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“the most sublime dance-theater creation this century: a dance for the soul”
—The New York Times
Feb 10—Feb 12, 2022
Four Quartets

Text by T. S. Eliot
Choreography by Pam Tanowitz
Music by Kaija Saariaho
Images by Brice Marden


“It is an astonishing, wonderful thing.”
—The Guardian
Since its 2018 world premiere opened to rave reviews at the Fisher Center at Bard, anticipation has peaked for this must-see NYC debut on BAM’s stage: Along with composer Kaija Saariaho and painter Brice Marden, choreographer Pam Tanowitz creates a sublime and thrilling performance from T. S. Eliot’s beautiful, mysterious Four Quartets. These haunting and evocative poems emerged in 1943 from the chaos of World War II as hopeful testaments to the redemptive power of spirituality, art, and human goodness in the darkest of times. Tony Award–nominated Kathleen Chalfant (Angels in America, Wit) performs Eliot’s text live in this much-lauded collaboration, the first authorized performance based on Four Quartets.
Choreographer Pam Tanowitz—recognized by The New York Times’ “Best of Dance” 2013 through 2020—is known for her deconstructed classical and modern dance, both familiar and entirely brand-new. Since its founding in 2000, Pam Tanowitz Dance has performed acclaimed work at venues including Fisher Center at Bard’s SummerScape Festival, Barbican London, Jacob’s Pillow, and Lincoln Center Out of Doors. The work is deeply rooted in formal structures, manipulated and abstracted by Tanowitz until the viewer sees through to the heart of the dance. The juxtapositions and tensions that Tanowitz creates draw upon the virtuosic skill, musical dexterity, and artistic integrity of the PTD dancers.

The Knights
Pam Tanowitz Dance

Narration by Kathleen Chalfant
Scenic and lighting design by Clifton Taylor
Costume design by Reid Bartelme and Harriet Jung
Sound design by Jean-Baptiste Barriére

Four Quartets is a Fisher Center at Bard production, co-commissioned with major support from Rebecca Gold, UCLA’s Center for the Art of Performance, Barbican London and Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts. Gagosian is the lead corporate sponsor of Four Quartets on tour.

Thu Oct 14
BAM Members & Patrons
Wed Oct 20
General Public
1hr 15min


All performances will adhere to protocols developed in accordance with New York State regulations and in consultation with medical professionals for the safety of our artists, audiences, and staff 

February 2022
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Thursday February 10, 2022
Performances no longer available.

Leadership support for BAM Access Programs
provided by the
Jerome L. Greene Foundation

Jerome L. Greene Foundation


Leadership support for programming in the
Howard Gilman Opera House provided by:

Howard Gilman


Leadership support for dance at
BAM provided by:



Leadership support for dance at
BAM provided by
The SHS Foundation


Major support for female creators in the Winter 2021 Season
provided by the Virginia B. Toulmin


Leadership support for Four Quartets provided by the Barbro Osher Pro Suecia Foundation


Major support for female creators in the Winter 2021 Season
provided by the Virginia B. Toulmin Foundation

“Sublime, tremendous ... may it travel the globe.”
— Financial Times
“This exceptional response to Four Quartets achieves genuine universality and profound nowness.”
— Los Angeles Times
“smart, witty, and inventive”
— The New Yorker
“relaxed, spontaneous, buoyant”
— The New Yorker
“As these performers move, the choreography makes them fascinating, complex, surprising. They both look tenderly human and resemble the soft luminescence of moths at night”
— The New York Times
“… Pam Tanowitz has created dance theater of the highest caliber.”
— The New York Times
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