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It is a uniquely difficult time as we all adjust to a new way of life and take the measures necessary to slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus. While our spaces are dark, BAM remains active and committed to connecting artists and audiences as we meet this unprecedented challenge together.

We’re diving into the Leon Levy BAM Digital Archive to bring you performances, events, and interviews from our vibrant history held in the BAM Hamm Archives; offering new films as a virtual theatrical experience; elevating work by current artists who must now find new ways to connect with audiences; and creating new unique content. We’ll also share these highlights on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, and via email.

We hope that these offerings are a source of inspiration today—and a promise of the incredible work yet to come.

 

WHAT'S NEW
DanceAfrica 2020
PROGRAMS
DanceAfrica 2020
 
PROGRAMS
 
DanceAfrica 2020

This year, we celebrate DanceAfrica with a series of digital offerings, including online dance classes, streams of past performances, a virtual bazaar, and more.


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Filmafrica
FILM SERIES
FilmAfrica: co-presented by BAM & AFF, Inc.
 
FilmAfrica: co-presented by BAM & AFF, Inc.
 

This year’s edition of the annual cinematic companion to DanceAfrica goes online with a selection of modern African cinema classics presented by BAM and African Film Festival, Inc.

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Leadership support for off-site programs provided by:

Support for the signature artist series provided by Howard Gilman Foundation

 

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

Jerome L. Greene Foundation

 

Leadership support for the Leon Levy BAM Digital Archive provided by the Leon Levy Foundation

Hamnet
VIDEO
Hamnet
 
Hamnet
 
This stunning play, presented as part of Next Wave 2019, gives voice to Shakespeare’s son Hamnet—who died at age 11—as an unassuming embodiment of tragedy, mortality, legacy, and what it means not to be.
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Leadership support for BAM Film programs provided by The Thompson Family Foundation Leadership

 

Leadership support for BAM Hamm Archives provided by Charles J. & Irene F. Hamm

 

Major support for BAM Film provided by the Ford Foundation

Booth
VIDEO
A PLAGUE ON ALL OUR HOUSES
 
A PLAGUE ON ALL OUR HOUSES
 
Bush Moukarzel and Dead Centre, the team behind Hamnet, revisits Shakespeare’s work in light of the plague that ravaged London during his lifetime, reflecting on the impact of a pandemic on artists, audiences, and the theater at large.
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Community Resources
PROGRAMS
Community Resources
 
Community Resources
 

A wide-ranging list of resources—from arts education activities to food assistance programs—to help you and your loved ones navigate these difficult times safely.

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RECENT RELEASES
Fourteen
Film
Fourteen
Now Playing
 
Fourteen
Now Playing
 

Dan Sallitt’s (The Unspeakable Act) subtly poignant depiction of female friendship unfolds over the course of a decade. Presented in partnership with Grasshopper Film.

+ 5/19, 8pm: Q&A with director Dan Sallitt and actors Tallie Medel and Norma Kuhling
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Film
The Juniper Tree
Now Playing
 
The Juniper Tree
Now Playing
 

BAM and Arbelos Films present this underseen 1990 gem, set in medieval Iceland and featuring a riveting performance by Björk in her feature film debut.

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Deerskin
Film
Deerskin
Now Playing
 
Deerskin
Now Playing
 

BAM and Greenwich Entertainment present Quentin Dupieux’s black comedy of middle-aged masculinity gone awry, starring Jean Dujardin (The Artist) and Adéle Haenel (Portrait of a Lady on Fire).

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Film Programmers' Notebook: On Solitude
Film
Vitalina Varela
Now Playing
 
Vitalina Varela
Now Playing
 

The latest from Portuguese master Pedro Costa is a profound, visually sublime tale of a woman’s journey through time and memory as she confronts the specters of her past.

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REP GEMS AND REDISCOVERIES
Colonel Redl
Film
Colonel Redl
Now Playing
 
Colonel Redl
Now Playing
 

Istvan Szabo’s classic 1985 drama about an ambitious young officer—played by the brilliant Klaus Maria Brandauer—in the fading glory of the Austro-Hungarian empire, presented in partnership with Kino Lorber.

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Thousand Pieces of Gold
Film
Thousand Pieces of Gold
Now Playing
 
Thousand Pieces of Gold
Now Playing
 

BAM partners with Kino Lorber to present a virtual revival run of Nancy Kelly’s underrated gem of 90s American independent filmmaking, a feminist take on the classic Manifest Destiny tale.

