The 2020 Prelude Festival, Sites of Revolution, explores the many ways in which revolutions are taking place today. The COVID-19 pandemic has upended nearly every aspect of life while at the same time there has been a rise in protests challenging centuries-old white supremacy, white fragility and settler colonialism. In response to the rise of revolution and the changing of daily life, artists have adapted their work in innovative ways, redrawing the boundaries of their art forms and rethinking previously fundamental concepts such as “theatre,” “performance,” “live,” and “time-based.”
Prelude 2020, running October 20 to 30, will bring together artists, critics, activists, and producers from New York City and beyond to analyze how revolution has upended the world of art and creation. The festival will feature a wide array of new multimedia works, as well as a series of panels and other events that put artistic practice in conversation with critical discourse.
Since 2003, the annual Prelude Festival has given audiences a first look at new work and ideas by groundbreaking theatre and performance artists based in New York City, and this year’s installment continues that tradition.
October 20 - 30, 2020