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.

    Private: Next Wave Festival (Film): The Loves of Pharaoh

    BAM Harvey Theater

    Thu, Oct 18, 2012 - Sat, Oct 20, 2012

    Lost for decades, a landmark silent film lives again. Meticulously reconstructed, revered German auteur Ernst Lubitsch's 'The Loves of Pharaoh' (1922) is returned to near-original form in the New York premiere of this stunning restoration. The screening is accompanied by the very special world premiere of a new score by Brooklyn-based composer Joseph C. Phillips Jr.

    Private: Next Wave Festival (Theater): The Channel

    Wed, Sep 19, 2012 - Sat, Sep 22, 2012

    A lively, seriocomic performance, presented in the style of educational programs like Sesame Street, exploring the relationship of American popular culture, commerce, and the development of self-image.

    Private: Next Wave Festival (Theater): Paris Commune

    Wed, Oct 03, 2012 - Sun, Oct 07, 2012

    A revival of the radical cabaret of 19th-century Paris to tell the story of the 1871 Paris Commune - arguably the first socialist revolution in Europe - and a concert that took place there on the eve of its defeat.

    Private: Next Wave Festival (Theater): HOUSE / DIVIDED

    BAM Harvey Theater

    Wed, Oct 24, 2012 - Sat, Oct 27, 2012

    From Obie Award-winning company The Builders Association and director Marianne Weems comes HOUSE / DIVIDED, a high-tech hymn to America's dispossessed. Alternating between vignettes from John Steinbeck's Depression-era novel The Grapes of Wrath and stories of contemporary foreclosure and finance, the work revolves around onstage remnants of an actual foreclosed home as it is inhabited, abandoned, repurposed, collateralized, securitized, and ultimately destroyed.

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

    BAM Harvey Theater

    Wed, Nov 14, 2012 - Sun, Nov 18, 2012

    Featuring a spectacular melding of acrobatics, juggling, clowning, and music, internationally renowned circus artist Daniele Finzi Pasca delivers an imagistic love letter to Anton Chekhov. A visually and physically stunning meditation on the legendary dramatist's writings and life, The show gives shape to his inner world: a place where dreams and reality converge.

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

    BAM Harvey Theater

    Wed, Nov 28, 2012 - Sun, Dec 02, 2012

    Jocelyn Clarke's Trojan Women (After Euripides), a highly modernized adaptation of Euripides' enduring drama, takes place that grim morning, as the women of Troy await their fate amid a wasteland of carnage. Innovative director Anne Bogart and members of SITI Company approach the tale from a contemporary perspective, exploring the universal struggle to move forward in the face of tragic, crippling loss.

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

    BAM Harvey Theater


    Wed, Dec 12, 2012 - Sun, Dec 16, 2012

    Music by longtime collaborators Nick Cave and Warren Ellis is harnessed to Vesturport's trademark acrobatics—including a high-flying act performed above a vast trampoline net stretched over the audience. Having succumbed to the temptation offered by the demon Mephisto, the once-great actor Johann, retired and at the height of despair, finally pursues the happiness that has long eluded him by embarking on the performance of a lifetime.

    Private: Pan Pan Theatre Company: All That Fall


    Wed, Dec 19, 2012 - Sun, Dec 23, 2012

    A radio play by Samuel Beckett-a multilayered composition of voices that can be experienced as a black comedy, a murder mystery, a cryptic literary riddle, or a quasi-musical score.

    Private: Next Wave Festival (Dance): ECLIPSE

    Wed, Sep 05, 2012 - Sun, Sep 09, 2012

    Choreographer Jonah Bokaer and artist Anthony McCall explore total motion in this breathtaking collaboration that places dance within an installation built from shifting avenues of light and spatialized, sonic images. Featuring four dancers as well as a special appearance by Bokaer, ECLIPSE utilizes the unique flexibility of the Fishman Space, with a four-sided seating configuration to create an utterly intimate experience between artists and audience.

    Private: Next Wave Festival (Dance): Political Mother

    BAM Howard Gilman Opera House

    Thu, Oct 11, 2012 - Thu, Sep 13, 2012

    A heart-stopping, explosive assault on the senses, Political Mother invokes an atmosphere of struggle and conflict, where repression is met with resistance and survival is paramount. A heavy metal rock band—at full tilt on a raised platform—performs Shechter's own propulsive score while the dancers move collectively, surging and collapsing in sublime counterpoint.

