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By day, one of the most respected stage directors, actors, writers, and impresarios in Europe; by night, a cabaret chanteuse expunging life’s pain and love’s agony — this unusual artistic double identity comes together when the director of Festival d’Avignon, Olivier Py, makes a rare U.S. stage appearance in Olivier Py Sings Les Premiers Adieux de Miss Knife.

Since she first morphed into fully-bejeweled and boa-feathered glory in 1996, Miss Knife has become Py’s alter ego, allowing him to disregard gender conventions and express another side of himself. Working with long-time collaborator Stéphane Leach, Py pens a set of brand-new songs about love and desire for this BAM engagement. Every night one guest artist — Joey Arias (Sep 20), Angélique Kidjo (Sep 21), Ute Lemper (Sep 22), and Jo Lampert (Sep 23) — joins Miss Knife’s soirée, delivering a cocktail of genres, genders, nationalities, and stories.