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Theater
Embers
Sep 17—Sep 20, 2014
 
Embers
Sep 17—Sep 20, 2014
US Premiere
 

In this ghostly production, two actors set up behind the eyes of a massive skull, enlivening Beckett’s 1959 radio play with an eerie soundscape of ocean waves, fragmented memories, and fevered hallucination.

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Theater
Alan Smithee Directed This Play
Sep 30—Oct 4, 2014
 
Alan Smithee Directed This Play
Sep 30—Oct 4, 2014
US Premiere
 

Fragments from iconic film scripts and novels, divorced from their narrative contexts, collide in this kinetic collage from Big Dance Theater that ponders the slippery nature of creative control.

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Theater
Shakespeare's Sonnets
Oct 7—Oct 12, 2014
 
Shakespeare's Sonnets
Oct 7—Oct 12, 2014
US Premiere
 

Shakespeare’s sonnets get a surreal makeover from Robert Wilson and Rufus Wainwright, set to everything from medieval Minnesang to cabaret rock and performed by the Berliner Ensemble.

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Theater
Not I, Footfalls, Rockaby
Oct 7—Oct 12, 2014
 
Not I, Footfalls, Rockaby
Oct 7—Oct 12, 2014
US Premiere
 

Irish actor Lisa Dwan performs this breathless, harrowing triptych of one-woman plays by Beckett, directed by the author’s longtime collaborator Walter Asmus.

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Dance
Wild Grass
Oct 15—Oct 18, 2014
 
Wild Grass
Oct 15—Oct 18, 2014
US Premiere
 

Renowned for her alluring fusion of Chinese tradition with a fiercely modern sensibility, choreographer Wang Yuanyuan takes her latest inspiration from Chinese literary giant Lu Xun’s titular 1927 poetry collection.

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Dance
L.A. Dance Project
Oct 16—Oct 18, 2014
 
L.A. Dance Project
Oct 16—Oct 18, 2014
 

Benjamin Millepied’s ambitious dance collective makes its much-anticipated New York debut, performing works by William Forsythe, Justin Peck, and Millepied himself.

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Theater
Angels in America
Oct 23—Oct 25, 2014
 
Angels in America
Oct 23—Oct 25, 2014
US Premiere
 

A stack of David Bowie records, a few fluorescent lights, and a saline drip provide the minimalist backdrop to Dutch visionary Ivo van Hove’s revelatory take on Tony Kushner’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play.

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Dance
Kontakthof
Oct 23—Nov 2, 2014
 
Kontakthof
Oct 23—Nov 2, 2014
 

Marking the 30th anniversary of its New York debut at BAM, Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch returns with a seminal work by its beloved founder—a witty, sensual evocation of courtship rituals staged in a 1930s dance hall.

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Theater
Six Characters in Search of an Author
Oct 29—Nov 2, 2014
 
Six Characters in Search of an Author
Oct 29—Nov 2, 2014
NY Premiere
 

An identity crisis for the theater itself, Luigi Pirandello’s absurdist masterpiece is brought cleverly to life in this production from director Emmanuel Demarcy-Mota and Théâtre de la Ville, Paris.

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Film
Exposed: Songs for Unseen Warhol Films
Nov 6—Nov 8, 2014
 
Exposed: Songs for Unseen Warhol Films
Nov 6—Nov 8, 2014
NY Premiere
 

Fifteen never-before-seen, digitally restored Warhol shorts—curated by the Andy Warhol Museum and Dean Wareham—are presented alongside live music by Wareham, Eleanor Friedberger, Bradford Cox, and others.

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Theater
Basetrack
Nov 11—Nov 15, 2014
 
Basetrack
Nov 11—Nov 15, 2014
NY Premiere
 

This moving multimedia work offers a powerful look at our nation’s longest war, giving voice to Marines and their families through interviews from the online photojournalism project Basetrack.

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Dance
Sadeh21
Nov 12—Nov 15, 2014
 
Sadeh21
Nov 12—Nov 15, 2014
US Premiere
 

Ohad Naharin is one of the most original choreographic minds of our time—a pioneer whose dance movement language, Gaga, enables dancers to better their interpretation of Naharin's work and their dancing in general.

