Sarah Joy Miller as Anna Nicole. Photo by Pari Dukovic.

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.


  • Anna Nicole

    BAM Howard Gilman Opera House

    Brooklyn

    Tue, Sep 17, 2013, 7:30 pm

    In a brilliant marriage of lowbrow bawdiness and highbrow operatic craft, British composer Mark-Anthony Turnage and librettist Richard Thomas immortalize the tumultuous life of Anna Nicole Smith—stripper, playmate, and formidable ...


  • The Blue Dragon

    BAM Harvey Theater

    Brooklyn

    Wed, Sep 18, 2013, 7:30 pm

    Robert Lepage—a master craftsman of breathtaking cinematic theater—returns to BAM with a visually stunning tale of love and disenchantment in modern-day Shanghai. A follow-up to his 1985 epic The Dragons’ ...


  • The Table

    BAM Fishman Space

    Brooklyn

    Thu, Sep 19, 2013, 7:30 pm

    An ordinary piece of furniture—outfitted with strings, amplifiers, and more—becomes an unlikely music-making machine in this imaginative work by Polish music ensemble Karbido.


  • On Truth (and Lies) in Beauty

    Brooklyn Borough Hall

    Brooklyn

    Sun, Sep 22, 2013, 12:00 pm

    Theater critic Hilton Als and philosopher Alexander Nehamas join Simon Critchley to explore the notion of beauty as defined in the bold new opera Anna Nicole.


  • Not What Happened

    BAM Fishman Space

    Brooklyn

    Wed, Sep 25, 2013, 7:30 pm

    History lived vies with history told in this work by writer Ain Gordon and photographer Forrest Holzapfel, which examines the diverging stories of a historical reenactor and her 19th-century doppelganger.


  • We Have an Anchor

    BAM Harvey Theater

    Brooklyn

    Thu, Sep 26, 2013, 7:30 pm

    Filmmaker Jem Cohen offers a cinematic love letter to Nova Scotia’s Cape Breton, accompanied by an original score performed live by members of Fugazi, Dirty Three, Godspeed You! Black Emperor, ...


  • Documerica

    BAM Harvey Theater

    Brooklyn

    Wed, Oct 02, 2013, 7:30 pm

    String quartet ETHEL, with help from projection artist Deborah Johnson and new music by four acclaimed composers, enlivens the images from an ambitious 1970s EPA project that documented America’s fraught ...


  • A Rite

    BAM Howard Gilman Opera House

    Brooklyn

    Thu, Oct 03, 2013, 7:30 pm

    Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company and Anne Bogart’s SITI Company join minds, bodies, and voices for a dance-theater celebration of Igor Stravinsky’s epochal, incendiary work The Rite of Spring. ...


  • The Edge of Heaven

    BAM Fishman Space

    Brooklyn

    Fri, Oct 04, 2013, 7:30 pm

    Guitarist Gary Lucas—a former collaborator with Jeff Buckley and Captain Beefheart—and two singers offer an evening of lilting Chinese song filtered through the sonic vistas of American experience.


  • Sider

    Brooklyn Academy of Music

    Brooklyn

    Wed, Oct 09, 2013, 7:30 pm

    Choreographer William Forsythe looks to the sumptuous speech rhythms of Elizabethan tragedy in this fascinating work, in which dancers translate a 16th-century text into their own beguiling language.


  • The Sweet Science Suite

    Brooklyn Academy of Music

    Brooklyn

    Fri, Oct 11, 2013, 7:30 pm

    Composer and baritone saxophonist Fred Ho, his Green Monster Big Band, and choreographer Emmanuel Brown celebrate the swaggering spirit of Muhammad Ali in this evening of music and dance.


  • Come, and Back Again

    Brooklyn Academy of Music

    Brooklyn

    Wed, Oct 16, 2013, 7:30 pm

    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 ...


