BAM’s signature fall festival returns for its 31st season, presenting a dynamic lineup of work by emerging artists and innovative modern masters. The 2013 Next Wave Festival showcases the very best in contemporary performance, plus artist talks, storytelling, visual art, and film.
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Robert Lepage directs and performs in this visually stunning tale of love in Shanghai.
Writer Ain Gordon explores history lived versus history told in rural America.
Acrobats dangle and tumble in this inventive work from Swiss duo Zimmermann & de Perrot.
Polish theater troupe TR Warszawa delivers a new take on the vampire legend.
Thomas Ostermeier returns to BAM with Ibsen’s dark satire of democracy gone wrong.
Theater, music, and sculpture combine in this humorous account of man’s fall from grace.
Personal dramas intertwine amid the climate crisis in this exquisite theatrical reverie.
Actors interact with projected imagery in this sophisticated take on a classic fairy tale.
Actress Frances McDormand embodies artist Suzanne Bocanegra in this creative self-portrait.
Fiona Shaw performs Samuel Taylor Coleridge's eerie tale of penance paid on the high seas.
A sophisticated algorithm slices and dices Hamlet in this daring work by Annie Dorsen.
Bill T. Jones and Anne Bogart offer a dance-theater celebration of The Rite of Spring.
The Forsythe Company translates Elizabethan tragedy into a world of beguiling movement.
Doug Varone Dancers and a guest company celebrate their homecoming.
David Dorfman Dance explores the messiness of daily life to the raw rock sounds of Smoke.
The influential choreographer Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker presents two ravishing works.
Choreographer Brian Brooks uses rapid-fire partnering to test the limits of time and space.
Choreographer John Heginbotham presents a whimsical new work inspired by Picabia and Satie.
Choreographer Kate Weare explores sexual fantasy as a metaphor for creative expression.
Choreographer Angelin Preljocaj, DJ Laurent Garnier, and others dive into the apocalypse.
Israeli-born choreographer Hofesh Shechter presents the US premiere of a new work.
Choreographer Susan Marshall deconstructs the high-gloss aesthetic of music videos.
The Moses story is the focus of this evening-length work by choreographer Reggie Wilson.
Choreographer Tere O’Connor collapses three works into a single hybrid creation.
A table becomes an unlikely musical instrument in this work by Polish ensemble Karbido.
Filmmaker Jem Cohen and a supergroup of musicians pay tribute to Nova Scotia’s Cape Breton.
String quartet ETHEL brings new life to an EPA photography project from the 1970s.
Grammy-nominated guitarist and songwriter Gary Lucas conjures 1940s and 40s China.
Composer Fred Ho, and his Green Monster Big Band celebrate the great Muhammad Ali.
The inventions of Rube Goldberg come to life in Andy Biskin's work of animation and music.
Drummer Questlove and friends deliver an all-star mash-up celebration of electronic music.
The art-song recital enters the 21st century in this ambitious weekend of new music.
Composer Mark-Anthony Turnage and librettist Richard Thomas immortalize Anna Nicole Smith.
Japanese manga, Noh theater, and choral music comprise this panoramic meditation on war.
The creators of the new opera about the life of Anna Nicole Smith discuss their inspiration.
The celebrated director reflects on his vast and varied career at BAM.
Sharon Lehner and Simon Morrison take a look at the history of The Rite of Spring at BAM.
William Forsythe and Jennifer Homans trace the history of contemporary dance.
The enormously influential choreographer examines her history at BAM with Anna Kisselgoff.
Duncan Wall offers a survey of circus and discusses the diversity of the art form today.
New Yorker staff writer Joan Acocella gives context to this season’s Nosferatu.
Director Thomas Ostermeier and philosopher Simon Critchley debate Athenian democracy.
Artist Alexandre Singh and philosopher Simon Critchley discuss Greek comedy.
Director David Farr discusses the central theme of his latest work, Water.
Richard Holmes provides deep insight into the life and works of Samuel Taylor Coleridge.
A unique workshop for opera and musical writers in conjunction with Anna Nicole.
A workshop investigation into process and improvisation, led by company dancers.
A unique workshop on creating character through movement improvisation.
Composer Julian Wachner and baritone Christopher Burchett lead this class on art song.
Composers get a rare glimpse into the composition process in this collaborative workshop.
John Heginbotham leads this all-levels workshop in his company’s repertory techniques.
Dancers hone performance technique through phrases from the company’s new work, Dark Lark.
An in-depth exploration of Hofesh Shechter’s creative process, led by the artist himself.
Experienced dancers learn this company’s improvisatory and partnering techniques.
Dancers explore the creative structures used to generate the collaborative piece, A Rite.
Dancers personalize choreography from And then, one thousand years of peace.