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A playful meditation on time, permanence, and possession, “Material Universe” was created by artist Katja Loher in collaboration with Geoff Sobelle.
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PAST EVENTS
Music
The Philip Glass Ensemble & Steve Reich and Musicians
 

Glass and Reich reunite on stage for a three-program retrospective of their work. 

Sep 9—Sep 11, 2014
 
 
Music
Brad Mehldau
 

The contemporary jazz pianist melds various musical idioms. 

Tue, Sep 9, 2014
 
 
Music
Chris Thile & Brad Mehldau Duo
 

Nonesuch Records label mates Chris Thile and Brad Mehldau perform together.

Wed, Sep 10, 2014
 
 
Music
Dawn Upshaw and Gilbert Kalish
 

The musically adventurous vocalist performs works by George Crumb and Charles Ives. 

Thu, Sep 11, 2014
 
 
Music
Alarm Will Sound
 

Chamber band Alarm Will Sound performs two distinctive programs. 

Sep 12—Sep 13, 2014
 
 
Music
Youssou NDOUR
 

The Senegalese singer-songwriter makes a rare stateside appearance. 

Sep 12—Sep 13, 2014
 
 
Music
Carolina Chocolate Drops
 

The Carolina Chocolate Drops return after their knockout performance in this year’s Winter/Spring Season.

Thu, Sep 18, 2014
 
 
Music
Devendra Banhart, Stephin Merritt & Iron and Wine
 

Devendra Banhart, Stephin Merritt, and Iron and Wine perform solo sets. 

Fri, Sep 19, 2014
 
 
Music
Kronos Quartet, Merchant, Giddens, Amidon, and Chaney
 

Kronos Quartet and more delve into the American and international folk songbook. 

Sat, Sep 20, 2014
 
 
Music
Tweedy
 

Wilco founder Jeff Tweedy performs songs from Sukierae, his debut collaboration with his son.

Tue, Sep 23, 2014
 
 
Music
Landfall
 

Laurie Anderson and Kronos Quartet present their first-ever collaboration. 

Sep 23—Sep 27, 2014
 
 
Music
Rokia Traoré
 

This Malian multi-instrumentalist performs traditional and pop-inflected music.

Wed, Sep 24, 2014
 
 
Music
Caetano Veloso
 

The beloved Brazilian singer and musician performs from his award-winning releases. 

Sep 25—Sep 26, 2014
 
 
Music
Robert Plant and the Sensational Space Shifters
 

The British singer-songwriter is joined an eclectic band of musicians. 

Sep 27—Sep 28, 2014
 
 
Theater
Embers
 

Beckett’s 1959 radio play finds fevered new life behind the eyes of a massive skull.

Sep 17—Sep 20, 2014
US Premiere
 
 
Theater
riverrun
 

Actress Olwen Fouéré offers an incandescent interpretation of the end of Finnegans Wake.

Sep 17—Sep 20, 2014
US Premiere
 
 
Theater
ABACUS
 

Eccentric techno-futurologist Paul Abacus leads a tour of our hyper-networked world to come.

Sep 24—Sep 27, 2014
NY Premiere
 
 
Theater
Alan Smithee Directed This Play: Triple Feature
 

Astronauts, Bolsheviks, and suburban America collide in this work from Big Dance Theater.

Sep 30—Oct 4, 2014
US Premiere
 
 
Theater
Shakespeare's Sonnets
 

Iambic pentameter gets a makeover in Robert Wilson and Rufus Wainwright's pop-opera romp.

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

Lauded Irish actor Lisa Dwan performs three harrowing one-woman plays by Samuel Beckett.

Oct 7—Oct 12, 2014
US Premiere
 
 
Theater
Brooklyn Bred 2: Clifford Owens
 

Art world provocateur Clifford Owens stages an interactive forum on performance art.

Thu, Oct 16, 2014
World Premiere
 
 
Theater
Brooklyn Bred 2: Dynasty Handbag
 

Performance artist Dynasty Handbag offers a feminist gloss on Homer’s Odyssey.

