“'A whole generation of listeners have Spotify playlists that move from Bach to Beyoncé, from Radiohead to Ligeti,' he said. 'I think these genre lines don’t exist anymore for many young listeners and also not for me, and it feels very artificial to keep them in my work. The same is true with visual culture: We’re surrounded by technology, and it’s in the DNA of our time, so it would be very strange to not use it in my work.’”—Michel van der Aa on his 3D opera, #PAABlankOut. Tap the link in our bio to read the full interview via @nytimes (📷: Priska Ketterer)
Michel van der Aa’s stunning 3D opera, Blank Out, makes its North American premiere in one week! Based on the life and work of South African poet Ingrid Jonker, #PAABlankOut combines live action, innovative techniques of interactive film, and inventive music to consider the ways in which we reconstruct and deal with traumatic life events. Soprano #MiahPersson sings live, combined with replayed loops of herself and the voice of baritone #RoderickWilliams in 3D film to create haunting musical passages and ensembles and, in the process, an entirely new form of opera. Learn more and purchase tickets via the link in our bio. (📷: Marco Borggreve, Joost Rietdijk, Priska Ketterer)
Over the next year, we'll be chronicling the Seventh Regiment's activity throughout WWI to coincide with centennial remembrances of America's involvement in "The War to End All Wars." One hundred years ago today, the men of the Seventh Regiment began their journey by departing the Armory and marching through crowds of cheering New Yorkers lining Fifth Avenue. The nearly 2,000 men were on their way to Camp Wadsworth in Spartanburg, SC, where they would be trained in trench warfare, modern artillery, and how to handle gas attacks by officers from the British and French forces. Join us as we follow the regiment from Park Avenue to the front lines by looking for posts tagged #107NYCentennial and #WWICC. Read more via the link in our bio.
Final days! Experience Jacques Herzog, Pierre de Meuron, and Ai Weiwei’s #PAAHanselAndGretel before it closes Sunday, August 6. Visit tonight and stay late for Armory After Hours—complete with a cash bar—until 10 pm. Tickets can be purchased at the box office or are available via the link in our bio. @aiww @herzogdemeuron
Tickets are still available for tonight's 7pm guided tour of our landmark building and its historic interiors, including the elegant the Board of Officers Room, pictured here. The room was designed by Herter Brothers—a top cabinet maker and interior design firm—in 1880, and it still maintains its signature warm and richly-colored mahogany wainscoting. Grab tickets for tonight's tour or check out additional dates in July and August via the link in our bio (📷: James Ewing) #ParkAvenueArmory #Architecture
LIVE at 6pm EST—Hansel & Gretel creators Jacques Herzog, Pierre de Meuron, and Ai Weiwei discuss the inspirations, ideas, and creative process behind their latest collaboration in a conversation moderated by Damian Woetzel. Tap the link in our bio to watch the Facebook Live stream #PAAHanselAndGretel (📷: Adriano A. Biondo and Ai Weiwei Studio)