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Theater
Birds With Skymirrors
Nov 19—Nov 22, 2014
 
Birds With Skymirrors
Nov 19—Nov 22, 2014
US Premiere
 

New Zealand-based artist Lemi Ponifasio’s company MAU inhabits the space between ritual and theater, dance and activism, in this spellbinding appeal for human understanding of the natural world.

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Music
Black Mountain Songs
Nov 20—Nov 23, 2014
 
Black Mountain Songs
Nov 20—Nov 23, 2014
World Premiere
 

Brooklyn Youth Chorus performs this musical and visual celebration of the utopian spirit of Black Mountain College, featuring works by composers Nico Muhly, Caroline Shaw, and others.

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Music
On Behalf of Nature
Dec 3—Dec 7, 2014
 
On Behalf of Nature
Dec 3—Dec 7, 2014
NY Premiere
 

Celebrating 50 years of pioneering creative work, Meredith Monk returns to BAM with her nimble vocal ensemble to present this mesmerizing hymn to compassion inspired by the Buddhist conception of oneness.

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Music
The Etudes
Dec 5—Dec 6, 2014
 
The Etudes
Dec 5—Dec 6, 2014
 

Philip Glass is joined by nine other pianists—including Nico Muhly, Timo Andres, Jenny Lin, and Aaron Diehl—to perform the composer’s complete piano etudes, a shining embodiment of his evolving style.

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Music
The Ambassador
Dec 10—Dec 13, 2014
 
The Ambassador
Dec 10—Dec 13, 2014
NY Premiere
 

Detective fiction drunks, race riots, and natural disasters are all fodder for this personal portrait of Los Angeles from singer-songwriter Gabriel Kahane, directed by John Tiffany (Once) and commissioned by BAM.

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Music
VIJAY IYER: Music of Transformation
Dec 18—Dec 20, 2014
 
VIJAY IYER: Music of Transformation
Dec 18—Dec 20, 2014
 

The prodigiously talented pianist performs his recent suite Mutations I-X for piano, string quartet, and electronics; his score to the film Radhe Radhe: Rites of Holi; and the world premiere of a BAM commission.

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Nonesuch Records at BAM
Music
The Philip Glass Ensemble & Steve Reich and Musicians
Sep 9—Sep 11, 2014
 
The Philip Glass Ensemble & Steve Reich and Musicians
Sep 9—Sep 11, 2014
 

For the first time in over 30 years, Glass and Reich reunite on stage, joining their respective ensembles, along with Nico Muhly, Timo Andres, Synergy Vocals, and others, for a three-program retrospective.

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Music
Brad Mehldau
Tue, Sep 9, 2014
 
Brad Mehldau
Tue, Sep 9, 2014
 

With his affection for popular music and training in classical, pianist Brad Mehldau melds musical idioms with re-workings of songs by the Beatles and Cole Porter and his own original compositions. 

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Music
Chris Thile & Brad Mehldau Duo
Wed, Sep 10, 2014
 
Chris Thile & Brad Mehldau Duo
Wed, Sep 10, 2014
 

Nonesuch Records label-mates, mandolinist and singer Chris Thile and pianist Brad Mehldau, perform a repertoire of classical transcriptions, pop covers, and original songs.

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Music
Dawn Upshaw and Gilbert Kalish
Thu, Sep 11, 2014
 
Dawn Upshaw and Gilbert Kalish
Thu, Sep 11, 2014
 

The musically diverse vocalist performs works by iconoclastic American composers George Crumb and Charles Ives, with Gilbert Kalish on the piano. 

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Music
Alarm Will Sound
Sep 12—Sep 13, 2014
 
Alarm Will Sound
Sep 12—Sep 13, 2014
 

Alarm Will Sound performs two distinctive programs, featuring music by composers associated with Nonesuch.

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Music
Youssou N’Dour
Sep 12—Sep 13, 2014
 
Youssou N’Dour
Sep 12—Sep 13, 2014
 

The Senegalese singer-songwriter makes a rare stateside appearance, returning to BAM after headlining Muslim Voices: Arts & Ideas during BAM’s 2009 Spring Season. 

