Park Avenue Armory Unveils Its 2018 Season

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Billie Piper in “Yerma” at the Young Vic in London. The production will open the 2018 season at the Park Avenue Armory. Credit Johan Persson

Plays, dances and installations from artists including Ivo van Hove, Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker and William Kentridge are in store for the 2018 season at the Park Avenue Armory, the Upper East Side performance space known for its vast drill hall.

The season, which runs from March 23 to Dec. 15, begins with “Yerma,” an import from the Young Vic in London that was a critical darling there. The play — what Ben Brantley of The New York Times called a “blistering” adaptation of Federico García Lorca by Simon Stone — relocates the tale from provincial Spain to modern London, where the title character, played by Billie Piper (“Doctor Who”), is a blogger struggling with infertility.

Other theater productions include Mr. van Hove’s “The Damned” (July 17-28), his adaptation of the 1969 film by Luchino Visconti, performed by the Comédie Française. The walls of the Armory’s drill hall will be part of the staging, which also involves projections on massive screens and cameras moving among the cast members.

Ms. De Keersmaeker, the intensely cerebral choreographer, will bring her troupe Rosas to the Armory from Oct. 1-7 for “The Six Brandenburg Concertos,” an evening-length work set to Bach’s concertos, performed by the Baroque ensemble B’Rock Orchestra.

Among the art shows planned are “The Let Go” (June 7 through July 1), by the interdisciplinary artist Nick Cave. His installation will turn the drill hall into a gathering space for New Yorkers to speak their minds through dance and work out their frustrations.

And the South African artist William Kentridge will take over the space for the installation and performance piece “The Head and the Load” (Dec. 5-15), inspired by the Ghanaian proverb “The head and the load are troubles of the neck.” The large-scale work will incorporate music, dance and projections to explore the history of African supply carriers being used by Britain, France and Germany to bear the brunt of causalities in Africa during World War I.

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