Fri, Oct 17, 2014
World Premiere
 
 
Theater
Brooklyn Bred 2: Pablo Helguera
 

Artist Pablo Helguera asks audiences to trust him—and check their mail.

Sat, Oct 18, 2014
World Premiere
 
 
Theater
Angels in America
 

Dutch visionary Ivo van Hove delivers a revelatory take on Tony Kushner’s epic play.

Oct 23—Oct 25, 2014
US Premiere
 
 
Theater
Salt of the Earth
 

A puppet flees a military coup through a desert made of salt in this work from Zvi Sahar.

Oct 28—Nov 1, 2014
US Premiere
 
 
Theater
Six Characters in Search of an Author
 

Pirandello’s absurdist masterpiece is given artful life by director Emmanuel Demarcy-Mota.

Oct 29—Nov 2, 2014
NY Premiere
 
 
Theater
The Object Lesson
 

Geoff Sobelle contemplates the things we cling to and the stuff we leave behind.

Nov 5—Nov 8, 2014
NY Premiere
 
 
Sold Out
 
Theater
BASETRACK Live
 

A powerful look at the war in Afghanistan that gives voice to Marines and their families.

Nov 11—Nov 15, 2014
NY Premiere
 
 
Theater
Birds With Skymirrors
 

Lemi Ponifasio straddles ritual, theater, dance, and activism in this spellbinding work.

Nov 19—Nov 22, 2014
US Premiere
 
 
Theater
Howie the Rookie
 

Mark O’Rowe’s 1999 play chronicles the cat-and-mouse travails of two men in gritty Dublin.

Dec 10—Dec 14, 2014
 
 
Dance
QUANTUM
 

Particle physics meets dance in this work from Gilles Jobin and Julius von Bismarck.

Oct 2—Oct 4, 2014
US Premiere
 
 
Dance
Moment Marigold
 

Choreographer Jodi Melnick presents this world premiere, with music by Steven Reker.

Oct 8—Oct 11, 2014
World Premiere
 
 
Dance
Wild Grass
 

Choreographer Wang Yuanyuan takes her latest inspiration from poet Lu Xun’s titular 1927 text.

Oct 15—Oct 18, 2014
US Premiere
 
 
Dance
L.A. Dance Project
 

The much-anticipated New York debut of Benjamin Millepied’s contemporary ballet collective.

Oct 16—Oct 18, 2014
 
 
Dance
Kontakthof
 

Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch returns to mark the 30th anniversary of its BAM debut.

Oct 23—Nov 2, 2014
 
 
Dance
Sadeh21
 

Batsheva Dance Company returns with this series of devastating movement studies.

Nov 12—Nov 15, 2014
US Premiere
 
 
Dance
Oxbow
 

Brooklyn-based choreographer Ivy Baldwin contemplates space and time, geology and chronology.

Nov 13—Nov 16, 2014
NY Premiere
 
 
Dance
The Wanderer
 

An elegant story ballet set to Schubert’s Die schöne Müllerin by choreographer Jessica Lang.  

Dec 3—Dec 6, 2014
World Premiere
 
 
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Music
The Source
 

A music-theater work about army private Chelsea Manning by composer Ted Hearne.

Oct 22—Oct 25, 2014
World Premiere
 
 
Music
Wayfinders
 

A musical meditation on physical and spiritual wayfinding from Holcombe Waller.

Nov 19—Nov 22, 2014
NY Premiere
 
 
Music
Black Mountain Songs
 

The Brooklyn Youth Chorus performs this music and visual work created by Bryce Dessner.

Nov 20—Nov 23, 2014
World Premiere
 
 
Music
On Behalf of Nature
 

Meredith Monk returns to BAM with this mesmerizing hymn to compassion.

Dec 3—Dec 7, 2014
NY Premiere
 
 
Music
The Etudes
 

Philip Glass is joined by nine pianists to perform his complete etudes.

Dec 5—Dec 6, 2014
 
 
Music
The Ambassador
 

Gabriel Kahane performs this musical portrait of Los Angeles, directed by John Tiffany.

