Previous Performances

A Room in India

December 5–20

“it is a spectacle full of surprises…a joyful, funny, four hour show, even as it collides with the evil of our world…It is theater as Mnouchkine likes it: alive, dynamic, colorful, sung–danced, corporal and stylized”
–Le Monde

After astonishing Armory audiences in 2009, Ariane Mnouchkine and her visionary collective, Théâtre du Soleil, return for the North American premiere of this landmark new work, following the adventures of a touring French theater company stranded in India without a director while the world around them falls into disarray.

Jo Lawry & Kavita Shah

November 21

“[Lawry is] an Australian jazz singer with a spring-like tone, a nimble technique and a grasp of shading and pacing…”
–The New York Times

Jazz meets folk while heartbreak meets humor in the sparkling original songs of Australian-born Jo Lawry, and Kavita Shah places seemingly eclectic songs, instruments, and artists in dialogue with one another to create a new type of jazz with global sensibilities in this thrilling double bill.

Person Place Thing

November 17

Randy Cohen and Person Place Thing return to the Armory for a special Fall edition in front of a live audience.

Barbara Hannigan & Reinbert de Leeuw

November 16 & 18

“Barbara Hannigan sings the songs of Erik Satie as if she’s sitting next to you, whispering and cooing across the kitchen table with sufficient breathiness, soft edges and exquisite spaciousness to match Reinbert de Leeuw’s sweet-melancholy piano chords.”
–The Guardian (UK)

Soprano Barbara Hannigan makes her U.S. recital debut with a duo of programs that showcase her versatility and superb musicianship, including an artfully curated look at the Second Viennese School and an exploration of the work of French composer Erik Satie.

Rashaad Newsome

November 7

“[Newsome’s] work is irreverent and brazen. It is deeply referential. It is decisive. It is disruptive. It is king.”

Multidisciplinary artist Rashaad Newsome creates a site-specific work in the Veterans Room, bringing together video installation, collage, sculpture, and live performance to create a truly interdisciplinary experience in his ongoing exploration of questions around pedigree, gender, and race.

Patricia Kopatchinskaja & Jay Campbell

October 9–10

“…there is astonishing artistry to complement her creativity. She plays most of the time barefoot onstage. Her body and her instrument and the music she makes all seem one. She is ever thrilling alive to the moment.”
–Los Angeles Times

Known for her energetic and passionate performances, "wild-child" violinist Patricia Kopatchinskaja is joined by cellist Jay Campbell to perform duos from a wide-ranging repertoire that showcase the pair's extreme styles of music making.

Répons: Artist Talk

October 7

Conductor Matthias Pintscher and Pierre Audi discuss composer Pierre Boulez and their realization of his spatial work in a live performance setting.


October 6–7

“It’s gritty and rigorous, but also sumptuous and fanciful…the sheer visceral excitement of being caught in the middle was like nothing else in music.”
–The New York Times

Rarely staged in concert halls given its unconventional configuration of the space, Pierre Boulez’s spatial masterwork is written for and realized at the Armory by Ensemble intercontemporain and conductor Matthias Pintscher, who perform this emblematic work twice in succession each evening, with the audience changing seats in between to gain a new sonic perspective. This remarkable presentation marks the first performance in New York of a major work by Boulez since his death in early 2016.

Sabine Devieilhe & Anne Le Bozec

October 1 & 3

“irresistibly good…expressive and incisive, Devieilhe is in command of everything…”
–The Guardian (UK)

Coloratura soprano Sabine Devieilhe makes her North American recital debut with a program of French art songs that perfectly showcases the sheer beauty of her vocal virtuosity in the elegant and intimate Board of Officers Room.

Blank Out: Artist Talk

September 22

Composer and director Michel van der Aa and collaborators discuss the creation of chamber opera and 3D film, Blank Out.

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Support for Park Avenue Armory’s artistic season has been generously provided by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Booth Ferris Foundation, The Shubert Foundation, the Fan Fox and Leslie R. Samuels Foundation, the Marc Haas Foundation, the Leon Levy Foundation, the Juliet Lea Hillman Simonds Foundation, and the Isak and Rose Weinman Foundation.