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MIF Director Takes New York Role

Poots heads to Park Avenue

Written by . Published on December 22nd 2011.

MIF Director Takes New York Role

ALEX Poots, director of the Manchester International Festival, has been appointed artistic director of New York’s Park Avenue Armory.

Poots will take on the new role in addition to his work on the Manchester bi-annual event. He will begin work on the Armory’s 2013 season in early 2012. The new role will also lead to a co-commissioning partnership between MIF and the Armory, a new cultural institution for New York.

“Alex has distinguished himself at the Manchester International Festival with bold and brilliant commissions, and he has developed groundbreaking productions in unconventional spaces."

The Armory said the appointment of Poots would facilitate 'a partnership that advances the artistic goals of both the Armory and MIF'. 

Poots said: “The Armory offers an extraordinary opportunity to work closely with leading international artists to create bold and adventurous work that is not confined by traditional performance or exhibition spaces – work that is tailor-made for the Armory.

"As at Manchester International Festival, the programming will be artist-led and will aim to be at the highest levels of excellence, reflecting the high ambition of those who originally built the Armory. 

Rebecca Robertson, president and executive producer of Park Avenue Armory, said: “Our vision is to create opportunities for artists to realise their most expansive and free-wheeling dreams, and for audiences to have experiences that open up new artistic frontiers.

The most effective way to achieve this goal is by engaging an artistic director with a proven track record in this area, and by creating commissioning partnerships with other organisations with shared ambitions and spaces.

“Alex has distinguished himself at the Manchester International Festival with bold and brilliant commissions, and he has developed groundbreaking productions in unconventional spaces. With his artistic vision and sensibility, he is the perfect person to help the Armory realize its vision. We are also looking forward to developing collaborative projects with the highly acclaimed Manchester International Festival.”

Sir Howard Bernstein, chief executive of Manchester City Council, said: “This appointment is another sign that Manchester’s International Festival is now a global as well as a local success and it’s wonderful to be strengthening the cultural ties between these two great cities."


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