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Featuring artists from across the US with a concentration of New York makers and a small selection of international artists, American Realness offers audiences local, national and international perspectives on the complicated and wondrous world we inhabit.
The cast of Burlesque-A-Pades is spreading seasonal cheer once again with Sleigh Ride! A rollicking romp of a show filled to the brim with holiday cheer and sizzling seasonal performances and merriment! Dash through the snow in our one horse open sleigh where you'll see all your favorite holiday characters and stories come to life, in a whole new way! Step out of the blistery winter chill this December and into the bawdy world of The Pontani Sisters' Burlesque-A-Pades!
In this one-time-only dance event, a multigenerational group of performers from the Martha Graham Dance Company's past, present, and future will excavate their relationships to Graham and the underlying "movement forces" that bind them to one another, to Graham, and to the Company.
Organized by Austrian choreographer and artist Michael Kliën, Excavation Site: Martha Graham U.S.A. bypasses the institutionalized social structures of the Company to uncover new paths of organization and potential between its participants. The work utilizes strategies of social choreography developed in collaboration with dramaturge Steve Valk, who has organized a complementary discursive component that will unfold alongside the performance in an adjacent studio.
Audiences are invited to explore the work for any length of time and are encouraged to move freely between the two spaces.
Drawing inspiration from the Egyptian Book of the Dead, Go Forth is a performance and photo installation that considers how we create space in our lives for the presence of the absent. Burial is proposed not as erasure but as offering restitution and performing rites.
The 3,000-year-old funerary text is approached as an ancient performance score: excavating the spells and incantations to create a series of burial vignettes, fragments of translation, memory and imagination. Photographic funerary murals usher the audience into a mythological underground landscape. Galvanized by the intimate relationship between black people and death around the world, Go Forth paves way for its audience to reflect on their individual and collective mourning processes.
BAM's Next Wave Festival has permanently changed the artistic landscape, featuring breakout performances and landmark productions. Using a name that plays on the New Wave in French cinema, BAM president and executive producer Harvey Lichtenstein launched a series entitled "The Next Wave/New Masters" in November 1981 with four productions: three dance works, plus Philip Glass' new opera Satyagraha. A more ambitious program followed in 1982, including a two-evening performance work by Laurie Anderson entitled United States: Parts I-IV.
The success of these first two years helped propel a bolder and riskier program in the years to come—one that has defined BAM and an entire generation of artists. Current Executive Producer Joseph V. Melillo was the producing director of the Next Wave in its inception and continues to spearhead BAM's adventurous programming roster with emerging and established artists, including Steve Reich, Meredith Monk, Robert Wilson, Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane, and Lev Dodin.
Panopticon is a duet that is simultaneously a solo and a work for 100 dancers. Through reflections and multiplications using mirrors and video, a kaleidoscopic arena of bodies is created, obscuring the divide between individual and object.
Inspired by the architectural concept of the panopticon, a structure in which everything is seen at all times, this performance aims to achieve omniscient visibility.
Want to catch the best new work by the most exciting new theatermakers in town? Don't miss WP's Pipeline Festival, a unique opportunity to see 5 new plays, created by 5 collaborative teams from WP Theater's celebrated two-year Lab residency. Don't miss your chance to say you saw it here FIRST.
The Peoples Improv Theater and award-winning solo show artist and producer Peter Michael Marino proudly announce the return of Solocom following last year's record-breaking weekend which debuted 85 world premieres. This year's 3-day festival features 120 brand new solo comedies by artists from across the country, Canada, England, and Newfoundland - from traditional solo show artists to sketch, storytelling, stand up, physical comedy, music, multi-media, improv, cabaret, and clowning.