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Music
Rhiannon Giddens
Thu, Sep 18, 2014
 
Rhiannon Giddens
Thu, Sep 18, 2014
 

After performing with her band, the Carolina Chocolate Drops, this past Winter/Spring Season, Rhiannon Giddens returns to BAM with songs from her forthcoming Nonesuch solo album produced by T Bone Burnett.

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Music
Devendra Banhart, Stephin Merritt & Iron and Wine
Fri, Sep 19, 2014
 
Devendra Banhart, Stephin Merritt & Iron and Wine
Fri, Sep 19, 2014
 

These versatile and prolific artists perform an evening of solo sets showcasing songs from their widely acclaimed recordings on Nonesuch. 

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Music
Kronos Quartet, Merchant, Giddens, Amidon, and Chaney
Sat, Sep 20, 2014
 
Kronos Quartet, Merchant, Giddens, Amidon, and Chaney
Sat, Sep 20, 2014
 

Delving into the American and international folk songbook, Kronos Quartet teams up with four of the most celebrated roots artists in the Nonesuch family to create entirely new arrangements of classic folk songs.

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Music
Tweedy
Tue, Sep 23, 2014
 
Tweedy
Tue, Sep 23, 2014
 

Jeff Tweedy—the Grammy Award-winning singer, songwriter, and producer and founder of the pioneering Chicago rock band Wilco—performs songs from Sukierae, his debut collaboration with his son Spencer.

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Music
Landfall
Sep 23—Sep 27, 2014
 
Landfall
Sep 23—Sep 27, 2014
 

Iconic storyteller and musician Laurie Anderson and groundbreaking ensemble Kronos Quartet unite for the first time ever in this evocative meditation on transience inspired by Anderson’s experience of Hurricane Sandy.

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Music
Rokia Traoré, Toumani Diabaté, and Sidiki Diabaté
Wed, Sep 24, 2014
 
Rokia Traoré, Toumani Diabaté, and Sidiki Diabaté
Wed, Sep 24, 2014
 

Singer and multi-instrumentalist Rokia Traoré, master kora player Toumani Diabaté, and his son Sidiki Diabaté perform traditional and pop-inflected music.  

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Music
Caetano Veloso
Sep 25—Sep 26, 2014
 
Caetano Veloso
Sep 25—Sep 26, 2014
 

The beloved Brazilian singer and musician performs material from his Award–winning Nonesuch release, Abraçaço.  

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Music
Robert Plant and the Sensational Space Shifters
Sep 27—Sep 28, 2014
 
Robert Plant and the Sensational Space Shifters
Sep 27—Sep 28, 2014
 

The British singer-songwriter is joined by an eclectic band of musicians, with whom he recorded the critically acclaimed, multi-Grammy-nominated albums Dreamland and Mighty Rearranger.

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BAM Fisher Presentations
Theater
riverrun
Sep 17—Sep 20, 2014
 
riverrun
Sep 17—Sep 20, 2014
US Premiere
 

Irish actress Olwen Fouéré inhabits the voice of the River Liffey in this incandescent interpretation of the final section of James Joyce’s Finnegans Wake.

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Theater
ABACUS
Sep 24—Sep 27, 2014
 
ABACUS
Sep 24—Sep 27, 2014
NY Premiere
 

Eccentric techno-futurologist Paul Abacus looks to experience design, experimental comedy, and big data in this multimedia talking tour of our hyper-networked world to come.

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Dance
QUANTUM
Oct 2—Oct 4, 2014
 
QUANTUM
Oct 2—Oct 4, 2014
US Premiere
 

Six dancers perform an ode to subatomic randomness from Swiss choreographer Gilles Jobin and German visual artist Julius von Bismarck, developed while in residency at the particle physics lab CERN.

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Dance
Moment Marigold
Oct 8—Oct 11, 2014
 
Moment Marigold
Oct 8—Oct 11, 2014
World Premiere
 

Backed by original music by Steven Reker (People Get Ready), choreographer Jodi Melnick and two other dancers negotiate entangled knots of actions and pauses, revealing the stories held deep within our bodies.

