30 Lafayette Ave.
Brooklyn, NY 11217
Description: Inspired by the real-life sex scandal that rocked Britain in the early 60s, English composer Thomas Ades' 1995 chamber opera returns to BAM 15 years after its New York premiere at the BAM Majestic Theater (now the BAM Harvey Theater). In this new production from New York City Opera, director Jay Scheib presents his genre-defying vision, integrating technology and daring physicality to this modern opera that plays off the public's obsession with the tabloid controversy surrounding a series of Polaroid photos of Margaret Campbell, Duchess of Argyll, dubbed the "Dirty Duchess." Through the prism of Campbell's life story, and featuring Phillip Hensher's libretto, Powder Her Face explores the intersection of gender, politics, and power.
Venue Description: Brooklyn Academy of Music is a nonprofit organization founded in 1861 whose mission is to be the preeminent progressive performing and cinema arts center of the 21st century. BAM is America's oldest continuously operating performing arts center. During its first century, BAM hosted political events, speeches, and rallies on the pressing issues of the day, featuring speakers like Susan B. Anthony, Sojourner Truth, Langston Hughes, Frank Lloyd Wright, and Amelia Earhart. Currently, BAM presents or produces up to 220 stage performances each year, and has a four-screen cinema, open 365 days a year, presenting new and art-house releases. BAM has an in-house restaurant and bar and a café which features up to 75 free performances annually. BAM Education serves up to 24,000 students and 200 New York City schools a year. BAM's archive, which includes thousands of photos, posters, and playbills, is a rich resource for historians, students, and art aficionados.
Situated in the heart of Downtown Brooklyn, BAM's Peter Jay Sharp Building is located at 30 Lafayette Ave. and the BAM Harvey Theater is at 651 Fulton St. All BAM performances are accessible to those who use wheelchairs. BAM theaters and public spaces are available for rental by commercial and nonprofit groups, as well as community organizations and individuals.
For more information or to purchase tickets to an event, visit bam.org.
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