Dec 10—Dec 13, 2014
NY Premiere
 
 
Music
VIJAY IYER: Music of Transformation
 

The prodigiously talented pianist performs three works, including a world premiere.

Dec 18—Dec 20, 2014
 
 
Film
Exposed: Songs for Unseen Warhol Films
 

Fifteen never-before-seen Warhol shorts with live music by Dean Wareham and more.

Nov 6—Nov 8, 2014
NY Premiere
 
 
Film Series
Nonesuch Records on Film
 

BAMcinématek salutes the intrepid label’s rich catalogue of film scores.

Sep 8—Sep 25, 2014
 
 
Talks
Beckett at BAM: A Look into the BAM Hamm Archives
 

Critic Jonathan Kalb talks Beckett history with BAM Hamm Archives director Sharon Lehner.

Thu, Sep 18, 2014
 
 
Talks
On Truth (and Lies) in Joyce
 

Olwen Fouéré joins philosopher Simon Critchley to discuss the influence of James Joyce.

Fri, Sep 19, 2014
 
 
Talks
Caetano Veloso with Peter Sellars
 

The beloved Brazilian musician talks with theater director Peter Sellars.

Sat, Sep 27, 2014
 
 
Talks
Theater of War
 

A dramatic reading of scenes from Sophocles’ Ajax and Philoctetes.

Sun, Sep 28, 2014
 
 
Free
Talks
Robert Wilson and Rufus Wainwright
 

Iconic director Robert Wilson and composer Rufus Wainwright discuss their collaboration.

Wed, Oct 8, 2014
 
 
Talks
Benjamin Millepied
 

Choreographer Benjamin Millepied talks with dance critic Deborah Jowitt.

Wed, Oct 15, 2014
 
 
Talks
Ivo van Hove and Tony Kushner
 

A conversation between director Ivo van Hove and award-winning playwright Tony Kushner.

Wed, Oct 22, 2014
 
 
Talks
Politics of Participation
 

A livestream discussion about the use of non-professional performers in the arts.

Sat, Oct 25, 2014
Live stream
 
 
Free
Talks
On Truth (and Lies) in Homecoming
 

Simon Critchley explores returning from war using the Greek idea of nostos or homecoming.

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

Director Emmanuel Demarcy-Mota joins Simon Critchley to explore authorship in theater.

Thu, Oct 30, 2014
 
 
Talks
Warhol's Films
 

Curators Claire Henry and Geralyn Huxley discuss Andy Warhol’s cinematic oeuvre.

Fri, Nov 7, 2014
 
 
Talks
Town Hall with Bryan Doerries
 

Bryan Doerries, founder of Theater of War, leads a discussion on the impact of war.

Thu, Nov 13, 2014
 
 
Talks
Iconic Artist Talk: Ohad Naharin
 

Ohad Naharin, artistic director of Batsheva, reflects on his company’s history at BAM.

Fri, Nov 14, 2014
 
 
Classes
Big Dance Theater
 

Participants discover unexpected theatrical moments in this workshop led by Paul Lazar.

Mon, Sep 22, 2014
 
 
Classes
Jodi Melnick
 

A class for choreographers led by Jodi Melnick that hones a sharp eye for movement detail.

Mon, Sep 29, 2014
 
 
Classes
L.A. Dance Project
 

L.A. Dance Project ballet master Sébastien Marcovici leads this Balanchine-influenced class.

Tue, Oct 14, 2014
 
 
Classes
Beijing Dance Theater
 

Wang Yuanyuan leads this class in choreography and creative movement. 

Sat, Oct 18, 2014
 
 
Classes
Batsheva Dance Company
 

Company dancer Bobbi Smith teaches Gaga and sections from Batsheva’s repertory.

Fri, Nov 14, 2014
 
 
Sold Out
 
Classes
Meredith Monk & Vocal Ensemble
 

Participants learn the fundamentals of performance as a vehicle for spiritual transformation.

Tue, Nov 25, 2014
 
 
Classes
Jessica Lang Dance
 

A class and Q&A with choreographer Jessica Lang in her company’s repertory and technique.

Thu, Dec 4, 2014
 
 
 
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