Kenneth Branagh-Led MACBETH & More Set for Park Avenue Armory's 2014 Season
Park Avenue Armory announced today its 2014 season, an unprecedented mix of presentations and commissions ranging from Kenneth Branagh's highly-anticipated New York stage debut in an immersive and visceral staging of Macbeth; to the London-based trio The xx in a performance that alters the interaction and relationship of the audience with the band; to a visual art commission by artist Douglas Gordon and classical pianist He?le?ne Grimaud that will transform the drill hall into a water-filled environment; to Peter Sellars's staging of St. Matthew Passion which fuses the audience, the orchestra, and soloists into one dramatic, unified assembly.
Known for programs that break new ground for artists and audiences alike, Park Avenue Armory is dedicated to giving artists the freedom to push the envelope with their work and to providing exceptional, thought-provoking, and immersive experiences for audiences. Park Avenue Armory's massive Wade Thompson Drill Hall and dynamically revitalized historic period rooms catalyze new kinds of work that extend far beyond what can be achieved in traditional theaters, concert halls, and museum galleries.
"With every presentation, each of our artists transforms the drill hall and period rooms into totally new worlds, providing audiences with a transporting experience that defies expectations," stated Rebecca Robertson, president and executive producer of Park Avenue Armory. "Our 2014 season pushes the boundaries of what our spaces can achieve-and how connected our audiences and artists can become- further than ever before."
"We remain passionately committed to supporting our artists in developing their art forms in the extraordinary spaces of the Armory," commented Artistic Director Alex Poots. "The arts do so much more than entertain. They can inspire us, offer a place for reflection, and generate new ideas."
The Armory's 2014 season begins in March and continues through the beginning of January 2015. The season will also include the continuation of the Under Construction series, in which Armory artists-in- residence present works in progress. Park Avenue Armory artists-in-residence, who are provided with dedicated space in the building's historic period rooms within which they can research, create, and develop new works across a diverse array of disciplines, will be announced in the coming months.