[A] mesmerizing performance at the Park Avenue Armory … that often seemed as much like an art installation as a concert, and felt at every moment like a dynamic, self-aware commentary on the issue of scale.”
– The New York Times
“A triumph of radical choreography and staging … [while] retaining the mystery of a unique, extraordinary experience.” – The Guardian (London)
The xx has made big noises across the pop landscape while barely raising their voices above an ear-grazing whisper. Their poignant, minimalist music is a tribute to their unflinching drive for originality, which has ensured their position as one of the most in-demand bands of our time.
After headlining major festivals and huge outdoor venues like Coachella and Lollapalooza and sold-out runs at quintessential venues like Radio City Music Hall, the Mercury Prize-winning trio comes to the Armory for a much more intimate experience. Defying perceptions of a traditional concert, the xx creates a site-specific environment to delve into uncharted levels of depth in their sound where dark and light collide as the memory of the outside world falls away. This uniquely voyeuristic and deeply personal setting is the perfect oasis for the band to perform, while in the process redefining their music and their relationship to the audience that surrounds them.
Originally commissioned by Manchester International Festival.
The Armory thanks Burberry for their support in this production of The xx.
This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.
March 19, 2014 (Previews)
March 20–29 (Performances)
Wade Thompson Drill Hall