Previous Performances

Tree of Codes

September 14 - 21, 2015

“Jaw-dropping … [with] breathtaking physical feats and visual dazzle.”
–The New York Times

Award-winning choreographer Wayne McGregor, artist Olafur Eliasson, and Mercury Prize-winning producer/composer Jamie xx create a new ballet triggered by the book Tree of Codes by Jonathan Safran Foer, an artwork in the form of a book which was in turn inspired by Street of Crocodiles by Bruno Schulz. This new, evening-length work features a company of soloists and dancers from the Paris Opera Ballet alongside Wayne McGregor | Random Dance.

Taylor Mac / Machine Dazzle

August 6 - 9, 2015

“Imagine running a marathon in stilettos. While singing your heart out. That’s the kind of mad feat the singular performer Taylor Mac has embarked upon in his magnum opus.”
–The New York Times

Taylor Mac presents new material and musical arrangements from his on-going durational concert, A 24-Decade History of Popular Music, featuring costumes designed by Machine Dazzle.

Philippe Parreno: H {N)Y P N(Y} OSIS

June 10 - August 2, 2015

“A thrilling exhibition that shimmers between genres, from sci-fi to fantasy, children’s adventure to horror. H {N)Y P N(Y} OSIS is near perfect.”

In his largest installation in the U.S. to date, Philippe Parreno reshapes the very notion of what it means to experience art by exploring an exhibition as a singular, coherent object rather than as a collection of individual works. This dramatic composition combines remastered existing works and new projects to guide and manipulate the viewer’s experience and perception by utilizing sound, film, light, and memory.


March 25 - April 4, 2015

“…at first amazes and then glides into the mystical… It was jaw-dropping.”
–The New York Times

Featuring a crew of 20 dancers from the neighborhoods in Brooklyn where the movement first took shape, and staged by Reggie (Regg Roc) Gray and Peter Sellars, this dynamic production serves as a social commentary utilizing resistance and empowerment to take the art form further and in turn, find a profound sense of humanity.

tears become… streams become…

December 9, 2014 — January 4, 2015

“How many times have you cried in your life? How much fluid have you given to the world? Every day, every week, every month… A field of water.”
–Douglas Gordon

​Art, music, and architecture converge in the latest work by Turner Prize-winning artist Douglas Gordon and acclaimed pianist Hélène Grimaud. This site-specific installation features an immense field of water that harnesses light, reflection, music, and sound to amplify and transform the Wade Thompson Drill Hall, encouraging viewers to acknowledge their surroundings and reexamine one of the most historic spaces in New York.

St. Matthew Passion

October 7 - 8, 2014

“Astonishing … I challenge you not to be an emotional wreck by the end of it.”
–The Guardian (London)

Renowned for his highly original takes on operatic works, Peter Sellars ritualizes this magnificent masterpiece to create a communal grieving process while illuminating Bach’s unmatched gift for presenting both deep hardship and the possibility of transcendence. This radically inclusive approach eliminates the separation between artist and audience — there are no spectators, only observers and participants —with musicians and singers moving amongst each other.

The Passenger

July 10—13, 2014

“In Mieczyslaw Weinberg’s holocaust opera The Passenger, we have one of the most unflinching engagements with this subject ever made.”
–The Daily Telegraph (UK)

Visionary director David Pountney brilliantly stages this landmark work, taking audiences on a voyage from the stylish deck of the luxury liner to the squalor of a Nazi death camp where cruelty, despair, and unspeakable courage are evident in equal measure. Conductor Patrick Summers leads the Houston Grand Opera Orchestra and Chorus through Weinberg’s emotionally-searing score.


May 31 – June 22, 2014

“Hearts beat fast in the thrilling new 'Macbeth' that has transformed the Park Avenue Armory into a war zone, and every breath starts to feel like a gasp.”
–The New York Times

Shakespeare’s classic tale of ambition and treachery gets a thrilling new life in the U.S. premiere of the electrifying production by Rob Ashford and Kenneth Branagh, following its acclaimed sold-out run at the Manchester International Festival in England. Kenneth Branagh is joined by Alex Kingston, in their highly-anticipated New York stage debuts, as the once great leader and his adored wife, who incites him to sell his soul in the quest for greater power.

The xx

March 19—29, 2014

“[A] mesmerizing performance at the Park Avenue Armory … that often seemed as much like an art installation as a concert, and felt at every moment like a dynamic, self-aware commentary on the issue of scale.”
–The New York Times

The Life and Death of Marina Abramovic

December 12 – 21, 2013

“The collaboration of music, light, sound, text and design is exceptional … simply beautiful.”
–The Guardian (London)

At the intersection of theater, opera and visual art, director Robert Wilson’s reimagining of performance artist Marina Abramović’s extraordinary life and work begins with her difficult childhood in former Yugoslavia, and chronicles her journey to the present day. Abramovic, who plays herself as well as her imposing mother, is joined by world-renowned actor Willem Dafoe and singer Antony, performing original music and songs created for this ‘quasi opera.’

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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.