The 2015 Next Wave Festival is art for right now—32 shows that blur boundaries, raise big ideas, and take risks—all in the name of the new. Take apart. Get lost. Explore.


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Theater
Theater
Antigone
Sep 24—Oct 4, 2015
 
Theater
US Premiere
 
Antigone
Sep 24—Oct 4, 2015

Juliette Binoche and director Ivo van Hove collaborate in this taut version of Sophokles’ tragedy, set against vast video landscapes and featuring a new colloquial translation by poet Anne Carson.


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Theater
17 Border Crossings
Sep 30—Oct 3, 2015
 
17 Border Crossings
Sep 30—Oct 3, 2015
NY Premiere
 

Director, designer, and raconteur Thaddeus Phillips employs a chair, table, and light bar to explore our fragile right of passage in this storytelling trip around the world.

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Theater
texts&beheadings/ ElizabethR
Oct 21—Oct 24, 2015
 
texts&beheadings/ ElizabethR
Oct 21—Oct 24, 2015
NY Premiere
 

Visionary director Karin Coonrod, theater collective Compagnia de’ Colombari, and designer John Conklin use the writings of Queen Elizabeth I to capture the rhetorical panache and elusive essence of an icon.

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Theater
The Exalted
Oct 28—Oct 31, 2015
 
The Exalted
Oct 28—Oct 31, 2015
NY Premiere
 

Poet and performer Carl Hancock Rux and singer Theo Bleckmann explore the life of German-Jewish art historian Carl Einstein alongside tales of genocide and genealogy in this magnetic evening of storytelling.

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Theater
Helen Lawrence
Oct 14—Oct 17, 2015
 
Theater
US Premiere
 
Helen Lawrence
Oct 14—Oct 17, 2015

Celebrated visual artist Stan Douglas and screenwriter Chris Haddock take film noir to high-tech heights, inserting actors via blue screen into a two-toned cinema landscape of seedy hotels and skid-row streets.


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Theater
Savannah Bay
Nov 11—Nov 14, 2015
 
Savannah Bay
Nov 11—Nov 14, 2015
NY Premiere
 

Paris’ Théâtre de l'Atelier stages revered French writer Marguerite Duras’ mesmerizing two-character drama about the bond formed by two people in the space left by forgetting.

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Theater
Alas, The Nymphs
Dec 9—Dec 12, 2015
 
Alas, The Nymphs
Dec 9—Dec 12, 2015
World Premiere
 

Theatrical auteur John Jahnke and New York-based company Hotel Savant transform the ancient Greek myth of Hylas into a bacchic parade of fragmented poetry, psychosexual intrigue, and dance-theater.

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Theater
Sancho: An Act of Remembrance
Dec 16—Dec 20, 2015
 
Sancho: An Act of Remembrance
Dec 16—Dec 20, 2015
NY Premiere
 

Celebrated Royal Shakespeare Company actor Paterson Joseph inhabits the curious, daringly determined life of Charles “Sancho” Ignatius—the first British African to cast a vote—in this revealing one-man show.

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Dance
Dance
Rice
Sep 16—Sep 19, 2015
 
Dance
US Premiere
 
Rice
Sep 16—Sep 19, 2015

Taiwan’s Cloud Gate Dance Theatre performs a lyrical tribute to the island’s essential crop, combining modern dance, ballet, martial arts, and qigong against a backdrop of pastoral video and Taiwanese folk song.


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Dance
TAPE
Sep 23—Sep 26, 2015
 
TAPE
Sep 23—Sep 26, 2015
US Premiere
 

Finnish choreographer Kenneth Kvarnström uses duct tape to set the terms in this baroque playground of dance, music, and monologue, featuring live lute, theorbo, and guitar and costumes by Astrid Olsson.

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Dance
Dream’d in a Dream
Oct 7—Oct 10, 2015
 
Dream’d in a Dream
Oct 7—Oct 10, 2015
NY Premiere
 

Seán Curran Company and the electrifying Kyrgyz folk music ensemble Ustatshakirt Plus pit new dance with ancient music in this Walt Whitman-inspired collaboration.

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Dance
Hagoromo
Nov 5—Nov 8, 2015
 
Hagoromo
Nov 5—Nov 8, 2015
World Premiere
 

Dance icons Wendy Whelan and Jock Soto perform this inspired reimagining of a Japanese Noh theater classic, featuring singers, puppetry, and costumes by Belgian fashion icon Dries Van Noten.

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Dance
Umusuna: Memories Before History
Oct 28—Oct 31, 2015
 
Dance
NY Premiere
 
Umusuna: Memories Before History
Oct 28—Oct 31, 2015

The inimitable Japanese dance troupe Sankai Juku, exemplifying the Butoh tradition, returns to BAM for the first time in nearly a decade, navigating a sand-dusted stage in search of our original elemental bonds.


