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Douglas Gordon Goes Swimming in the Shallow End

In Claude Debussy’s 1910 prelude “La cathédrale engloutie” (“The Sunken Cathedral”), shuddering waves of chords grow and then drown out in tribute to a mythical cathedral rising out of the sea and then disappearing again. In Douglas Gordon’s new “tears become… streams become…” installation at the Park Avenue Armory, the rippling notes are provided each night by pianist Hélène Grimaud, who plays a Steinway encircled by a reflecting pool of 122,000 gallons of water.

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The Unremarkable Death of Marina Abramović

Marina Abramović, as you may have heard, is dead. She has died at the age of 67 and is being celebrated at the Park Avenue Armory with a production by pioneering theater director Robert Wilson, called The Life and Death of Marina Abramović. She is also starring in the show, quite alive, alongside Willem Dafoe, Antony (of Antony and the Johnsons), and a cast of roughly a dozen other performers.

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From Park Avenue to the Moon

One person’s final frontier is another’s impersonal void, or at least those are the two experiences of space you’re likely to have at Oktophonie at the Park Avenue Armory. On the first of its performance run that started this week, the crowd, some grudgingly, took off their shoes and put on white “cloaks” (really more like ponchos) and filed into the circles of chairs on the floor of a raised white stage. What followed was over an hour of what is described as a “ritualized lunar experience,” scored by cold modernist music and shifts of light.

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An Immersive Hallucination with Massive Attack, Adam Curtis, and Punchdrunk in the 2013 Armory Season

With a fantasy of suburbs and excess from Paul McCarthy, the Robert Wilson-staged The Life and Death of Marina Abramović, and Matt Charman’s play about the chess-master IBM computer Deep Blue, the 2013 Park Avenue Armory season is going to be a theatrical one, to say the least. But the most sensory overload may come from the (tentatively titled) Massive Attack v Adam Curtis.