Sunday Service: Niall Jones Presents…

Sunday March 5, 2017


This month, Knockdown Center invites Niall Jones to curate Sunday Service. The evening will explore the dance party and nightlife, historically and empirically, as a commingling of multiple bodies and multiple ethics. The dance party ostensibly functions as a movement, at once, for and against the sturdiness of identity, and all the while irreducibly in pursuit of (un)certain pleasures and intractable …


Incarnata Social Club

March 23, 2017

Doors 8pm



Knockdown Center is pleased to present Incarnata Social Club, an evening of experimental performance dedicated to providing visibility to artists at all stages of professional development. Founded in 2016 by artists Kembra Pfahler and Orlando Estrada, Incarnata began as a monthly performance salon in a basement night club in New York City’s East Village. Incarnata has since expanded to become …


Hanne Tierney: Baby, Said Alice B. Toklas

Opening Reception: Saturday April 15, 6-9pm

April 15 – May 28, 2017

Knockdown Center is pleased to present Baby, Said Alice B. Toklas, a self-performing object theater produced by artist Hanne Tierney. Installed across the expanse of Knockdown Center’s Annex, a series of vignettes come to life as cloth figures, hula hoops, and satin configurations gesture, twirl, and sway, manipulated by a system of motors and robotic electronics, designed by engineer Oskar …


Sunday Service: MAMI presents… Alexandra Bell, NIC Kay, Isabel Flower + Marcel Rosa-Salas, YATTA

Sunday, February 12, 2017


Sunday Service is a curated series of short-form live performances across mediums. Taking place the first Sunday of each month in the Ready Room, a guest curator is invited to organize a salon style evening of in-progress works, performances, and presentations, anchored by a framing principle such as a question, proposition, theme, or formal structure. Sunday Service encourages works in …


FUTURE HOST: A Speech Opera

Friday, January 20 – Sunday, January 22, 2017

Knockdown Center is pleased to present Future Host: A Speech Opera, a site-specific sound and performance installation and collaboration of artists across disciplines from China and the United States, premiering January 20-22, 2017. Absent of actors, Future Host features digitally mastered speech recordings and live performance of original music, spatialized to activate an ambulatory experience whereby the audience freely inhabits …


Spilling Over

Oct 15, 7pm

NYPAC, the New York Performance Artists Collective, is pleased to present Spilling Over, an evening of curated performances at the Knockdown Center on October 15th, 2016. Organized around an expanded notion of theater, the program features works by Caitlin Baucom, Cammisa Buerhaus, and Isaac Pool that employ theatricality outside of its institutionalized boundaries. Cammisa Buerhaus will premiere Private Lives, a hallucinatory filmic …



Oct 14 and 16, 7:30pm

WATCHING ME / WATCHING YOU is a performance exploring the subtly of oppression within everyday gestures. An ongoing collaboration between Joshua Kent, Matthew Nicholas and Courtney Mackedanz, the performance is crafted in the shadow of accessible pornography and mediated digital flesh. Employing devised and quotational choreography, audiences watch three bodies move within a sparse environment, speaking texts written by strangers and …

Andrew Szobody
Andrew Szobody

Lucy in Limbo

Nov 10, 11 and 12: doors 7pm, show 7:30pm

Lucy in Limbo is a two-part play that sees the build and wake of a cataclysmic storm spanning two decades of a couple’s lives together. Holed up in their New York City apartment, immobilized and mummified in bandages, they find themselves at the mercy of an over-caffeinated journalist as she prods them about their survival. Written by Moze Halperin and Anna …



Sep 10 and 11, 2 – 10pm

Welcome to BUSHWIG 2016! – The biggest, queerest & most fabulous festival of drag, music & love in the world. We have moved house again this year to the Knockdown Center a 5000 capacity playground! This year we are creating a paradise island of drag queens, gorgeous food, installations, projections, discos, international DJs, live music & outdoor fun. Weekend pass …



May 30, 3 – 9pm

A very special, super-sized, Memorial Day edition of CATCH Performance Series! CATCH is a Brooklyn-based, hydra-headed, multi-disciplinary, rough-and-ready series of performance events. On Memorial Day, Monday 30 May, they will present 20 amazing music, dance and performance artists with a barbecue cook-off. CATCH is curated with reckless delicacy by Jeff Larson, Andrew Dinwiddie, and Caleb Hammons. “2015 OBIE Award … Best Ambulatory Feast of Experimental Performance”- The Village …