Park Avenue Armory Plans Premieres and Returns
A new play by Christopher Shinn, an installation by the artist Hito Steyerl and a residency by the soprano Barbara Hannigan are among the diverse offerings the Park Avenue Armory has in store for its 2019 season, the venue announced on Monday.
Programming for the Armory’s vast Wade Thompson Drill Hall — organized by Pierre Audi, the venue’s artistic director — begins on March 22 with the New York premiere of the “The Lehman Trilogy,” as previously announced. The multipart play, about the ill-fated firm that played a large part in the 2008 financial crisis, is written by Stefano Massini and adapted by Ben Power, and will be directed by Sam Mendes.
The Drill Hall will also host the premiere of Mr. Shinn’s “Judgment Day,” a new work commissioned by the Armory and directed by Richard Jones, which is scheduled to run Dec. 5 through Jan. 11, 2020. Ms. Steyerl’s “Drill,” which will spill out of the hall and into the historic rooms of the Armory, will be on view from June 20 through July 21.
Other works planned for the space include “Everything That Happened and Would Happen” (June 3-9), a production by Heiner Goebbels — who inventively staged Louis Andriessen’s “De Materie” there in 2016 — that blends live music, performance, sound, movement and moving image. And the Japanese director Satoshi Miyagi’s production of “Antigone,” which adds touches of Noh theater, Indonesian shadow play and Buddhist philosophy to the Greek classic, will run from Sept. 25 through Oct. 6.
At the Armory’s smaller rooms, historical spaces used for talks, installations and chamber music concerts, Ms. Hannigan will have a brief residency in October. The daring soprano, who last appeared there in 2017 with two recitals that included rarities by Satie, has organized two programs featuring the New York premiere of John Zorn’s “Jumalatteret,” with the pianist Stephen Gosling, and Schoenberg’s String Quartet No. 2, with the Emerson String Quartet. Among other performers are the violinist Leila Josefowicz, who recently won the $100,000 Avery Fisher Prize, as well as the composer and saxophonist Roscoe Mitchell and the baritone Benjamin Appl, in his North American premiere.
The complete season lineup is available at armoryonpark.org.
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