As part of the American Academy's public program, each week we offer public lectures, concerts, screenings, or readings by Academy fellows, distinguished visitors, and special guests. Most evening lectures take place at the Hans Arnhold Center, but the Academy also partners with a handful of institutions in Berlin for special events, including Radialsytem V, JFK Institut, Kino Babylon, Hertie School of Governance, European School of Management and Technology (ESMT), and Allianz Forum.

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Next Event

Saturday, April 25, 2015, 08:00 pm | Arts and Culture

Port Bou

Port Bou is an opera by Elliott Sharp about the final moments of philosopher Walter Benjamin’s life in Port-Bou at the French-Spanish border as he flees Nazi-occupied France. It features bass/baritone Nicholas Isherwood, accordionist William Schimmel, pianist Jenny Lin, and pre-recorded electro-acoustic backgrounds by Sharp. Video projections by Janene Higgins provide the set and staging, as well as subtext and commentary. From his studies of Benjamin's texts and letters, Sharp has created a dramatic interpretation of Benjamin's internal reality on his last day, drawing reference to the hugely influential author’s key works including The Work Of Art In The Age of Mechanical Reproduction, The Task of the Translator, and The Arcades Project.

View the trailer here!

Location: Konzerthaus Berlin, Gendarmenmarkt, 10117 Berlin

Tickets (15€):; or by phone: + 49 30 20 30 9 2101