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Theater
Brooklyn Bred 2: Clifford Owens
Thu, Oct 16, 2014
 
Brooklyn Bred 2: Clifford Owens
Thu, Oct 16, 2014
World Premiere
 

Clifford Owens deconstructs the lecture format through a talk on performance art in this edition of Brooklyn Bred, a performance art showcase curated by Franklin Furnace Archive founder and director Martha Wilson.

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Theater
Brooklyn Bred 2: Dynasty Handbag
Fri, Oct 17, 2014
 
Brooklyn Bred 2: Dynasty Handbag
Fri, Oct 17, 2014
World Premiere
 

Dynasty Handbag offers a feminist gloss on Homer’s Odyssey as part of Brooklyn Bred, a performance art showcase curated by Franklin Furnace Archive founder and director Martha Wilson.

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Theater
Brooklyn Bred 2: Pablo Helguera
Sat, Oct 18, 2014
 
Brooklyn Bred 2: Pablo Helguera
Sat, Oct 18, 2014
World Premiere
 

Pablo Helguera corresponds with audience members before his show—and asks them to trust him—as part of Brooklyn Bred, curated by Franklin Furnace Archive founder and director Martha Wilson.

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Music
The Source
Oct 22—Oct 25, 2014
 
The Source
Oct 22—Oct 25, 2014
World Premiere
 

In this music-theater work by composer Ted Hearne, four singers inhabit a fever-dream assemblage of media to explore the hysteria surrounding Chelsea (formerly Bradley) Manning.

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Theater
Salt of the Earth
Oct 28—Nov 1, 2014
 
Salt of the Earth
Oct 28—Nov 1, 2014
US Premiere
 

Live filmmaking, puppetry, and miniature sets combine in this work by Israeli-born artist Zvi Sahar and PuppetCinema, about a diminutive protagonist fleeing a military coup through a desert made of salt.

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Theater
The Object Lesson
Nov 5—Nov 8, 2014
 
The Object Lesson
Nov 5—Nov 8, 2014
NY Premiere
 

Physical theater artist Geoff Sobelle invites us into a cluttered attic-cum-performance-installation to consider his, and our, stuff.

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Dance
Oxbow
Nov 13—Nov 16, 2014
 
Oxbow
Nov 13—Nov 16, 2014
NY Premiere
 

Brooklyn-based choreographer Ivy Baldwin contemplates the inexorable forces that contain us all—space and time, geology and chronology—in this BAM-commissioned work.

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Music
Wayfinders
Nov 19—Nov 22, 2014
 
Wayfinders
Nov 19—Nov 22, 2014
NY Premiere
 

Musician and composer Holcombe Waller, backed by a chamber ensemble, muses over ancient ocean voyages and GPS devices in this mesmerizing meditation on physical and spiritual wayfinding.

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Dance
The Wanderer
Dec 3—Dec 6, 2014
 
The Wanderer
Dec 3—Dec 6, 2014
World Premiere
 

Franz Schubert’s song cycle Die schöne Müllerin provides the musical and narrative backdrop of this story ballet by choreographer Jessica Lang.

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Theater
Howie the Rookie
Dec 10—Dec 14, 2014
 
Howie the Rookie
Dec 10—Dec 14, 2014
 

Tom Vaughan-Lawlor gives a visceral performance in Mark O’Rowe’s 1999 play chronicling the cat-and-mouse travails of the Howie Lee and the Rookie Lee through a down-and-out Dublin.

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Talks
Talks
Beckett at BAM: A Look into the BAM Hamm Archives
Thu, Sep 18, 2014
 
Beckett at BAM: A Look into the BAM Hamm Archives
Thu, Sep 18, 2014
 

Theater critic Jonathan Kalb, author of Beckett in Performance, discusses the history of Beckett at BAM with BAM Hamm Archives director Sharon Lehner.

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Talks
On Truth (and Lies) in Joyce
Fri, Sep 19, 2014
 
On Truth (and Lies) in Joyce
Fri, Sep 19, 2014
 

Acclaimed Irish theater artist Olwen Fouéré joins philosopher Simon Critchley to discuss the lasting influence of James Joyce and her production of riverrun, adapted from Finnegans Wake.