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Dance
Beyond Time
Nov 19—Nov 21, 2015
 
Beyond Time
Nov 19—Nov 21, 2015
US Premiere
 

Taiwan’s U-Theatre skirts material limits in this multi-dimensional foray into temporal transcendence, mixing martial arts, contemporary dance, and thunderous taiko drumming with 4D imaging technology.

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Dance
The Hard Nut
Dec 12—Dec 20, 2015
 
Dance
 
The Hard Nut
Dec 12—Dec 20, 2015

Mark Morris Dance Group’s beloved retro-modern reimagining of The Nutcracker—based on the comic book art of Charles Burns and E.T.A. Hoffmann’s original story—comes home to BAM for the holidays.


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Dance
Yimbégré
Dec 2—Dec 5, 2015
 
Yimbégré
Dec 2—Dec 5, 2015
World Premiere
 

Dancer Souleymane “Solo” Badolo, together with Burkinabé musician Tim Winsey, explores the delicate balance between maintaining familial roots and seeking new homes in the name of freedom.

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Dance
Continu
Dec 4—Dec 5, 2015
 
Continu
Dec 4—Dec 5, 2015
US Premiere
 

German dance-theater savant Sasha Waltz creates a maelstrom of torqued torsos and writhing limbs in this work, set to the dissonant ecstasy of Edgard Varèse’s Arcana and works by Xenakis, Vivier, and Mozart.

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Dance
Walking with ‘Trane
Dec 9—Dec 12, 2015
 
Walking with ‘Trane
Dec 9—Dec 12, 2015
NY Premiere
 

Choreographer Jawole Willa Jo Zollar and Urban Bush Women find inspiration in John Coltrane’s 1965 album A Love Supreme, creating a choreographic riff in three chapters set to a Coltrane-inspired score.

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Music
Music
Nufonia Must Fall
Sep 17—Sep 20, 2015
 
Music
US Premiere
 
Nufonia Must Fall
Sep 17—Sep 20, 2015

DJ Kid Koala and production designer K.K. Barrett combine puppetry, live filmmaking, and music in this bold adaptation of the turntablist’s tender 2003 graphic novel about the romantic travails of a tone-deaf robot.


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Music
COLLAPSE
Sep 17—Sep 19, 2015
 
COLLAPSE
Sep 17—Sep 19, 2015
NY Premiere
 

LA-based band Timur and the Dime Museum performs a glam-rock requiem for the natural world, mixing lavish costumes, arch theatrical flair, trenchant commentary, and video into a perverse postmodern mass.

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Music
All Vows
Oct 14—Oct 17, 2015
 
All Vows
Oct 14—Oct 17, 2015
NY Premiere
 

Cellist Maya Beiser pairs with bassist Jherek Bischoff, filmmaker Bill Morrison, and others in this convention-flouting survey of her musical personality, featuring music by Nirvana, Michael Gordon, Glenn Kotche, and more.

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Music
Real Enemies
Nov 18—Nov 22, 2015
 
Real Enemies
Nov 18—Nov 22, 2015
World Premiere
 

Bandleader and composer Darcy James Argue’s 18-piece big band Secret Society, filmmaker Peter Nigrini, and others give paranoia the probe in this investigation of American’s fascination with conspiracy theories.

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Music
Steel Hammer
Dec 2—Dec 6, 2015
 
Music
NY Premiere
 
Steel Hammer
Dec 2—Dec 6, 2015

Composer Julia Wolfe deconstructs the ballad of John Henry in this staged incarnation of her 2010 Pulitzer Prize-nominated work, created with Anne Bogart, SITI Company, and the Bang on a Can All-Stars.


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Music
Reconfiguration: An Evening with Other Lives
Oct 9—Oct 10, 2015
 
Reconfiguration: An Evening with Other Lives
Oct 9—Oct 10, 2015
World Premiere
 

Portland-based indie band Other Lives performs live in this collaboration with Steppenwolf Theatre Company co-founder Terry Kinney, who uses video and projections to enliven the band’s cinematic sound.

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Music
Epiphany: A Cycle of Life
Nov 4—Nov 7, 2015
 
Epiphany: A Cycle of Life
Nov 4—Nov 7, 2015
World Premiere
 

The audience navigates a maze of video tunnels in this exuberant ode to life, featuring music by Paola Prestini, Netsayi, and Sarah Kirkland Snider, performances by Young People’s Chorus of New York City, and more.

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Opera
Opera
Refuse the Hour
Oct 22—Oct 25, 2015
 
Refuse the Hour
Oct 22—Oct 25, 2015
US Premiere
 

South African artist William Kentridge offers a phantasmagoric investigation of time in this multimedia chamber opera, with music by Philip Miller, video by Catherine Meyburgh, and dramaturgy by Peter Galison.

