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BAM Next Wave Festival

The Brooklyn Academy of Music's Next Wave fall arts festival brings cutting-edge sound, movement and drama to Kings County

By Evelyn Derico

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 17, 2013, the arts fest returns to BAM for its 30th season, which runs through December 22.

Big names in various mediums perform throughout this latest edition of Next Wave. Music buffs, listen up for maverick composer Fred Ho's Muhammad Ali–themed Sweet Science Suite or Questlove's electronic-music tribute, Electronium. Discerning dance fans, keep an eye out for a new interpretation of Stravinsky's modernist classic Rite of Spring courtesy of Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company and Anne Bogart’s SITI Company. Theater enthusiasts, don't miss Nosferatu, a creepy take on the Dracula legend via Grzegorz Jarzyna. And pop-culture fiends, attain lowbrow-highbrow nirvana with Anna Nicole, an opera based on the late doomed beauty queen. Whatever show you choose, you'll leave energized and enthused about the limitless scope of the Brooklyn arts scene.

Brian Brooks Moving Company

Dance Contemporary and experimental

BAM's 2013 Next Wave Festival presents Run Don't Run. Performed by Brooks and his company, the piece includes microphones that amplify the dancers' movements as they weave through a set of stretched pieces of cloth.

Hans Was Heiri

Theater Circuses & magic

Swiss directors Martin Zimmermann and Dimitri de Perrot, in their first visit to BAM, examines the tension between conformity and individual identity in a work that combines circus, dance and theater elements.


Questlove: Electronium—The Future Was Then

Music Dance and electronic

BAM Next Wave Festival. Whether you're hip to Stevie Wonder's trailblazing synth explorations with the founders of Tonto's Expanding Head Band or can't figure out what connected Afrika Bambaataa to Kraftwerk, this incredible electronic-music showcase, hosted by heavyweight mixologist Questlove, ought to spin the record straight. Joined by Jeremy Ellis, Tom "How to Dress Well" Krell, Sonnymoon and others in what's sure to be one of the fall's coolest bills, Questo plugs all the gaps between Raymond Scott and George Clinton.

Dance Heginbotham

Dance Contemporary and experimental

John Heginbotham presents "Dark Theater," an evening of new work, for the 2013 Next Wave Festival. The piece features six dancers accompanied by the music of Erik Satie, performed live by pianist Yegor Shevtsov.



Theater Drama

Polish writer-director Grzegorz Jarzyna and his TR Warszawa company revisit BAM's Next Wave Festival, sinking their teeth into a vampire piece loosely inspired by Bram Stoker's Dracula. American avant-garde jazz icon John Zorn provides the music.

Kate Weare Company

Dance Contemporary and experimental

BAM Fisher's inaugural artist-in-residence, Kate Weare, investigates the connection between sexuality and self-definition in Dark Lark. The Next Wave Festival performance features an original cello score by Chris Lancaster.


An Enemy of the People

Theater Drama

In-your-face German director Thomas Ostermeier, a fixture of BAM's Next Wave Festival for the past decade, hits the fest again with a theatrically violent take on Henrik Ibsen's antimajoritarian 1882 classic, in which a doctor tells the unpopular truth about his town's main tourist attraction. The description promises/threatens “audience interaction, paint bombs and rock-concert-style set destruction.”

The Forsythe Company

Dance Ballet

As part of BAM's Next Wave Festival, the choreographer William Forsythe presents his company in Sider. The work is set to the audio soundtrack from a filmed version of a 16th-century play along with additional music by Thom Willems; it features dancers moving to private recordings sourced from headphones. In the work, Forsythe relates the rhythmical inflections of Elizabethan theater to those found in classical dance.


The Humans

Theater Experimental

Two birds initiate the corruption of the human race in British visual artist Alexander Singh's theatrical riff on Aristophanes, featuring dance and Greco-Roman masks.


Theater Drama

Multiple streams of narrative converge in a wide-ranging look at climate change that investigates questions of human and molecular bonding. Director David Farr helms this Next Wave Festival offering from England's tech-forward Filter Theatre.

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