Next Wave Festival. Brooklyn Babylon


$20-$40. Single tickets go on sale Sept 6

In a future Brooklyn, a tower is being built—the tallest in the world. All it needs is a carousel on top, spinning over the city below. Conjuring the seductive majesty of Fritz Lang’s Metropolis and the gritty social narrative of Walker Evans’ photography, acclaimed graphic artist Danijel Zezelj joins forces with Grammy-nominated composer Darcy James Argue’s jazz big band Secret Society to tell this story of extravagance and urban ambition. The result is a feast for the senses: a dusky cityscape—painted live onstage by Zezelj alongside projections of his animation—coagulates in giant swaths of black acrylic as Secret Society scores the rise of this dystopian city.

By Darcy James Argue and Danijel Zezelj
Music by Darcy James Argue
Animation and Live Painting by Danijel Zezelj
Featuring Secret Society
Video and Projection Design by Jim Findlay
Costume Design by Paloma Young

Commissioned by BAM for the 2011 Next Wave Festival.

BAM Harvey Theater

651 Fulton Street

(Between Rockwell and Ashland Place)

Brooklyn, NY 11217

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