    Private: Next Wave Festival (Dance): Ímã & Sem Mim

    BAM Howard Gilman Opera House

    Thu, Nov 01, 2012 - Sat, Nov 03, 2012

    Based on Sea of Vigo, the 13th-century song cycle by Martin Codax, Sem Mim draws on stories of maidens weeping in the absence of their lovers and professing their sorrows to the sea. The dancers, dressed in tattooed unitards and propelled by the rhythmic score, play with the interchange of calm and fury, like the ebb and flow of ocean waves.

    Private: Next Wave Festival (Dance): DanceMotion USA


    Wed, Nov 14, 2012 - Sat, Nov 17, 2012

    DanceMotion USA is a collaboration between Trey McIntyre Project and a partnering dance company from Asia celebrating TMP's homecoming from DanceMotion USA, a tour through the Philippines, Vietnam, China, and South Korea.

    Private: Next Wave Festival (Dance): And lose the name of action

    Tue, Dec 04, 2012 - Sat, Dec 08, 2012

    Visionary director Ivo van Hove transforms the BAM Howard Gilman Opera House into a modern-day Roman amphitheater with this interactive, hyper-modern take on Shakespeare's powerful trilogy about the use and abuse of power: Julius Caesar, Antony and Cleopatra, and Coriolanus.

    Next Wave Festival (Music):Ian and Chad

    Fri, Sep 28, 2012, 7:30 pm

    The show is a mix of theatrical whimsy and heartfelt soul from two very odd (and handsome) guys looking to connect through song. There will be a piano. Prepare to smile (Ian & Chad).

    Private: Next Wave Festival (Music): Elsewhere

    Wed, Oct 17, 2012 - Sat, Oct 20, 2012

    ELSEWHERE is a surreal cello opera depicting a pair of women—an Henri Michaux heroine and the biblical figure of Lot's wife—bearing witness at the end of their worlds.

    Private: Next Wave Festival (Music): Out Cold / Zippo Songs

    Thu, Oct 25, 2012 - Sat, Oct 27, 2012

    Out Cold / Zippo Songs is two dramatic song cycles-one based on soldiers' Zippo-lighter poetry about sex, drugs, and death in Vietnam, the other about a man at a bar, peering into the void through the filters of cold, exhaustion, and alcohol.

    Private: Next Wave Festival (Music): “Love Fail”

    BAM Harvey Theater

    Thu, Dec 06, 2012 - Sat, Dec 08, 2012

    The latest work from Pulitzer Prize-winning composer David Lang, love fail marries evocative new music with timeless storytelling to tell a tale of love both found and unfulfilled, performed by the ravishing voices of legendary early music group Anonymous 4.

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

    BAM Harvey Theater

    Wed, Dec 19, 2012 - Sat, Dec 22, 2012

    Masters at crafting alluring sonic landscapes from the most unlikely found objects, Brooklyn-based quartet Sō Percussion explores the idea of home with a bold experiment in collaborative art-making. Directed by three-time Obie Award winner Ain Gordon (Spalding Gray: Stories Left to Tell), Where (we) Live invites artistic colleagues working in different mediums to participate as both co-collaborator and muse in Sō's creative process and performance.

    Private: Next Wave Festival (Opera): Einstein on the Beach

    BAM Howard Gilman Opera House

    Fri, Sep 14, 2012 - Sun, Sep 23, 2012

    In 1976, audiences around the globe experienced a collective dream. Time slowed, sound tumbled everywhere and nowhere, and cryptic images froze in light. It was the collaboration of the century: Robert Wilson and Philip Glass, two chief manipulators of artistic time, joined forces in the name of another time-bender, Einstein, to create a visual, kinetic, and musical work that forever revolutionized the landscape of artistic achievement.

    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.

    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): 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): 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: 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 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 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.

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

    BAM Fisher Hillman Studio

    Thu, Dec 13, 2012, 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

    Legendary theater director Anne Bogart joins Critchley to discuss how truth and deception are revealed in tragedy. Bogart has ventured into the world of tragedy in several works, including Orestes, Antigone, and this season's production of Trojan Women (After Euripides). She is the artistic director of SITI Company, which she founded with Japanese director Tadashi Suzuki in 1992, and a professor at Columbia University.

    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.