc. is presenting DIALOG IN THE DARK through an extensive long-term licensing agreement with the global originator of the exhibition, Andreas Heinecke. Andreas Heinecke of Germany, CEO and founder of Dialogue Social Enterprise, developed the concept and design of Dialogue in the Dark and has overseen the success of this exhibition as it has grown in popularity around the world for the last 23years. DIALOG IN THE DARK has been showcased in over 35 different locations worldwide and visited by more than seven million people. As part of his groundbreaking work, Heinecke was awarded a Fellowship in 2005 by Ashoka, a global organization which recognizes social entrepreneurs who work for change and strive to make a positive social impact through innovative solutions.
About Premier Exhibitions Inc.:
Premier Exhibitions, Inc. is a major provider of museum-quality exhibitions throughout the world. Premier Exhibitions Inc. is a recognized leader in developing and displaying unique exhibitions for education and entertainment. The Company’s exhibitions present unique opportunities to experience compelling stories using authentic objects and artifacts in diverse environments. Exhibitions are presented in museums, exhibition centers and other entertainment venues. The company produces Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition, BODIES…The Exhibition, Bodies Revealed and DIALOG IN THE DARK. More information about Premier Exhibitions, Inc. is available at www.prxi.com.
About Dialogue Social Enterprise:
The mission of Dialog Social Enterprise is to facilitate social inclusion of marginalized people on a global basis. The goal is to raise awareness and create tolerance for Otherness in the general public, thereby overcoming barriers between “us” and “them”. We create jobs for disadvantaged people by turning deficits into potentials and thereby strengthen the self-esteem of individuals who are typically under-valued. We believe that accomplishing our mission will lead to sustainable and significant improvement of marginalized people’s situations throughout the world. To achieve our goal we operate exhibitions as well as business workshops and events.
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