Stretching from Brooklyn's waterfront to the Upper West Side of Manhattan, the Onassis Cultural Center New York's spring festival spans New York City in search of birds, both allegorical and real. The festival's centerpiece is an adaptation of Aristophanes’ classic comedy, The Birds, first performed in Athens in 414 BC.
WATCH ANIMATION: The Birds by Aristophanes, by Beetroot Design Group, Athens
Following its sold-out world premiere at the Ancient Theater of Epidaurus and in Athens, this vibrant re-staging of Aristophanes’ ancient comedy travels to New York City for its American debut.
Director Nikos Karathanos’ retelling is both true to Aristophanes’ original and creatively adapted to reflect on contemporary concerns. The production at St. Ann’s Warehouse is the foundation of a broader festival of events at prominent cultural venues in New York City that will explore and celebrate themes emanating from The Birds.
Below is a quick snapshot of festival venues with links to corresponding events:
American Museum of Natural History - April 22
Piano concerts, family programs, and a philosophical bird walk
Brooklyn Museum - April 25, May 19, May 23, May 24-July 8, June 16
Political satire discussion, exhibition opening lecture, David Levine: Some of the People, All of the Time, Birdheart animated theater, and family day
New York Public Library - May 1
LIVE from the NYPL with Rachel Kushner and Paul Schrader: Prison Complex
Brooklyn Bridge Park - May 5
Bird walks with American Museum of Natural History ornithologist Paul Sweet
Stella Adler Studio of Acting - May 7 (Not open to the public)
The Birds cast members visit Riker's Island inmates and perform songs from the play
New-York Historical Society - May 12
Meet the Fledglings family program
Metrograph - May 18-20
Four films, three days, many birds
SCROLL DOWN TO NEXT SECTIONS for a full schedule of events, participants, and multimedia.
Birds: A Festival Inspired by Aristophanes is produced by the Onassis Cultural Center New York.
Festival Curator: Violaine Huisman
Associate Curator of Visual Arts: Mari Spirito
Curatorial Assistant: Tamar MacKay