Visual Art | Theater | Opera

Speaking Truth to Power

 
 
Oct 1—Dec 8, 2018
 
 

Co-presented by BAM and the Onassis Cultural Center New York

 
 
 
 
 
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We consider our freedom of speech to be one of the cornerstones of our democracy. But when the ancient Greeks wrestled with the extent to which free speech should be the right of each citizen, they concluded that certain individuals, often by virtue of their character and way of life, are imbued with parrhesia, which enabled them to speak freely, frankly, openly, and, sometimes, offensively. The debate about the nature of truth rages on. In this series of performances, conversations, film screenings, and exhibits, we trace the concept of speaking truth to power—undeniably a form of resistance—and the many challenges that face the individuals, societies, and movements that seek to employ it.


 
EVENTS
NWA Pantazopoulou
Visual Art
A.M.T.P. (A Mad Tea Party)
Sep 13, 2018—Jan 6, 2019
 
A.M.T.P. (A Mad Tea Party)
Sep 13, 2018—Jan 6, 2019
 

Brooklyn-based Greek artist Ioanna Pantazopoulou presents a sprawling hanging sculpture that depicts a topsy-turvy, upside-down tea party, suspended from the ceiling of the BAM Harvey Theater.

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Speaking Truth To Power Archives
Visual Art
BAM Hamm Archives Exhibition: Speaking Truth to Power at the Academy
Oct 3, 2018—Jan 6, 2019
 
BAM Hamm Archives Exhibition: Speaking Truth to Power at the Academy
Oct 3, 2018—Jan 6, 2019
 

The BAM Hamm Archives presents an archival exhibition showcasing the influential thinkers, writers, activists, and luminaries who have given speeches on BAM’s stages.

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PAST EVENTS
Gospel at Colonus
Talks
The Gospel at Colonus + Screening of The Book of Clarence
 

Lee Breuer, Bob Telson, and Sam Butler discuss The Gospel at Colonus.

Wed, Sep 12, 2018
 
 
Speaking truth to power, Ran
Film
Ran
 

Kurosawa’s blistering investigation of the chaos wrought by tyrannical governance.

Mon, Oct 1, 2018
 
 
On Fear and Governance
Talks
On Fear and Governance
 

Director Anne Bogart and others examine the implications of a society governed by fear.

Fri, Oct 5, 2018
 
 
Speaking truth to power, the arbor
Film
The Arbor
 

The tragic story of playwright Andrea Dunbar, who spoke voluminous anti-establishment truth.

Mon, Oct 15, 2018
 
 
On Confronting Silence
Talks
On Confronting Silence
 

Masha Gessen and others discuss the truth of women’s lived experiences in the public sphere.

Sat, Oct 20, 2018
 
 
whose streets
Film
Whose Streets?
 

An electrifying dispatch from the frontlines in Ferguson, after Michael Brown’s killing.

Mon, Oct 29, 2018
 
 
On The Force Of Truth
Talks
On the Force of Truth
 

A look at social justice movements, from the writings of Tolstoy to Black Lives Matter.

Thu, Nov 1, 2018
 
 
Speaking truth to power, Taxi
Film
Taxi
 

Director Jafar Panahi posed as a taxi driver after being banned by the Iranian government.

Mon, Dec 3, 2018
 
 
Greek
Opera
Greek
 

Mark-Anthony Turnage’s (Anna Nicole) bold operatic retelling of the Oedipus tale.

Dec 5—Dec 9, 2018
NY PREMIERE
 
 
On the Economics of Fatalism
Talks
On the Economics of Fatalism
 

Simon Critchley leads a discussion about personal agency and the ability to speak one’s truth.

Sat, Dec 8, 2018
 
 
The Bacchae
Theater
The Bacchae
 

Euripides thrashes to new life in the hands of Anne Bogart and the renowned SITI Company.

Oct 4—Oct 7, 2018
NY PREMIERE