Previous Performances

Blank Out

September 21–27

“A wonderfully fluent and effective piece of music theatre”
–The Guardian (UK)

Based on the life and work of South African poet Ingrid Jonker, this groundbreaking work by innovative composer and creator Michel van der Aa combines live action, innovative techniques of interactive film, and inventive music to consider the ways in which we reconstruct and deal with traumatic life events. Soprano Miah Person sings live, combined with replayed loops of herself and the voice of baritone Roderick Williams in 3D film to create haunting musical passages and ensembles and, in the process, an entirely new form of opera.

Artists-In-Residence: Open House

September 16

Join Armory artists-in-residence host a series of work-in-progress performances, presentations, and conversations in their studio spaces housed in the historic Company rooms on the Armory’s second floor.

Lawrence Brownlee, Myra Huang, and Jason Moran

August 9 & 11

“He sang with agility, elegance, and Rossinian style, tossing off high notes and roulades…this was a winning performance for an increasingly important artist.”
–The New York Times

Acclaimed bel canto tenor Lawrence Brownlee presents a progressive concert that bridges multiple historic period rooms, including a recital of lieder and art songs in the Board of Officers Room and a performance of jazz standards and American spirituals in the Veterans Room.

Wu Man & The Shanghai Quartet

June 20–21, 2017

“The pipa and the quartet achieved a kind of exuberant synergy together, as if each were leapfrogging over the other in a mad rush to expressive extremes, and when it ended, it ended too soon.”
–The Washington Post

The acclaimed Shanghai Quartet and pipa (Chinese lute) virtuoso Wu Man unite to perform new works by contemporary Chinese composers.

Hansel & Gretel: Artist Talk

June 7, 2017

Jacques Herzog, Pierre de Meuron, and Ai Weiwei discuss the inspirations, ideas, and creative process behind their latest collaboration in a conversation moderated by Damian Woetzel.

Hansel & Gretel

June 7–August 6

at once disturbing, thought-provoking, and playful”
–Architectural Digest

Pritzker Prize-winning architects Jacques Herzog and Pierre de Meuron and artist/activist Ai Weiwei explore the meaning of public space in our surveillance-laden world, referencing the story of Hansel and Gretel in which the children lose their way and feel a sense of menace in a space they know and trust.

Confrontational Comedy

May 22, 2017

Confrontational Comedy highlights the power of humor to confront stereotypes and engage audiences around uncomfortable topics.

FLEXN Evolution

May 18–21, 2017

“…[a] searing example of dance as protest”
–The Boston Globe

After dazzling audiences in 2015, this thrilling group of dance innovators returns to the Armory with an evolved version of their original production that showcases the unquenchable energy and blazing focus of this contemporary dance form. With power, grace, soul, and sheer exhilaration, love and justice are explored in a variety of electrifying flex dance techniques and powerful personal narratives.

Ryuichi Sakamoto

April 25–26, 2017

“Were we witnessing a musical performance, a quasi-religious ritual, or a scientific demonstration?…it bordered on genius.”
–The Telegraph (UK)

Japanese renaissance man Ryuichi Sakamoto comes to the Veterans Room with long-time collaborator and visual artist Shiro Takatani to present a work that mixes both sound installation and musical performance.

The Hairy Ape & New York City: Class vs. Identity

April 14, 2017

Valerie Paley, Chief Historian of the New York Historical Society; Jill S. Dolan, Annan Professor in English and Professor of Theater at Princeton University; and others discuss The Hairy Ape's opposing forces of class and identity, issues that continue to entangle the social fabric of New York City today.

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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.