I don’t know about you, but when it comes to dream dance venues, the Golden Age fortress that is the Park Avenue Armory is at the top of our list. Just imagine yourself: sliding from the lavish reception halls to the 55,000 square foot drill hall that looks like an industrial warehouse or an empty train station, reminiscent of the vibes of those old school military dances you see in the World War II movies. Obviously, we’ve put a lot of thought into it, and next month our fantasies will finally have a chance to come true.
The posh New York City palace, which grew from a military installation under Lincoln, to a social club, to a legendary cultural institution beloved by artists, musicians and, notably, Marc Jacobs during Fashion Week, will transform into a “socially distanced dance club”. — just in time to scratch everyone’s revitalized itch this spring.
Part performance, part disco, SOCIAL! the social distancing dance club invites participants to experience an interactive, communal sense of catharsis through movement and music. A playlist curated by David Byrne (Talking Heads), Christine Jones (set designer for Spring Awakening, American Idiot, and Harry Potter and the Cursed Child), and Steven Hoggett (choreographer and movement director for The curious incident of the dog in the night and Harry Potter and the Cursed Child), mixed by DJ Natasha Diggs, will blast through the Wade Thompson Drill Hall, urging attendees to let loose in their own socially distanced spotlight. An instructive voiceover from Byrne will add to the experience, dictating moves choreographed by Yasmine Lee. You can choose to dance in sync with the group or channel your energy into freestyle moves. Either way, it’s sure to be a magical (and much-needed) moment on the dance floor.
Previews begin April 9 and the experience will be open to the public, with extensive COVID safety procedures in place, from April 13 through April 22. Buy your tickets HERE!
[Photo by James Ewing via @parkavearmory]