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 …

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 …


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 …



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 …


Authority Figure

May 20 – 22

Authority Figure is a social psychology experiment that uses choreography, sound and installation to elicit emotional response from the audience. Monica Mirabile and Sarah Kinlaw have brought together 6 choreographers, 7 installation artists, original sound compositions by various musicians as well as a cast of 150+ performers to create a performance that motivates the audience to consider relationships to authority, …


Tamar Ettun: Mauve Bird with Yellow Teeth Red Feathers Green Feet and a Rose Belly, PART BLUE

November 7, 7-8pm; November 8, 2-3pm

Mauve Bird with Yellow Teeth Red Feathers Green Feet and a Rose Belly, PART BLUE is a performance and immersive psychological landscape by Tamar Ettun and her performance group The Moving Company. Using dance, sound, vast colors, and everyday object assemblages, Ettun seeks to locate a bodily impulse for empathy. This marks the first part of a performance tetralogy, each …



Oct 8 – 10, 15 – 17

Filmmaker Derrick Belcham (La Blogotheque, A Story Told Well) and choreographer Emily Terndrup (Sleep No More) present FABLE, a new evening-length production set in Knockdown’s sprawling 50,000-square-foot space. Featuring original music performed live by Blonde Redhead, Julianna Barwick, Porcelain Raft, David Moore (Bing & Ruth), Skyler Skjelset (Fleet Foxes, Beach House), Sarah Neufeld (Arcade Fire), White Hinterland, Prince Rama and …