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Monday, October 8, 2018

In Context: Place

In Place, composer Ted Hearne, poet Saul Williams, and director Patricia McGregor consider the difference between space and place, from manifest destiny to modern appropriation, in this rich mix of music, memoir, and mapmaking. Context is everything, so get even closer to the production with this curated selection of related articles and videos. After you've attended the show, let us know what you thought by posting in the comments below and on social media using #BAMNextWave and @BAM_Brooklyn.

Program Notes

Place (PDF)


Who belongs where? (BAM Blog)
Director Patricia McGregor asks you (yes, you): Has gentrification been a protagonist or antagonist in your life? Why and how?

Performing Place (BAMblog)
Singers Josephine Lee and Stephen Bradshaw share their experience working on this brand new-work

This Is What Gentrification in Brooklyn Sounds Like (The New York Times)
“Place obliquely yet obsessively mulls gentrification; displacement; the powers and limitations of white male privilege; and the intersection of shifts in communities and families…”

A look back at BAM’s iconic Next Wave Festival (
BAM: The Next Wave Festival celebrates 35 years of innovative, boundary-pushing performing arts

Watch & Listen

Interview with Ted Hearne, Saul Williams, and Patricia McGregor (YouTube)
The creators of PLACE discuss the issues at the heart of their new work.

Listen to excerpts from Place (Soundcloud)

Now your turn...

What did you think? Tell us what's on your mind in the comments below and on social media using #BAMNextWave.

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  1. Great voices and at some points great music, but in general too pedagogical and not a nice production at all.

  2. What do you mean by "nice" production? Do you mean it felt "mean"? I'm wondering if something "not feeling nice" mean that perhaps it just made you uncomfortable as an audience member, which is perhaps the intent of the creator?

    Or, do you mean that the production quality was not "nice", which, again, I wonder what your definition of this word is, and wonder if you have considered if this may have been intentional by the creator, considering the subject matter. And, also, if maybe something being "not nice" just means that it wasn't as easily accessible through your lens of seeing, which is developed through your own lived experience and what you know.

    Oftentimes things that we deem as "too pedagogical" are simply things that we do not want to hear. We do not want to be taught how other people experience an event if it challenges our own experience. This is painful, the experience of being told that your understanding of reality is wrong because of what someone else desires/feels. This is an experience that POCs, non-binary, and any other person that does not fit into the Western/normative understanding of human experience has on a daily basis.

    Perhaps gentrification and systemic racism could be discussed in a deeper and more analytical way if the people on the other side of the conversation would first admit to its existence in the first place.