+ Q&A with director and cast 4/29, 8pm
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Cane River
Film
Cane River
Now Playing
 
Cane River
Now Playing
 

BAM, in partnership with Oscilloscope Films, is delighted to bring back Horace B. Jenkins’ long-lost gem of Black independent cinema, which was a hit at our cinemas in February.

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DOCUMENTARIES
Film
Spaceship Earth
Now Playing
 
Spaceship Earth
Now Playing
 

Matt Wolf’s documentary tells the stranger-than-fiction tale of eight visionaries who spent two years quarantined inside a replica of Earth’s ecosystem, presented in partnership with NEON.

+ You can buy virtual tickets for Spaceship Earth starting Fri, May 8
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 Hilma Af Klint
Film
Beyond the Visible—Hilma af Klint
Now Playing
 
Beyond the Visible—Hilma af Klint
Now Playing
 

BAM partners with Zeitgeist Film and Kino Marquee to present this dazzling, course-correcting documentary about the visionary abstract painter Hillma af Klint.

+ Q&A with director Halina Dyrschka on 4/18, 3:10pm
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The Hottest August
Film
The Hottest August
Now Playing
 
The Hottest August
Now Playing
 

BAM and Grasshopper Film present a virtual theatrical engagement of Brett Story’s BAMcinemaFest hit, a funny and thoughtful study of New Yorkers—alone and together—that’s extra poignant in our current moment.

+ Q&A with Brett Story on 4/5, 3:40pm
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BAM Membership Donations
 
BAM Membership Donations
 

Share the joy of a BAM Membership with a community member affected by the COVID-19 crisis—and ensure the future of BAM's adventurous programming.

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LEARN SOMETHING NEW
 
 

Steven McIntosh, BAM’s director of education and family programming, offers more recommendations, from his favorite stay-at-home interactive arts activities to content for kids and families.

RESOURCE 
Phone Fictions 
 

Brighten your day with this lighthearted and imaginative collection of 15 films for young audiences by Scottish artists currently sheltering-in-place, commissioned by Visible Fictions theater company.

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EduHam at Home 
 

Dive into American history with this family version of the Hamilton Education Program, featuring video clips of the beloved Broadway show, interviews with Lin-Manuel Miranda, and more free materials to enjoy at home.

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RESOURCE 
Pharaoh Ramesses IV Tomb 
 

Explore the ancient Egyptian tomb of Pharaoh Ramesses IV on a virtual family field trip with this new online initiative from Egypt’s Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities.

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COMPELLING CONVERSATION
Greenlight books
Love From BAM Reading List
 
Love From BAM Reading List
 
Engage directly with the work of some of the authors featured in Love From BAM through this reading list from neighborhood friends Greenlight Bookstore.
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David Lan
VIDEO
David Lan
 
David Lan
 
Former Young Vic artistic director David Lan is joined by director Stephen Daldry for a discussion to celebrate his newly released memoir.
+ Co-presented by BAM and Greenlight Bookstore
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Ilya Kaminsky
VIDEO
Ilya Kaminsky
Part of Eat, Drink & Be Literary
 
Ilya Kaminsky
Part of Eat, Drink & Be Literary
 
National Book Award finalist Ilya Kaminsky read from his acclaimed poetry collection Deaf Republic, which captures both the complexity and fullness of life in a time of crisis.
+ Presented in partnership with the National Book Foundation
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Essex Hemphill
ARCHIVES
Essex Hemphill
 
Essex Hemphill
 
In this interdisciplinary evening, artists, writers, and activists paid tribute to poet and activist Essex Hemphill, reflecting on his work and legacy from the 1980s to the present.
+ Co-presented by BAM and PEN America + Part of PEN World Voices Festival
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1983
TALKS
Discussion: Set and Reset
 
Discussion: Set and Reset
 
Choreographer and dancer Stephen Petronio—who performed in the world premiere of Set and Reset at BAM—reflects on the Trisha Brown Dance Company’s 50th anniversary withAaron Mattocks, director of programming at the Joyce Theater.
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N.K. Jemison
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N. K. Jemisin and Ijeoma Oluo
 
N. K. Jemisin and Ijeoma Oluo
 
The bestselling authors discuss using material from the past, engaging the complexities of our present, and imagining a revolutionary future.
+ Co-presented by BAM and Greenlight Bookstore
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Arundhati Roy
ARCHIVES
Arundhati Roy
 
