May 6, 2015

Before and After

Post-World War II tensions instigated the Cold War rivalry between the United States and the Soviet Union that lasted for much of the second half of the 20th century.  These tensions resulted in mutual suspicions, heightened tensions and a series of international incidents that brought the world’s superpowers, and the world, to the brink of disaster.

In August of 1961, the Communist government of the German Democratic Republic (East Germany) started constructing a barbed wire and concrete “Antifascistischer Schutzwall,” between East and West Berlin. The purpose of the Wall was to keep Western “fascists” from entering East Germany and undermining the socialist state, but it primarily served the objective of stemming mass defections from East to West. The Berlin Wall stood until November 9, 1989, when the head of the East German Communist Party announced that citizens of the East Berlin could cross the border freely. Still today, the Berlin Wall remains one of the most powerful and enduring symbols of the Cold War.

A panel of experts, several of whom grew up in eastern Europe during this time, discussed the impact and social issues relating to the end of the Cold War and the fall of the Berlin Wall.  

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Before/After

Reading of a new play by John Feffer

Part of the European Month of Culture
Supported by the Delegation of the European Union to the United States
90 minutes

Before/After is a multimedia portrait of the transformation of East-Central Europe told by the people who made it happen. Through words, pictures, video, and music, it tells the story of the people who chipped away at the Iron Curtain, tore down the Berlin Wall in 1989, and tried to realize their hopes and dreams in the decades that followed. Drawn from interviews with people from the region, the reading will be performed by 12 actors. It is directed by Natalia Gleason.

Before

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After

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Meet the Cast

 

Performers: Ashley Amidon, Michael Crowley, Judit Csonka, Karen Elle, John Feffer, Stuart Fischer, Mario Font, Tony Hacsi, Don Hensley, Joseph Mariano, Matt Neufeld, Karin Rosnizeck, Scott Sedar, Carol Spring

Feature in video: Gordon Adams, Zach Brewster-Geisz, Sean Coe, Sandy Irving, Doug Krehbel, Emily Morrison, Gabriela Pohl, Michael Sigler, Vanessa Terzaghi


Theodore Christov

Theodore Christov

John Feffer

John Feffer

Natalia Gleason

Natalia Gleason

Hope Harrison

Hope Harrison

Maciej Pisarski

Maciej Pisarski

Robert Rehák

Robert Rehák

András Simonyi

András Simonyi

The Independent Illustration Exhibition

Art Display

The Independent Biennial, established in Ljubljana, Slovenia in 2007, is a Creative platform that supports direct authorship, horizontal selection and the non-censorship of creative work. In May 2015, as a part of the fifth Biennale of Independent Illustration , a selection of authors will present their artworks throughout the Washington D.C. area including the NYU's lobby.

The Biennale of Independent Illustration is a tribute to the all authors that, despite difficult conditions in cultural and visual practices, are always driven forward by the passion, innovation and independent creative freedom that is the foundation to creativity and life. For more information, click here.