BAM Affiliation Before his death in 2007, there was a long standing relationship between Ingmar Bergman, the Royal Dramatic Theatre of Sweden (DRAMATEN), and the Brooklyn Academy of Music, beginning in 1988 with Bergman’s Hamlet. In 1991 The Royal Dramatic Theatre of Sweden returned to BAM presenting three plays in an expanded Bergman on Stage series, which included August Strinberg’s Miss Julie, Eugene O’Neill’s Long Day’s Journey into Night, and Henrik Ibsen’s A Doll’s House. The New York Times wrote that Bergman at BAM was “the most memorable theatrical event of the New York International Festival of the Arts—and of the theater season.” The Bergman Festival of 1995 was a citywide event produced by BAM, with Karen Brooks Hopkins acting as Executive Producer. With over 350 events between May through September, the Bergman Festival presented film screenings, live performances, exhibitions, lectures, symposia and informal discussions with leading scholars, artists, film and stage masters from Sweden and the U.S. Among the highlights of the Bergman Festival were BAM’s presentation of the Royal Dramatic Theatre of Sweden in their Bergman-directed productions of The Winter’s Tale and Madame de Sade, and a Royal Gala benefit with Majesties King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia of Sweden as guests of honor. For almost twenty years BAM presented all of Bergman's United States stage premieres, including Peer Gynt and Madame de Sade in 1993, The Image Makers in 1999, Ghost Sonata in 2001, Maria Stuart in 2002 and Ghosts in 2003.
Works performed at BAM Cries and Whispers