The Perelman Performing Arts Center (PAC NYC) has today announced details of the inaugural season program at the new performing arts center at the World Trade Center site in Lower Manhattan.
PAC NYC (251 Fulton Street) is a dynamic new home for the arts, serving audiences and the creative sector through flexible venues enabling the facility to embrace wide-ranging artistic programs. The inaugural year will feature commissions, world premieres, co-productions, and collaborative work across theatre, dance, music, opera, film and more.
The vision for PAC NYC began when then Mayor Mike Bloomberg and his team worked to ensure the plan for rebuilding the World Trade Center site included a performing arts centre.
The inaugural year programming will feature commissions, world premieres, partnerships, festivals and co-productions.
PAC NYC will open its doors with Refuge: A Concert Series to Welcome the World – a five-evening event featuring a vibrant mix of acclaimed musicians from around the globe curated around the theme of refuge. All concerts will be Pay-What-You-Wish.
The artistic programs will range from World Premieres of Laurence Fishburne’s one-man tour-de-force play, Like They Do in The Movies, to a fabulous reimagining of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s beloved musical, CATS, re-envisioned within the dance-rich setting of Ballroom culture that roared out of New York City over 50 years ago, and the World Premiere of newly commissioned multi-disciplinary work, Watch Night, a genre-defying exploration of justice and forgiveness that fuses melodies rooted in spirituals, percussive breath, and fiery opera with the urgency of slam poetry
In addition to the Refuge concert series, music programming will include a recital by Easter Island’s pioneering pianist Mahani Teave (Sept. 28) and an intimate evening with Tony Award winner Brian Stokes Mitchell (Oct. 5).
PAC NYC has also partnered with Creative Artist Agency (CAA) to present conversations with renowned celebrities such as Kerry Washington, and will host the 2023 Herbie Hancock Institute of Jazz International Piano Competition, the most prestigious competition of its kind.
The inaugural season showcases the unparalleled flexibility of three performing arts venues inside PAC NYC: the John E. Zuccotti Theater (seating up to 450 people), the Mike Nichols Theater (seating up to 250) and the Doris Duke Foundation Theater (seating up to 99). The venues can be used individually or combined (total capacity up to 950 seats) with configurations that include theater-in-the-round, end stage, thrust and traverse, to accommodate artistic innovation that can engage and delight audiences in new ways at every visit.
For more information on PAC NYC, and to view the full season program, please CLICK HERE.