BAM’s Next Wave Festival enters its 31st season of breakout productions and landmark performances covering dance, theater, music, film and more. Many European productions choose the festival for their U.S. debut, including the opera depicting the ultra-American tale of the tragic tabloid celebrity, Anna Nicole Smith.
“Anna Nicole” is your guaranteed chance to hear the beleaguered New York City Opera orchestra and chorus this season, as they perform the work of composer Mark-Anthony Turnage and librettist Richard Thomas. Commissioned by London’s Royal Opera House, “Anna Nicole” enjoyed sold-out performances at Covent Garden in 2011.
Among the many U.S. and New York premieres at the Next Wave festival are “A Rite,” a collaboration between Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company and Anne Bogart’s SITI Company; “The Blue Dragon,” directed and performed by French-Canadian Robert Lepage; and “The Table,” a “soundwork” by Polish avant-garde music group Karbido.
BAM Next Wave Festival, September 17 through December 22, also features a full slate of humanities, music, film, and visual art events and programming, and many artist talks related to headline events.
Choreographer Brian Brooks and company explore the spatial contradictions of bodies in rapid motion, transgressing the laws of time and space behind hundreds of cloth strands stretched across the stage.
In choreographer David Dorfman’s inspired work, set to music by 90s underground rock band Smoke, dancers bandon themselves to the mire, exploring how hope and humility help us manage the messiness of daily life.