next-wave-fest

The Next Wave Festival returns for its 30th season at the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) from September 5 to January 9, presenting an array of contemporary performance, artist talks, storytelling, visual art, and film that showcases work by emerging artists and innovative modern masters.

The season includes the BAMcinématek film series, BAMcafé Live weekend music performances, artist talks, art exhibitions, and the highly anticipated “Einstein on the Beach” opera.


Next Wave Festival (Film): The Loves of Pharaoh

Lost for decades, a landmark silent film lives again. Meticulously reconstructed, revered German auteur Ernst Lubitsch's 'The Loves of Pharaoh' ...

Next Wave Festival (Theater): Rhinoceros

"A masterpiece... A veritable tour de force on the part of the director... [and] a magical embrace between the show ...

Next Wave Festival (Theater): HOUSE / DIVIDED

From Obie Award-winning company The Builders Association and director Marianne Weems comes HOUSE / DIVIDED, a high-tech hymn to America's ...

Next Wave Festival (Theater): red, black & GREEN: a blues

A performed documentary and poetic vision for sustainability and social change, preceded by an interactive visual arts exhibition surveying environmentalism ...

Next Wave Festival (Theater): Donka: A Letter to Chekhov

Featuring a spectacular melding of acrobatics, juggling, clowning, and music, internationally renowned circus artist Daniele Finzi Pasca delivers an imagistic ...

Next Wave Festival (Theater): Roman Tragedies

Visionary director Ivo van Hove transforms the BAM Howard Gilman Opera House into a modern-day Roman amphitheater with this interactive, ...

Next Wave Festival (Theater): Trojan Women (After Euripides)

Jocelyn Clarke's Trojan Women (After Euripides), a highly modernized adaptation of Euripides' enduring drama, takes place that grim morning, as ...

Next Wave Festival (Theater): Faust: A Love Story

Music by longtime collaborators Nick Cave and Warren Ellis is harnessed to Vesturport's trademark acrobatics—including a high-flying act performed above ...

Next Wave Festival (Dance): Lighthouse / Lightning Rod and Griot New York

The evening opens with excerpts from the beloved Griot New York (1991 Next Wave). With sets by renowned sculptor Martin ...

Next Wave Festival (Dance): Political Mother

A heart-stopping, explosive assault on the senses, Political Mother invokes an atmosphere of struggle and conflict, where repression is met ...

Next Wave Festival (Dance): como el musguito en la piedra, ay si, si, si

Set to the contemplative sounds of Chilean folk legend Violeta Parra and guitarist Victor Jara, como el musguito conjures Chile's ...

Next Wave Festival (Dance): Ímã & Sem Mim

Based on Sea of Vigo, the 13th-century song cycle by Martin Codax, Sem Mim draws on stories of maidens weeping ...

Next Wave Festival (Dance): Sans Objet

An astonishing and harmonious meeting of technology and artistry. —La Dépêche (France)

Next Wave Festival (Music): “Love Fail”

The latest work from Pulitzer Prize-winning composer David Lang, love fail marries evocative new music with timeless storytelling to tell ...

Next Wave Festival (Music): Where (we) Live

Masters at crafting alluring sonic landscapes from the most unlikely found objects, Brooklyn-based quartet Sō Percussion explores the idea of ...

Next Wave Festival (Opera): Einstein on the Beach

In 1976, audiences around the globe experienced a collective dream. Time slowed, sound tumbled everywhere and nowhere, and cryptic images ...

Next Wave Festival (Literary): Andrew Zolli

Andrew Zolli is joined by bestselling author Malcolm Gladwell, radio host Jad Abumrad, and other special guests to discuss resilience, ...

Next Wave Festival (Literary): Orhan Pamuk

The Nobel Prize-winning writer Orhan Pamuk (Snow, My Name is Red) comes to BAM for the official New York launch ...

Next Wave Festival (Literary): Gary Shteyngart Roast

In celebration of the 10th anniversary of Gary Shteyngart's debut novel, The Russian Debutante's Handbook, Unbound hosts a Friars Club-style ...

Next Wave Talk: On Shakespeare’s Rome

Acclaimed scholar and Columbia professor James Shapiro, whose work has been described as 'brilliantly researched, highly readable, thoughtful and wise' ...

Next Wave Talk: On Chekhov

Author Anya Ulinich (Petropolis) moderates this panel of fellow Russian-American fiction writers—Irina Reyn (What Happened to Anna K.), Lara Vapnyar ...

Next Wave Talk: On Truth (and Lies) in Greek Tragedy

Legendary theater director Anne Bogart joins Critchley to discuss how truth and deception are revealed in tragedy. Bogart has ventured ...

Next Wave Talk: On Truth (and Lies) in Art

French visual artist Pierre Huyghe and British conceptual artist Liam Gillick join Critchley to discuss truth and illusion in art. ...

Next Wave Talk: On Truth (and Lies) in Literature

Is literature a true representation of our commonly shared world? The celebrated author of Remainder, Men in Space, and C ...

Next Wave Talk: On Ionesco

In conjunction with 'Rhinoceros' with Edward Albee, Emmanuel Demarcy-Mota, Israel Horovitz, and Marie-France Ionesco. Moderated by Tom Bishop.