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"High Noon. June 4, 1989,"
The most popular Solidarity
campaign poster during
the first free elections in
the Communist bloc,
June 1989.
Design: Tomasz Sarnecki
The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts,
with support and advice of the Polish Cultural Institute in New York,
presents


REVOLUTIONARY VOICES:
PERFORMING ARTS IN CENTRAL & EASTERN EUROPE
IN THE 1980s

exhibition

part of Performing Revolution in Central and Eastern Europe

Wednesday, November 18, 2009 - Saturday, March 20, 2010

The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts
Vincent Astor Gallery
Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center
111 Amsterdam Avenue (at 65th Street), New York, NY
Tickets: free Tel: 212.870.1630
Hours: Mon, Thu: 12-8; Tue, Wed, Fri: 11-6; Sat: 10-6

A core event of Performing Revolution in Central and Eastern Europe, a performing arts festival marking the 20th anniversary of the fall of Communism in Central and Eastern Europe, presented by The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts in partnership with key New York City cultural organizations and academic institutions, November 2009-March 2010, this exhibition examines how performances attempted to break boundaries set by the communist state's cultural politicians and censors, and focuses on theater, music, and dance events that contested the prevailing totalitarian regime and anticipated the forthcoming political and social changes. As the revolutions in most Soviet bloc countries were not the result of a violent overthrow of power, art was one of the main arenas where 'the revolutionary' started to happen.


Poland is represented with materials from the 1980s that document activities of the Theatre of the Eighth Day, Provisorium Theatre, Orange Alternative happenings, performances by Kazimierz Braun, the role of the church in alternative theatre, as well as music groups like Dezerter and Kult, and other important phenomena such as the Jarocin Festival.


Presented by the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts as part of Performing Revolution in Central and Eastern Europe, a performing arts festival marking the 20th anniversary of the fall of Communism in Central and Eastern Europe, presented by The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts in partnership with key New York City cultural organizations and academic institutions, November 2009 - March 2010. www.performingrevolution.org.


The exhibit is curated by Karen Burke, Assistant Chief, Music Division, The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, and Aniko Szucs, Ph.D. Candidate in Performance Studies at New York University. The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts gratefully acknowledges the leadership support of Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman.


Additional support for exhibitions has been provided by Judy R. and Alfred A. Rosenberg and the Miriam and Harold Steinberg Foundation. Support for this exhibition has been provided by The Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation, the Trust for Mutual Understanding, and the Polish Cultural Institute in New York.


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