Roulette is a presenter, producer, and state-of-the-art performing arts theater offering cutting-edge, live experimental art in music, dance, and intermedia since 1978. Beginning in Tribeca at the height of New York's Downtown experimental arts revolution, now located in the heart of Downtown Brooklyn, our 400-seat, 1928 Memorial Hall was renovated thanks to a $2.7 million capital campaign, completed in 2015, and now houses some of the industry's highest quality equipment for artists' creative undertakings.
Roulette’s mission is to support artists creating new and adventurous art in all disciplines by providing them with a venue and resources to realize their creative visions and to build an audience interested in the evolution of experimental art.
Roulette is a major New York City venue for contemporary music and intermedia art, internationally recognized for the presentation and promotion of experimental contemporary music, an incubator for young talent and a laboratory where new ideas and new technologies are examined, appraised and developed. It is also an artists' resource center, offering cheap rehearsal space, high-quality recording facilities, residencies, information, and commissions. In 2017, Roulette housed over 125 performances, with an additional 125 community partnerships and events, serving 60,000 audiences here in NYC.
Seminal pioneering figures who have presented their work at Roulette, oftentimes early in their careers, include Maryanne Amacher, Robert Ashley, Anthony Braxton, Simone Forti, Bill Frisell, Philip Glass, Yusef Lateef, Christian Marclay, Meredith Monk, Ikue Mori, Pauline Oliveros, Zeena Parkins, Arthur Russell, Kaija Saariaho, Wadada Leo Smith, Henry Threadgill - whose premiered work at Roulette later won the 2016 Pulitzer Prize - and John Zorn. Roulette continues to make a mark as a venue where scores of promising avant-garde artists make their first professional statements. Representatives of the latest generation of composing artists who have recently developed and presented works at Roulette include Aaron Burnette, Maria Chavez, Phyllis Chen, Jennifer Choi, Mario Diaz de Leon, Mary Halvorson, Darius Jones, Mary Kouyoumdjian, Alfredo Marin, Tristan Perich, Matana Roberts, MacArthur Genius Recipient Tyshawn Sorey, Ben Stapp, C. Spencer Yeh and many more.
Roulette is a presenter, producer, and state-of-the-art performing arts theater offering cutting-edge, live experimental art in music, dance, and intermedia since 1978. Beginning in Tribeca at the height of New York's Downtown…