Previous Performances

Merce Cunningham Dance Company

December 29 – 31, 2011

“Cunningham’s dancers are magnificent… glowing and transcendent.”
–The Independent (London)

The Merce Cunningham Dance Company returns to New York City—its home since its founding in 1953—for six historic final performances at the Armory, culminating a two-year farewell Legacy Tour that brought the Company to more than 50 destinations worldwide.

STREB: Kiss the Air!

December 14 – 22, 2011

“Fearlessness and intelligence combined.”
–Mikhail Baryshnikov

New York’s own “action heroes,” STREB Extreme Action stretch the limitations of the human body. Choreographer and MacArthur “genius” award recipient Elizabeth Streb will take over the Armory’s expansive Wade Thompson Drill Hall with Kiss the Air!, a performance of new large-scale works that incorporate ziplines, ladders, trampolines, hoops, and bungee cords.

Shen Wei Dance Arts

November 29 – December 4, 2011

“One of the great artists of our time … infinitely absorbing.”
–The Washington Post

​Following his year-long creative exploration as a Park Avenue Armory artist-in-residence, Artistic Director Shen Wei and his company, Shen Wei Dance Arts, will perform Undivided Divided, a bold new work that heralds the next direction for the ensemble. Created during the Company’s residence at the Armory, this site-specific world premiere will combine handcrafted scenic elements with an expansive digital projection in a performance that makes dynamic use of the boundless possibilities available in the Wade Thompson Drill Hall.

Royal Shakespeare Company

July 6 – August 14, 2011

“Madness with a majestic touch.”
–The Independent (London) on King Lear

Co-presented by Lincoln Center Festival and Park Avenue Armory, in association with The Ohio State University, the critically acclaimed ensemble performs five of Shakespeare’s most beloved plays on a full-scale replica of its Royal Shakespeare Theatre recreated in the Wade Thompson Drill Hall.

Ryoji Ikeda: the transfinite

May 20 – June 11, 2011

“…spectacular, trippy and fun…the transfinite is definitely something to see and experience. Sublime spectacle.”
–The New York Times

Ryoji Ikeda creates a visual and sonic environment where visitors are submerged in an extreme illustration of projected and synchronized data. In choreographing vast amounts of digital information, Ikeda conjures up a transformative environment in which visitors confront data on a scale that defies comprehension, experiencing the infinite.

Infinite Variety: Three Centuries of Red and White Quilts

March 25 - 30, 2011

The American Folk Art Museum dramatically transformed the Park Avenue Armory’s historic 55,000-square-foot Wade Thompson Drill Hall with the installation of 650 red and white American quilts, all of which are on loan from the collection of Joanna S. Rose. It is the largest exhibition of quilts ever held in the city.

Leonardo’s Last Supper

December 3, 2010 – January 6, 2011

“a bold and utterly distinctive multimedia artist.”
–The Guardian (London)

Visionary artist and filmmaker Peter Greenaway brings new insight into one of the world’s most celebrated masterpieces in his multimedia reverie of Leonardo da Vinci’s The Last Supper. Set within a full-scale replica of the dome of Refectory of Santa Maria Delle Grazie in Milan, the home of the original painting, a meticulously detailed facsimile of The Last Supper is brought to life through Greenaway’s ingenious manipulation of light, sound, and theatrical illusion.


October 8 - 11, 2010

Park Avenue Armory presents an extraordinary four-day, indoor Carnival that’s fun for the entire family—a whimsical and theatrical event combining the classic and the contemporary, featuring breathtaking performances and authentic carnival rides and games. With a massive fifty-foot Ferris wheel as its centerpiece, the Wade Thompson Drill Hall is transformed into a fantastical Carnival featuring an array of performances and strolling stilt walkers from the Bindlestiff Family Cirkus.


June 3, 2010

A unique musical event composed by long-time Boltanski collaborator Franck Krawczyk, DAWN will be performed to accompany the monumental installation No Man’s Land. Argento Chamber Ensemble will perform this one-time-only event from within the installation—moving through the drill hall and balconies as they perform.

Christian Boltanski: No Man’s Land

May 14 - June 13, 2010

–The New York Times

Filling the vast Wade Thompson Drill Hall, No Man’s Land is Christian Boltanski’s most ambitious project in the United States to date. This monumental work explores the signature motifs of the artist’s forty-year career - individuality, anonymity, life and death - in an immersive landscape that is both powerful and infernal.

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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.