Professor Lepecki on NYU Skirball Panel

Monday, Mar 2, 2020

An artist with a censorship bar

Courtesy of NYU Skirball

Performance Studies Professor and Chairperson André Lepecki will participate in a panel disucssion at NYU Skirball on March 8, 2020. 

Join NYU Skirball for a panel discussion on artists at risk, & a marathon reading of Franz Kafka’s The Trial. 

These events are in response to the cancellation of Polish director Krystian Lupa’s adaptation of The Trial, which was scheduled to perform at NYU Skirball on March 7 & 8, 2020. In December 2019, the Polish Cultural Ministry withdrew promised financial support for the production and its 46-person company, making it impossible to travel to New York as planned. As Mr. Lupa states: “The declaration… is clear: Artists who do not sympathize with the current leadership’s cultural policy, who criticize its values, decisions and actions will be treated as enemies of Poland and will not be supported by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage in any form.” Read more about the production, our press release on its cancellation, and the full statement from Mr. Lupa.

NYU Skirball joins with The Public Theater, New York Theatre Workshop, PEN America, CUNY’s Segal Center and the Drama, Theatre and Performance Studies Working Group at NYU to present this special all-day event – in defiance of attempts to silence these artists, and in protest of political corruption, government censorship, and social malevolence.