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Opera
YOU US WE ALL
Nov 11—Nov 14, 2015
 
YOU US WE ALL
Nov 11—Nov 14, 2015
US Premiere
 

Buttoned-up Baroque idealism meets Beyoncé and Stoli in this postmodern pop opera from Shara Worden and Andrew Ondrejcak, featuring the Belgian period instrument ensemble Baroque Orchestration X.

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Performance Art
Performance Art
New Society
Oct 7—Oct 10, 2015
 
New Society
Oct 7—Oct 10, 2015
NY Premiere
 

Award-winning writer, filmmaker, and artist Miranda July risks all in a unique experiment in collaboration and utopia, testing the limits of what is possible with two hours and a room full of strangers.

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Performance Art
More up a Tree
Nov 19—Nov 21, 2015
 
More up a Tree
Nov 19—Nov 21, 2015
US Premiere
 

Drummer Jim White and dancer Claudia de Serpa Soares attempt to create something resembling melody using movement, rhythm, and light in this work, co-created by artist Eve Sussman and co-presented by Performa 15.

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Physical Theater
Physical Theater
Tabac Rouge
Sep 30—Oct 4, 2015
 
Physical Theater
US Premiere
 
Tabac Rouge
Sep 30—Oct 4, 2015

Physical theater virtuoso James Thierrée is a limber-limbed despot lording over a cockeyed band of subordinates in this smoke-and-mirror-filled “choreodrama” featuring the acrobats of Compagnie du Hanneton.


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Physical Theater
Hallo
Oct 15—Oct 17, 2015
 
Physical Theater
US Premiere
 
Hallo
Oct 15—Oct 17, 2015

Swiss choreographer and consummate clown Martin Zimmermann maneuvers a landscape of boxes, frames, and precarious parallelograms in search of himself in this shape-shifting one-man show.


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Physical Theater
Opus
Nov 4—Nov 8, 2015
 
Physical Theater
NY Premiere
 
Opus
Nov 4—Nov 8, 2015

Fourteen nimble acrobats from the dazzling Australian troupe Circa tumble and trustfall to the frenetic sounds of Shostakovich, performed live on stage by the occasionally blindfolded Debussy String Quartet.


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Talks
Talks
Antigone Interpreted
 

A panel of scholars and artists examine the timeless truths of Sophokles’ ancient tragedy.

Sun, Sep 20, 2015
 
 
Free
Talks
Talk: Antigone
 

Juliette Binoche and members of the company discuss their staging of Sophokles’ play.

Tue, Sep 29, 2015
 
 
Talks
BAM Gathering: 17 Border Crossings
 

Bryan Doerries and Thaddeus Phillips lead this audience forum on borders and national identity.

Thu, Oct 1, 2015
 
 
Talks
William Kentridge and Peter Galison
 

Artist William Kentridge and physicist Peter Galison discuss their multimedia chamber opera.

Sat, Oct 24, 2015
 
 
Talks
Members-Only Talk: The Making of Hagoromo
 

BAM members at Level 2 and above are invited.

Mon, Nov 2, 2015
 
 
Talks
On Truth (and Lies) in Suicide
 

A conversation between Kay Redfield Jamison, Andrew Solomon, and Simon Critchley.

Sat, Nov 14, 2015
 
 
Talks
Anne Bogart and Julia Wolfe
 

Director Anne Bogart and composer Julia Wolfe discuss the rich narrative of John Henry.

Sat, Dec 5, 2015
 
 
Talks
BAM Gathering: Sancho
 

Paterson Joseph joins Bryan Doerries for this expansive audience discussion.

Thu, Dec 17, 2015
 
 
Master Classes
Classes
Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan
 

Gain unique insight into the training rituals of the incomparable Taiwanese company.

Tue, Sep 15, 2015
 
 
Classes
Thaddeus Phillips
 

Thaddeus Phillips leads this master class in theater creation and improvisation.

Sat, Sep 26, 2015
 
 
Classes
Compagnie du Hanneton
 

Thi Mai Nguyen leads this class in movement and mindfulness.

Thu, Oct 1, 2015
 
 
Classes
Seán Curran Company
 

The co-artistic directors of Seán Curran Company lead this class in contemporary dance. 

Sat, Oct 10, 2015
 
 
Classes
Sankai Juku
 

Sankai Juku founder and dancer Semimaru leads this class in the movement of Butoh.

Fri, Oct 30, 2015
 
 
Classes
Souleymane Badolo
 

Souleymane Badolo guides dancers through his multifaceted movement vocabulary.

Mon, Nov 23, 2015
 
 
Classes
Urban Bush Women
 

Company members of Urban Bush Women lead this immersive master class.

Thu, Dec 3, 2015
 
 
Classes
Mark Morris Dance Group
 

Members of Mark Morris Dance Group teach excerpts from this season’s The Hard Nut.

Sat, Nov 14, 2015
 
 
Free
Classes
Mark Morris Dance Group Family Class
 

Families learn excerpts from Mark Morris Dance Group’s The Hard Nut.

Sat, Dec 5, 2015
 
 
Free
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