This year, the glittering event goes virtual, including a digital dance floor, online art auction and a performance by St. Vincent.
BAM Virtual Gala 2020 honor actress Cate Blanchett, author Zadie Smith and philanthropist and producer Jeanne Donovan Fisher.
It’s FREE to attend virtually, but since this is a fund-raiser help ensure BAM’s place as Brooklyn’s leading home for adventurous artists, audiences, and ideas, donations are encouraged.
10% of donations made during the gala will go to The Brooklyn Hospital Center, which is playing a crucial role saving lives of patients suffering from Covid-19.
Additional performances by:
Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater
Brooklyn Youth Chorus
Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch’s Julie Anne Stanzak
St. Vincent (exclusive performance only available during the event)
DJ Eli Escobar
Artistic direction by Maureen Towey
Details about honorees:
The iconic Cate Blanchett has appeared on BAM’s stage in the title role of Hedda Gabler (2006) and as a masterful and critically acclaimed Blanche in Liv Ullmann’s production of A Streetcar Named Desire (2009).
Novelist, essayist, and short story author Zadie Smith appeared at BAM in 2007 and 2016 as part of the Eat, Drink, & Be Literary series, and was part of BAM’s Unbound book-launch series in 2014.
Trustee Jeanne Donovan Fisher has served on BAM’s board since 2006. In addition to serving on BAM’s film committee, she was a devoted supporter and champion for the construction of the BAM Fisher, which opened in 2012.
Details about tribute performances:
In honor of Cate Blanchett: Tanztheater Wuppertal has offered a solo to be danced by company member Julie Anne Stanzak filmed by French filmmaker Nathalie Larquet
In honor of Jeanne Donovan Fisher: GRAMMY Award-winning ensemble Brooklyn Youth Chorus, under the direction of Founder and Artistic Director Dianne Berkun Menaker, will perform a Philip Glass composition.
In honor of Zadie Smith: Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater company members will pay tribute with an original, short performance film.
The BAM Virtual Gala 2020 is 8pm on Wednesday, May 13. Set your alarm, or RSVP to get a reminder to tune in.
The celebration continues with an exclusive livestream performance by St. Vincent (only available during the event), a digital dance floor courtesy of DJ Eli Escobar, and the kickoff of our online BAM Art Auction. RSVP now to receive a reminder on the day of the event.
This annual event, benefitting the Met’s Costume Institute, was to have been held on May 4th, and been postponed until fall.
Console yorself with this video on the history of the event.