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By Heart
Theater By Heart BAM Fisher
Oct 5—Oct 17, 2021


Written and performed by Tiago Rodrigues

Visionary Portuguese artist Tiago Rodrigues invites 10 audience members to join him in a deeply personal poetic experiment, illuminating the places forbidden texts have always found in our hearts.

“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.


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