  • Goldberg’s Variations

    Brooklyn Academy of Music

    Brooklyn

    Thu, Oct 17, 2013, 7:30 pm

    The absurdist inventions of Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist Rube Goldberg come to life in this droll work of music and animation by composer, musician, and filmmaker Andy Biskin.


  • Run Don’t Run

    Brooklyn Academy of Music

    Brooklyn

    Tue, Oct 22, 2013, 7:30 pm

    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. ...


  • Hans was Heiri

    BAM Harvey Theater

    Brooklyn

    Wed, Oct 23, 2013, 7:30 pm

    Acrobats dangle and tumble in this inventive work from Swiss duo Zimmermann & de Perrot.


  • Electronium: The Future Was Then

    Brooklyn Academy of Music

    Brooklyn

    Fri, Oct 25, 2013, 8:00 pm

    Questlove is joined by Dan Deacon, Jeremy Ellis, How To Dress Well, Sonnymoon, and Andrew Cyr & Metropolis Ensemble for an all-star mash-up celebrating the pioneering works of electronic music. ...


  • Dark Theater

    BAM Fishman Space

    Brooklyn

    Tue, Oct 29, 2013, 7:30 pm

    Choreographer John Heginbotham and company present a brand new work inspired by Dadaist painter Francis Picabia’s provocative 1924 ballet Relâche, set to a mellifluous score by Erik Satie.


  • Nosferatu

    BAM Harvey Theater

    Brooklyn

    Wed, Oct 30, 2013, 7:30 pm

    Polish theater troupe TR Warszawa and Teatr Narodowy deliver a deeply hypnotic, visually sumptuous new take on the vampire legend.


  • War Sum Up

    BAM Howard Gilman Opera House

    Brooklyn

    Fri, Nov 01, 2013, 7:30 pm

    Japanese manga, Noh theater, and electronic sounds comprise this beautiful meditation on the nature of war, featuring music by Santa Ratniece, electronic music group the Irrepressibles, and the Latvian Radio ...


  • An Enemy of the People

    BAM Harvey Theater

    Brooklyn

    Wed, Nov 06, 2013, 7:30 pm

    Thomas Ostermeier returns to BAM with Ibsen’s dark satire of democracy gone wrong.


  • Water

    BAM Harvey Theater

    Brooklyn

    Wed, Nov 13, 2013, 7:30 pm

    Personal dramas intertwine amid the climate crisis in this exquisite theatrical reverie.


  • The Humans

    BAM Fishman Space

    Brooklyn

    Wed, Nov 13, 2013, 7:30 pm

    Theater, music, and sculpture combine in this humorous account of man’s fall from grace.


  • La Belle et la Bête

    BAM Howard Gilman Opera House

    Brooklyn

    Thu, Nov 21, 2013, 7:30 pm

    Actors interact with projected imagery in this sophisticated take on a classic fairy tale.


  • 21c Liederabend, op. 3

    Brooklyn Academy of Music

    Brooklyn

    Fri, Nov 22, 2013, 7:30 pm

    The art-song recital enters the 21st century in this ambitious festival, which features video art and lighting design with performances of songs by the leading lights of the contemporary music ...


  • Bodycast

    BAM Fishman Space

    Brooklyn

    Tue, Dec 03, 2013, 7:30 pm

    Actress Frances McDormand embodies artist Suzanne Bocanegra in this inventive experiment in self-portraiture, that explores Bocanegra’s years spent in a bodycast and our culturally constructed idea of beauty.


  • Moses(es)

    BAM Harvey Theater

    Brooklyn

    Wed, Dec 04, 2013, 7:30 pm

    Inspired by Zora Neal Hurston's Moses, Man of the Mountains, this evening-length work by choreographer Reggie Wilson examines the many representations of Moses and features live vocals.


  • A Piece of Work

    BAM Fishman Space

    Brooklyn

    Wed, Dec 18, 2013, 7:30 pm

    A sophisticated algorithm slices and dices Hamlet in this daring work by Annie Dorsen.


