The Shed, the new Manhattan arts center, will round out its upcoming inaugural season with five new commissions set for the fall and winter.
The first heads to the art center's theatre space September 25: Venezuelan electronic composer and DJ Arca, who returns to New York City with a presentation of the first act of the experimental performance cycle Mutant;Faith. Choreographer William Forsythe will present new and existing works on the stage next, with A Quiet Evening of Dance running October 11–25. Featured in the program are two newly commissioned works—Epilogue and Seventeen/Twenty-One. Seven of his frequent collaborates will perform in the eclectic presentation.
Three other offerings—each using video art to explore and enhance the experience of performance, science, or music—include artist Joan Jonas and pianist Hélène Grimaud collaborating on Mirrors and Memory November 2–9, incorporating video, projections, and live performance. Guest curator Nora N. Khan's Manual Override exhibit will follow. The collection, featuring artists Lynn Hershman Leeson, Sondra Perry, Simon Fujiwara, Martine Syms, and Morehshin Allahyari, will follow the intersections of biotechnology and identity.
Concluding the commissions is Messa da Requiem, performed by Teodor Currentzis and his Russian orchestra and chorus, musicAeterna. The presentation of Verdi's complete Requiem is accompanied by moving artwork from filmmaker Jonas Mekas, inspired by the words of Alessandro Manzoni, to whom Verdi originally dedicated his work.
The Shed's additional programming for its first season includes the previously announced premiere of Björk's Cornucopia and Anne Carson’s Norma Jeane Baker of Troy, featuring Ben Whishaw and Renée Fleming.