Dialogue in the Dark

The description ‘A truly unique experience’ somehow sounds generic and could reference sky diving to pre-cooked Thanksgiving dinner, to a Chippendales performance, but it’s the most accurate and simplest way I can speak of Dialogue In the Dark.

Led by visually impaired or entirely blind guides, visitors are taken through various scenarios of New York life in pitch black darkness. I dived readily into the exhibition, open to whatever it entailed, not realizing it would be as indubitably informative as it was. Equipped with a cane and reliant on the sound of the guides voice, myself and other guests made our way through Central Park, Times Square, and even a grocery store while utilizing our other senses. The staging is incredibly ‘real’ in terms of the sensory aspect, but more so you walk away knowledgable about the everyday occurrences, challenges, strength and gratefulness that those with this adversity possess. I strongly recommend. At S. Street Seaport.

Tip: Don’t strain your eyes to see, it is 100% dark- otherwise you’ll leave with a headache because your eyes won’t adjust the way they usually do. I ignored this fair warning for the first half and while reflecting on the previous hour, found myself popping an Aleve.

“What is a soul? It’s like electricity – we don’t really know what it is, but it’s a force that can light a room” -Ray Charles

“Walking with a friend in the dark is better than walking alone in the dark” -Helen Keller