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Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Iconic Artist Talk: Declan Donnellan

On Wednesday, December 7, co-founder and joint artistic director of Cheek by Jowl Declan Donnellan joined Shakespeare scholar and Columbia professor James Shapiro for a conversation that reflected on Donnellan’s more than 20-year history at BAM. This talk was part of BAM’s Iconic Artist Talk series, which started during BAM’s 150th Anniversary celebrations. The series uses archival footage and images from the BAM Hamm Archives as a jumping off point for discussion, allowing audiences insight into the range of an artist’s work and relationship with BAM. Donnellan, who joins Peter Brook, Bill T. Jones, Laurie Anderson, and others in the rank of BAM Iconic Artists, made his BAM debut in 1994 with his direction of As You Like It. Since then, he has returned with six Shakespeare works, including last season’s The Winter’s Tale, among other seminal theater productions. In this dynamic conversation, Donnellan and Shapiro provided insight into six of Cheek by Jowl’s iconic productions—As You Like It (1994), Much Ado About Nothing (1998), Othello (2004), Cymbeline (2007), Macbeth (2011), and ’Tis Pity She’s a Whore (2012)—and reflected on some of the fundamental truths of directing, theater, and human experience in the process.

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