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By Heart

Oct 12—Oct 17, 2021
Performance dates & times
All performances will adhere to protocols developed in accordance with New York State regulations and in consultation with medical professionals for the safety of our artists, audiences, and staff.
Please note that due to unforeseen circumstances, By Heart will now run from Oct 12—17 
October 2021
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Tuesday October 12, 2021
Performances no longer available.
Part of Fall 2021


Written and performed by Tiago Rodrigues

“miraculous... was the communal act of translation that allowed each of us to inhabit the text.”
—The New York Times (Critic's Pick)
“Subtle, powerful and likely to make you roar at the stage”
—The Irish Times

“Once 10 people know a poem by heart,” the literary critic George Steiner once said, “there’s nothing the KGB, the CIA or the Gestapo can do about it.”

Visionary Portuguese artist Tiago Rodrigues, newly appointed director of the Avignon Festival, invites 10 audience members to join him in a deeply personal poetic experiment. What appears as a relatively simple task—memorizing a poem—quickly unfolds into something more expansive, as improbable connections emerge between Boris Pasternak, Ray Bradbury, and a cook from the north of Portugal. With curiosity and wit, Rodrigues guides us on a moving journey to illuminate the places forbidden texts have found in our minds and hearts throughout history, as safeguards of humanity no tyrant or government can eradicate.

Please note that due unforeseen circumstances, By Heart will now run from Oct 12—17

Text with fragments and quotes by William Shakespeare, Ray Bradbury, George Steiner, Joseph Brodsky, among others

Set and costume design by Magda Bizarro

English translation by Tiago Rodrigues, revised by Joana Frazão

A Teatro Nacional D. Maria II production after an original creation by the company Mundo Perfeito

Executive produced by Rita Forjaz and Joana Costa Santos based on the original production by Magda Bizarro and Rita Mendes

Co-produced by O Espaço do Tempo, Maria Matos Teatro Municipal

Created with the financial support by Governo de Portugal | DGArtes

Leadership support for BAM Access Programs provided by the Jerome L. Greene Foundation.

Jerome L. Greene Foundation


Leadership support for theater at BAM provided by
The Fan Fox & Leslie R. Samuels Foundation, Inc.;
The SHS Foundation; and The Shubert Foundation, Inc.

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By Heart
Galas & Events
Producers Council Celebration: By Heart
Thu, Oct 14, 2021
Producers Council Celebration: By Heart
Thu, Oct 14, 2021

Join fellow BAM Patrons and BAM artists for a behind-the-scenes celebration with the company, following the performance of Tiago Rodrigues’ By Heart.

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