Anna Nicole

In a brilliant marriage of lowbrow bawdiness and highbrow operatic craft, British composer Mark-Anthony Turnage and librettist Richard Thomas immortalize ...

The Blue Dragon

Robert Lepage—a master craftsman of breathtaking cinematic theater—returns to BAM with a visually stunning tale of love and disenchantment in ...

The Table

An ordinary piece of furniture—outfitted with strings, amplifiers, and more—becomes an unlikely music-making machine in this imaginative work by Polish ...

On Truth (and Lies) in Beauty

Theater critic Hilton Als and philosopher Alexander Nehamas join Simon Critchley to explore the notion of beauty as defined in ...

Not What Happened

History lived vies with history told in this work by writer Ain Gordon and photographer Forrest Holzapfel, which examines the ...

We Have an Anchor

Filmmaker Jem Cohen offers a cinematic love letter to Nova Scotia’s Cape Breton, accompanied by an original score performed live ...

Documerica

String quartet ETHEL, with help from projection artist Deborah Johnson and new music by four acclaimed composers, enlivens the images ...

A Rite

Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company and Anne Bogart’s SITI Company join minds, bodies, and voices for a dance-theater celebration ...

The Edge of Heaven

Guitarist Gary Lucas—a former collaborator with Jeff Buckley and Captain Beefheart—and two singers offer an evening of lilting Chinese song ...

Sider

Choreographer William Forsythe looks to the sumptuous speech rhythms of Elizabethan tragedy in this fascinating work, in which dancers translate ...

The Sweet Science Suite

Composer and baritone saxophonist Fred Ho, his Green Monster Big Band, and choreographer Emmanuel Brown celebrate the swaggering spirit of ...

Come, and Back Again

In choreographer David Dorfman’s inspired work, set to music by 90s underground rock band Smoke, dancers bandon themselves to the ...

Goldberg’s Variations

The absurdist inventions of Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist Rube Goldberg come to life in this droll work of music and animation ...

Run Don’t Run

Choreographer Brian Brooks and company explore the spatial contradictions of bodies in rapid motion, transgressing the laws of time and ...

Hans was Heiri

Acrobats dangle and tumble in this inventive work from Swiss duo Zimmermann & de Perrot.

Electronium: The Future Was Then

Questlove is joined by Dan Deacon, Jeremy Ellis, How To Dress Well, Sonnymoon, and Andrew Cyr & Metropolis Ensemble for ...

Dark Theater

Choreographer John Heginbotham and company present a brand new work inspired by Dadaist painter Francis Picabia’s provocative 1924 ballet Relâche, ...

Nosferatu

Polish theater troupe TR Warszawa and Teatr Narodowy deliver a deeply hypnotic, visually sumptuous new take on the vampire legend.

War Sum Up

Japanese manga, Noh theater, and electronic sounds comprise this beautiful meditation on the nature of war, featuring music by Santa ...

An Enemy of the People

Thomas Ostermeier returns to BAM with Ibsen’s dark satire of democracy gone wrong.

Water

Personal dramas intertwine amid the climate crisis in this exquisite theatrical reverie.

The Humans

Theater, music, and sculpture combine in this humorous account of man’s fall from grace.

La Belle et la Bête

Actors interact with projected imagery in this sophisticated take on a classic fairy tale.

21c Liederabend, op. 3

The art-song recital enters the 21st century in this ambitious festival, which features video art and lighting design with performances ...

Bodycast

Actress Frances McDormand embodies artist Suzanne Bocanegra in this inventive experiment in self-portraiture, that explores Bocanegra’s years spent in a ...

Moses(es)

Inspired by Zora Neal Hurston's Moses, Man of the Mountains, this evening-length work by choreographer Reggie Wilson examines the many ...

A Piece of Work

A sophisticated algorithm slices and dices Hamlet in this daring work by Annie Dorsen.