PARK AVENUE ARMORY TO WELCOME AUDIENCES BACK ON MARCH 24

March 9, 2021, 5:39.10 pm ET  

PARK AVENUE ARMORY TO WELCOME AUDIENCES BACK ON MARCH 24

Park Avenue Armory will launch “Social Distance Hall,” a season of new commissions of dance, music, and theater created by artists during and in response to the pandemic, beginning on March 24. The season feature works by Bill T. Jones; Steven Hoggett, Christine Jones, and David Byrne; and Laurie Anderson and Jason Moran.

PARK AVENUE ARMORY TO WELCOME AUDIENCES BACK ON MARCH 24

The season will begin with Jones’ “Afterwardness,” to be performed by nine dancers of the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company. The work addresses the idea of imposed isolation and the trauma of the twin pandemics of COVID-19 and the ongoing violence against Black bodies. The work is accompanied by a musical landscape featuring works by Holland Andrews, Pauline Kim —with an original violin homage to George Floyd entitled “8:46”— as well as excerpts from Olivier Messiaen’s wartime composition “Quartet for the End of Time.” It will run through March 31.

 PARK AVENUE ARMORY TO WELCOME AUDIENCES BACK ON MARCH 24
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Park Avenue Armory offers the possibility of welcoming live audiences back in a completely socially distanced and extremely safe environment that is not achievable in traditional performance venues that have fixed seating and tight corridors and lobbies. With its immense, 55,000-square-foot Wade Thompson Drill Hall and multiple airy rooms and entrances —featuring an air volume comparable to being outdoors— the Armory can provide an early pathway and model for the re-opening of the performing arts in New York and beyond. The Armory and its consultant team have designed seating plans for “Afterwardsness” for audiences at 10 percent of the Drill Hall’s normal capacity, in which audience members are placed 9 feet – 12 feet apart in every direction.

For more information, visit www.armorypark.org

 

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