Marking the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin wall, the Performing Revolution festival is in full swing, with over 25 exhibitions, performances, concerts, screenings, readings, and symposia being presented at a cross-section of New York City cultural organizations through March 2010. The festival explores the role the performing arts played in the 1989 revolutions in Central and Eastern Europe and is the brainchild of Karen Burke, assistant chief in the Music Division of The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, and Jacqueline Davis, the Library’s executive director.  To learn more about the festival, check out the video below:

Revolutionary Voices Video

Here are highlights of current and upcoming festival events:

  • Revolutionary Voices: Performing Arts in Central & Eastern Europe in the 1980s Through March 20 Co-curated by Karen Burke and Aniko Szucs, Revolutionary Voices is an exhibition focusing on theater, music, and dance and how artists resisted and questioned totalitarian regimes (at Vincent Astor Gallery, The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, 111 Amsterdam Avenue, at 65th Street)
  • Poland in the 1980s: Searching for Revolution in Dance January 7-February 14 A six-week multimedia exhibition documenting Polish dance through historical video, film, and photography.  Curated by Jacek Luminski, founder and executive director of Silesian Dance Theatre (at Dance New Amsterdam, 280 Broadway, 2nd Floor, enter on Chambers Street)
  • Polish Dance in the 1980s: Silence or Revolution? January 12-14 Three panel discussions exploring Poland’s revolution in dance during the late 20th century.  With international theater and dance critics, historians, scholars, and artists (at Dance New Amsterdam, 280 Broadway, 2nd Floor, enter on Chambers Street)
  • Gyor National Ballet from Hungary January 26-31 One of Europe’s oldest and most respected contemporary ballet companies presents the U.S. premieres of Rite of Spring, choreographed by Atilla Kun, and Petrushka, choreographed by Dmitrij Simkin  (at The Joyce Theater, 175 Eighth Avenue, at 19th Street)
  • Quartet v4.0 February 24-28 New York-based theater company WaxFactory presents a multimedia sci-fi production of Heiner Muller’s work, with colleagues from Croatia, Slovenia, and Poland (at Abrons Arts Center, Henry Street Settlement, 466 Grand Street, at Pitt Street)
  • Revolution! March 4-21 The Czech-American Marionette Theatre presents an overview of revolutions through the ages with guest artists from the Czech Republic (at Theater for the New City, 155 First Avenue, between 9th and 10th Streets)
  • The Gilded Red Cage, Parts 1 and 2 March 13-14 (at LaMaMa E.T.C., 74A East 4th Street) and March 17 & 21 (at The Tank, 354 West 34th Street) Slovakia’s BaPoDi (Banovce Underground Theatre) brings Silvester Lavrik’s original production to New York, accompanied by an exhibition of Radek Jahudka’s photographs

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