The third season programmed by concerts and lectures general manager Limor Tomer will include a residency by the Civilians, marking the first time the Met Museum hosts a theatre company in residence; a residency by the Attacca Quartet; and the U.S. premiere of La Celestina by Opera Erratica.
The season will also include performances by Salif Keita, Judy Collins, Rosanne Cash and Cécile McLorin Salvant as well as "Mali Now: A Look at Contemporary Malian Music, Culture and Politics," which will include five events, two concerts, and three talks that offer a rare in-depth look at post-millennial Mali.
"Theater is about storytelling and meaning-making, and both are vital aspects of the Metropolitan Museum; yet we've never had a theater troupe here. The Civilians' documentary approach to making work is uniquely suited to teasing out the narratives that are embedded within the Met's galleries and collections," Tomer said in a statement. "I look forward to discovering what The Civilians will do with this opportunity to take a deep dive into the Met's collections as well as into the minds of our dazzling curators."
"Met Museum Presents shines a brilliant light on what the Met should always be: relevant, inspiring, ground-breaking, deeply rooted in our collection, but ambitiously breaking from tradition," director and CEO Thomas P. Campbell added. "As I've watched Limor's innovation at work, I've enjoyed seeing a whole new dimension to our galleries exposed."