30 Lafayette Ave., Brooklyn
Fort Greene, NY 11217
Description: In a future Brooklyn, a tower is being built—the tallest in the world. All it needs is a carousel on top, spinning over the city below. Conjuring the seductive majesty of Fritz Lang's Metropolis and the gritty social narrative of Walker Evans' photography, acclaimed graphic artist Danijel Zezelj joins forces with Grammy-nominated composer Darcy James Argue's jazz big band Secret Society to tell this story of extravagance and urban ambition. The result is a feast for the senses: a dusky cityscape—painted live onstage by Zezelj alongside projections of his animation—coagulates in giant swaths of black acrylic as Secret Society scores the rise of this dystopian city.
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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