Arundhati Roy
 
The Booker Prize-winning author speaks with playwright Eve Ensler about The Ministry of Utmost Happiness, a series of intersecting narratives about isolation, solidarity, and hope across the Indian subcontinent.
+ In partnership with Greenlight Bookstore and the Onassis Cultural Center New York
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Valeria Luiselli
ARCHIVES
Eat, Drink & Be Literary: Valeria Luiselli
 
Eat, Drink & Be Literary: Valeria Luiselli
 
Luiselli read from her powerful essay Tell Me How It Ends, an exploration of the coldness and isolation of the legal process underlying the child migrant crisis.
+ In partnership with the National Book Foundation
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Love from bam
Support BAM
 
Support BAM
 
As we brace for the impact of this crisis, your generosity is critical.
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Coming Out and Coming Of Age
ARCHIVES
Coming Out and Of Age
 
Coming Out and Of Age
 
A transcript of authors Nicole Dennis-Benn, Casey Gerald, T Kira Madden, and Alexander Chee as they explore and complicate the construct of coming out and coming-of-age narratives.
+ Presented at the Brooklyn Book Festival
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Morgan Parker
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Unbound: Morgan Parker
 
Unbound: Morgan Parker
 
Parker launched her collection There Are More Beautiful Things Than Beyoncé with a discussion of 21st-century black American womanhood, politics, loneliness, art, and pop culture, captured here in an audio recording.
+ In partnership with Greenlight Bookstore
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PAST PERFORMANCES
sanam marvi
VIDEO
Sanam Marvi
 
Sanam Marvi
 
A brilliant vocal interpreter of South Asia’s spiritual, folk, and classical poetry, Sanam Marvi transforms songs in the ebullient qawwali and other traditions into fierce clarion calls for tolerance and understanding.
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Circus: Wandering City
VIDEO
Circus: Wandering City
 
Circus: Wandering City
 
Acclaimed string quartet ETHEL takes a nuanced view of the modern circus, combining original music with projections of images, films, and interviews.
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Never Records
VISUAL ART
Never Records
 
Never Records
 
Out of 65 live performances recorded at BAM at the beginning of this year as part of Never Records, artist Ted Riederer selected 13 that capture the spirit of his traveling installation. This featured collection includes album covers, photos, and video.
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dizzy sense
VIDEO
“Potent” by Dizzy SenZe
 
“Potent” by Dizzy SenZe
 
Hip-hop and spoken word artist Dizzy SenZe performs “Potent” as part of the Never Records installation at BAM earlier this year.
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Refuse The Hour
ARCHIVES
Refuse the Hour
 
Refuse the Hour
 
Inimitable South African artist William Kentridge delves into a phantasmagoric investigation of temporality in this multimedia chamber opera by composer Phillip Miller.
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Songs of Lear
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Songs of Lear
 
Songs of Lear
 
King Lear is reimagined as a dramatic nonlinear song cycle in this theatrical production from Song of the Goat Theatre. Shakespeare’s tragic masterpiece has been reinterpreted at BAM in every performance genre.
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Set & Reset
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Set and Reset
 
Set and Reset
 
Trisha Brown collaborated with Laurie Anderson and Robert Rauschenberg for Set and Reset—now considered a germinal work in the postmodern dance canon—which had its world premiere at BAM in 1983.
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Green and Green live cinema
ARCHIVES
Brent Green and Sam Green
 
Brent Green and Sam Green
 
This collaborative performance brings together cinema with live musical accompaniment and narration—including an archival audio recording from Louis Armstrong’s collection that captures the solitude at the end of the party.
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Man To Man
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Man to Man
 
Man to Man
 
A woman must suppress her own identity in order to survive in this poetic play from Next Wave 2017, starring Margaret Ann Bain..
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Non Solus
ARCHIVES
A Closer Look: Non Solus (Not Alone)
 
A Closer Look: Non Solus (Not Alone)
 
Choreographer Bence Vági, whose mission is to revive the tradition of the great circuses of Europe, narrates a short video describing the unique relationship between dance and circus in Non Solus, an abstract work presented by his company, Recirquel Company, Budapest, at BAM in 2019.
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DIGITAL ART
On Solitude
VISUAL ART
On Solitude
 
On Solitude
 
A selection of works from BAM’s visual art collection, including pieces by Carrie Mae Weems, David Byrne, and Louise Lawler, ruminating on varied and circuitous responses to solitude. Photo: East ender by Sam Moyer, courtesy of the artist.
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