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Talks
Robert Wilson and Rufus Wainwright
Wed, Oct 8, 2014
 
Robert Wilson and Rufus Wainwright
Wed, Oct 8, 2014
 

Iconic director Robert Wilson and celebrated composer Rufus Wainwright discuss their collaboration on Shakespeare’s Sonnets and the process of bringing 25 of the Bard’s poems to the stage.

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Talks
Benjamin Millepied
Wed, Oct 15, 2014
 
Benjamin Millepied
Wed, Oct 15, 2014
 

Choreographer Benjamin Millepied talks to dance critic Deborah Jowitt about his newly founded artist collective, L.A. Dance Project, on the occasion of its New York debut at BAM.

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Talks
Ivo van Hove and Tony Kushner
Wed, Oct 22, 2014
 
Ivo van Hove and Tony Kushner
Wed, Oct 22, 2014
 

Visionary director Ivo van Hove and Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Tony Kushner discuss this season’s marathon production of Angels in America, Kushner’s epic 1991 examination of the AIDS crisis.

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Talks
On Truth (and Lies) in Authorship
Thu, Oct 30, 2014
 
On Truth (and Lies) in Authorship
Thu, Oct 30, 2014
 

Director Emmanuel Demarcy-Mota joins philosopher Simon Critchley to explore the function of authorship in theater, from Greek drama to the absurdist works of Beckett and Pirandello.

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Talks
On Truth (and Lies) in Homecoming
Sun, Nov 9, 2014
 
On Truth (and Lies) in Homecoming
Sun, Nov 9, 2014
 

Simon Critchley explores the notion of nostos, the Greek word for homecoming, to better understand the psychological truths faced by servicemen and women returning from war today.

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Talks
Town Hall with Bryan Doerries
Thu, Nov 13, 2014
 
Town Hall with Bryan Doerries
Thu, Nov 13, 2014
 

Bryan Doerries, founder of Theater of War—a project that presents readings of ancient Greek plays to military and civilian communities—leads a discussion following this performance of Basetrack.

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Talks
Iconic Artist Talk: Ohad Naharin
Fri, Nov 14, 2014
 
Iconic Artist Talk: Ohad Naharin
Fri, Nov 14, 2014
 

Ohad Naharin, the artistic director of Batsheva Dance Company, reflects on his company’s history at BAM, from its first appearance in 2002 with Naharin’s Virus to this season’s production of Sadeh21.

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Master Classes
Classes
Big Dance Theater
Mon, Sep 22, 2014
 
Big Dance Theater
Mon, Sep 22, 2014
 

In this class led by Big Dance Theater co-artistic director Paul Lazar, participants pair simple dance movements with various texts and pieces of music.

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Classes
Jodi Melnick
Mon, Sep 29, 2014
 
Jodi Melnick
Mon, Sep 29, 2014
 

Choregrapher Jodi Melnick leads this class for dancers and choreographers that hones a sharp eye for movement detail through manipulation of set and improvised material.

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Classes
L.A. Dance Project
Tue, Oct 14, 2014
 
L.A. Dance Project
Tue, Oct 14, 2014
 

L.A. Dance Project ballet master Sébastien Marcovici leads this class informed by the Balanchine style of neoclassical ballet, emphasizing musicality, efficiency, and precision.

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Classes
Beijing Dance Theater
Sat, Oct 18, 2014
 
Beijing Dance Theater
Sat, Oct 18, 2014
 

Company artistic director Wang Yuanyuan leads this class in choreography and creative body movement for dancers with contemporary or traditional ballet training.

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Classes
Batsheva Dance Company
Fri, Nov 14, 2014
 
Batsheva Dance Company
Fri, Nov 14, 2014
 

Company dancer Bobbi Smith teaches Gaga, Ohad Naharin’s signature movement language, as well as sections from Batsheva’s repertory.

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Classes
Jessica Lang Dance
Thu, Dec 4, 2014
 
Jessica Lang Dance
Thu, Dec 4, 2014
 

A class and Q&A with choreographer Jessica Lang and dancers that teaches the basic techniques of her diverse repertory and creative curriculum, LANGuage.

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