BAM Next Wave Festival: Music, dance, theater and more in Brooklyn
The Brooklyn Academy of Music's Next Wave fall arts festival brings cutting-edge sound, movement and drama to Kings County.
Fri Sep 7 2012
Photograph: Lucie Jansch
As any shrewd local will tell you, when temperatures cool down, culture heats up in Fort Greene thanks to the Next Wave Festival. On September 5, the arts fest returned to BAM for its 30th season, which runs through January 19, 2013.
Big names in various mediums perform throughout this latest edition of Next Wave. Dance buffs can catch Lion King choreographer Garth Fagan collaborating with Jazz at Lincoln Center maestro Wynton Marsalis September 27 through 30. Discerning pop fans won't want to miss former Velvet Underground member John Cale's appearances on January 16, 18 and 19, during which he'll pay tribute to former collaborator Nico and reprise his 1973 album Paris 1919. In the classical realm, the big news is a fresh staging of Philip Glass's iconic 1976 opera, Einstein on the Beach, running from September 14 through 23. Theater buffs can feast on a modernized take on Shakespeare's Roman Tragedies November 16 through 18, courtesy of Belgian director Ivo van Hove.
Beyond the VIPs at this fall arts extravaganza, why not take a chance on something new, like a performance by Afro-Punk songstress Tamar-kali on September 29? Other options include Gavin Quinn's imaginative staging of Beckett's radio play All That Fall (Dec 19–23) and Lucy Guerin's experiment in novice dancing, Untrained (Nov 27–Dec 1). Whatever show you choose, you'll leave energized and enthused about the limitless scope of the Brooklyn arts scene.