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.
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.
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.
Fiona Shaw performs Samuel Taylor Coleridge's eerie tale of penance paid on the high seas.
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.
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 Angelin Preljocaj, DJ Laurent Garnier, and others dive into the apocalypse.
Israeli-born choreographer Hofesh Shechter presents the US premiere of a new work.
The Moses story is the focus of this evening-length work by choreographer Reggie Wilson.
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.
Composer Fred Ho, and his Green Monster Big Band celebrate the great Muhammad Ali.
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.
A table becomes an unlikely musical instrument in this work by Polish ensemble Karbido.
Director Ain Gordon explores history lived versus history told in rural America.
Grammy-nominated guitarist and songwriter Gary Lucas conjures 1940s and 40s China.
Doug Varone Dancers and a guest company celebrate their homecoming.
The inventions of Rube Goldberg come to life in Andy Biskin's work of animation and music.
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.
Theater, music, and sculpture combine in this humorous account of man’s fall from grace.
Choreographer Susan Marshall deconstructs the high-gloss aesthetic of music videos.
Actress Frances McDormand embodies artist Suzanne Bocanegra in this creative self-portrait.
Choreographer Tere O’Connor collapses three works into a single hybrid creation.
A sophisticated algorithm slices and dices Hamlet in this daring work by Annie Dorsen.
The creators discuss their new opera inspired by the life of Anna Nicole Smith.
Robert Lepage 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.
Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker examines her history at BAM with Anna Kisselgoff.
A brief survey of circus and discussion of the beauty and diversity of the art form today.
New Yorker staff writer Joan Acocella gives context to Grzegorz Jarzyna’s Nosferatu.
Director Thomas Ostermeier and philosopher Simon Critchley explore 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 of all skill levels with work to share.
A workshop investigation into process and improvisation, led by company dancers.
A unique workshop in the creation of character through movement improvisation.
Dancers and circus artists learn the company’s unique movement techniques.
Singers receive personalized coaching in songs from the Next Wave’s 21c Liederabend, op. 3.
Composers experience firsthand the creation of new vocal work from 21c Liederabend, op. 3.
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.
Dancers of all levels engage with the 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.