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 Talk: On Truth (and Lies) in Literature

    BAM Fisher Hillman Studio

    Thu, Oct 18, 2012, 7:00 pm

    Is literature a true representation of our commonly shared world? The celebrated author of Remainder, Men in Space, and C (shortlisted for the 2010 Man Booker Prize), Tom McCarthy joins Critchley to discuss truth and lies in literature, from the canonical works of Cervantes and Joyce to contemporary writings.

    Next Wave Talk: On Chekhov

    BAM Fisher Hillman Studio

    Sun, Nov 18, 2012, 12:30 pm

    Author Anya Ulinich (Petropolis) moderates this panel of fellow Russian-American fiction writers—Irina Reyn (What Happened to Anna K.), Lara Vapnyar (Broccoli and Other Tales of Food and Love), and Ellen Litman (The Last Chicken in America)—to discuss Chekhov’s lasting influence in today’s literary landscape.

    Next Wave Talk: On Shakespeare’s Rome

    BAM Fisher Hillman Studio

    Sat, Nov 17, 2012, 1:00 pm

    Acclaimed scholar and Columbia professor James Shapiro, whose work has been described as 'brilliantly researched, highly readable, thoughtful and wise' (The New York Review of Books), delves into Shakespeare's Rome and Roman tragedies: Coriolanus, Julius Caesar, and Antony and Cleopatra.

    Next Wave Festival: Iconic Artist Talk: Pina Bausch Legacy

    Thu, Oct 25, 2012, 7:00 pm

    Since its premiere in 1984, Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch has made BAM its exclusive New York home. This Iconic Artist Talk introduces New York audiences to the work of the Pina Bausch Foundation and its archive project. Members of Tanztheater Wuppertal and the Pina Bausch Foundation discuss the challenge of using archival materials to reconstruct performances and give new life to Bausch's oeuvre after her passing in 2009.

    Next Wave Festival (Literary): Brooklyn Literary Mash-Up

    Mon, Dec 10, 2012, 7:30 pm

    The Brooklyn Literary Mash-Up celebrates the multifarious literary voices of Brooklyn over the past 150 years, mixing excerpts of work from classic writers like Walt Whitman to contemporary voices such as Tour. Members of the new Brooklyn International Theater company use music, projected images, spoken word, and movement to bring these glittering words to life.

    Next Wave Festival (Literary): Gary Shteyngart Roast

    BAM Harvey Theater

    Tue, Nov 20, 2012, 7:30 pm

    In celebration of the 10th anniversary of Gary Shteyngart's debut novel, The Russian Debutante's Handbook, Unbound hosts a Friars Club-style roast in which Shteyngart's friends and colleagues take shots at the beloved and critically acclaimed author of Absurdistan and Super Sad True Love Story.

    Next Wave Festival (Literary): Orhan Pamuk

    BAM Harvey Theater

    Tue, Oct 16, 2012, 7:30 pm

    The Nobel Prize-winning writer Orhan Pamuk (Snow, My Name is Red) comes to BAM for the official New York launch of his newly translated second novel, Silent House (to be released on October 9). Published in his native Turkey in 1983, this moving story - about a family gathering that occurs the summer before the Turkish military coup of 1980—has never been published in English. Lila Azam Zanganeh, author of The Enchanter: An Adventure in ...

    Next Wave Festival (Literary): Andrew Zolli

    BAM Howard Gilman Opera House

    Tue, Sep 18, 2012, 7:30 pm

    Andrew Zolli is joined by bestselling author Malcolm Gladwell, radio host Jad Abumrad, and other special guests to discuss resilience, the emerging field of study explored in Zolli's new book, Resilience: Why Things Bounce Back. Uncovering the interconnectedness of both natural and man-made failures, Zolli shares lessons in recreating stability in our increasingly volatile world.