Park Avenue Armory Season to Feature World Premieres and a Flock of Sheep

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Park Avenue Armory has announced its spring-fall 2016 season, encompassing opera, music, visual and performance art, including major site-specific commissions. Among the line-up is the U.S. premiere of Dutch composer Louis Andriessen’s De Materie, conceived by acclaimed director Heiner Goebbels and featuring a flock of sheep onstage.

The large-scale production, which will occupy the Armory's 55,000-square-foot drill hall, will also feature the International Contemporary Ensemble and a cast of over 30 actors and dancers. Goebbels returns to the venue following his 2009 staging of Stifters Dinge, with performances of the new work scheduled to run March 22-30, 2016.

"De Materie weaves together disparate moments from history," state Armory press notes. "Andriessen’s composition, itself a journey through eras and styles of music history from early Renaissance, to the roaring 20's, to contemporary music of today, attempts to merge the clash of these different perspectives into a kind of simultaneity within a large-scale musical and philosophical essay: the private, the political, physics and love, the history of humanity, and the fate of individuals."

The newly announced slate also features a new site-specific absurdist installation by British visual artist and musician Martin Creed, commissioned by the Armory, that takes over the entire first floor of the building; a major commission and world premiere by multidisciplinary artist Taryn Simon that incorporates performance, sculpture, architecture and sound; and Circle Map, two evenings of composer Kaija Saariaho’s immersive music performed by the New York Philharmonic and conducted by Esa-Pekka Salonen.

The Armory will also launch The Artist’s Studio, an intimate artistic series presenting concerts across a range of genres in the newly renovated Veterans Room, curated by jazz musician and composer Jason Moran. The venue's existing recital series in the Board of Officers room will also be expanded.

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