“A cabinet of curiosities, a spoken opera, a musical, and a cinematic bouquet all wrapped into one.”
“Grand, all-consuming theater [that is] meticulously composed…
the principle of text collage is something Rosefeldt as a film artist carries through the entirety of the piece
Known by Armory audiences for his 2016 presentation of the “utterly absorbing” (ARTNews) film installation Manifesto starring Cate Blanchett, artist and filmmaker Julian Rosefeldt creates elaborately staged films that investigate the power of language and the conventions of cinema as an allegory for societal and individual behaviors. He continues this examination with the multi-channel film installation Euphoria, which explores capitalism, colonialism, and the influential effects of unlimited economic growth in society.
This immersive new work is scored with original music composed by Samy Moussa with an additional composition by Cassie Kinoshi. Presented in an arena-like setting, this Armory commission fully surrounds the viewer with life-size projections of the Brooklyn Youth Chorus and acclaimed jazz drummers Terri Lyne Carrington, Peter Erskine, Yissy García, Eric Harland, and Antonio Sanchez, whose rhythmic and narrative nature mirrors the machinery of economy. Thoughts and musings from a variety of sources from economists, business magnates, writers, and celebrities from the likes of Warren Buffet, Ayn Rand, and Milton Friedman to Audre Lorde, John Steinbeck, Donna Haraway, and Snoop Dogg take on new meaning as they are reinterpreted as poetic monologues in real and imagined scenes of euphoric production and consumption, including a bank lobby that fills with surreal dance choreographies and acrobatics, five homeless men discussing economic theory, and an empty supermarket with a prowling singing tiger. The result is a searing monument to the history of greed that raises seminal questions around the success and enduring legacy of entrepreneurship.
Commissioned and Produced by Park Avenue Armory
Co-Commissioned by Holland Festival, Ruhrtriennale Festival of the Arts, RISING Melbourne in Association with Sydney Festival and Weltkulturerbe Völklinger Hütte
Written, Directed, Produced Julian Rosefeldt
Music Samy Moussa
Executive Producer Wassili Zygouris
Executive Producer Kyiv Anastasiya Bukovska, Tatyana Kurmaz, Family Production
Executive Producer New York Christian Detres, See The Tree Productions
Executive Producer Sofia Konstantina Manolova, Solent Film
Director of Photography Christoph Krauss
Set Design Nadja Götze
Costume Design Daniela Backes, Bina Daigeler
Hair/ Make-Up Julia Böhm, Katharina Thieme, Sonia Salazar-Delgado
Choreography, Bank Scene Richard Siegal
Sound Recording David Hilgers, Oliver Göbel, Ludwig Fiedler
Sound Design Thomas Appel
Editing Bobby Good
Dramaturgy Tobias Staab
Text collages Julian Rosefeldt, Tobias Staab
Dramaturgical advice Janaina Pessoa
Assistant Director Denis Sonin, Ires Jung
Casting Cassandra Han
Musical Concept Julian Rosefeldt
Composition Samy Moussa
Additional Music Cassie Kinoshi
Brooklyn Youth Chorus Director Dianne Berkun Menaker
Music Production Ed Williams, Dianne Berkun Menaker
Sound engineer music recording Isaiah Abolin
With Giancarlo Esposito, Virginia Newcomb, Ayesha Jordan, Kate Strong, Jeff Wood, Erik Hansen, Tim Williams, Jeff Burrell, Robert Bronzi, Rocio Rodriguez-Inniss, Dora Zygouri, Esther Odumade, Tia Murrell, Asa Ali, Luis Rosefeldt, Richard Siegal, Nena Sorzano, Corey Scott-Gilbert, Jared Brown, and the voice of Cate Blanchett
And Terri Lyne Carrington, Peter Erskine, Yissy García, Eric Harland, Antonio Sanchez, as well as the singers of the Brooklyn Youth Chorus
Euphoria is supported in part by a generous gift from Jill and Peter Kraus.
Image: © Julian Rosefeldt
Wade Thompson Drill Hall
The installation can be entered at any time during open hours. One loop takes approximately 1 hour and 55 minutes.
Sunday December 11: 11:00am–3:00pm
Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve:
Christmas Day: Closed
Health and Safety Protocols
Effective September 26, 2022, masks are optional—all guests are encouraged to wear a mask in the Armory to protect themselves and others. To view additional COVID-19 Policies, please visit our FAQs page.
Armory After Hours
Join us on Friday evenings from 6:00pm–10:00pm for free wine or sparkling water with fellow Euphoria attendees at a special bar in one of our historic period rooms.
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