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The Civilians, Jennifer Miller, SITI Company, Ivo van Hove Set for BAM's 2012 Next Wave Festival

Ivo Van Hove
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The Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) has announced programming for the 2012 Next Wave Festival, which features dance, theater, music, music-theater, nouveau cirque, film, and multimedia events. The festival will run September 5-January 19.

For the first year, there will be events at the new BAM Richard B. Fisher Building, including Miriam, created and written by Nora Chipaumire, and merging monologue and movement to interrogate the concept of the African female (September 12-15); The Civilians' Paris Commune, co-authored by Steven Cosson and Michael Friedman, based upon the 1871 historical incident when working-class Parisians overthrew the French government and declared Paris autonomous (October 3-6); Brooklyn Bred, curated by Martha Wilson, and featuring new, site-specific performance artworks by Coco Fusco, Jennifer Miller, and Dread Scott (October 11-13); Elsewhere, directed by Robert Woodruff, and incorporating sung and spoken text in tandem with amplified, distorted, and acoustic cello, film, and choreography for a psychological retelling of the biblical story of Lot's wife (October 17-20); red, black & GREEN: a blues, created by Marc Bamuthi Joseph/Living Word Project, directed by Michael John Garcés, and using poetry, monologue, song, and movement to tell stories that reflect on poverty, violence, and racial consciousness (October 31-November 3); and Pan Pan Theatre Company's presentation of Samuel Beckett's All That Fall, a multi-layered composition of voices (December 19-23).

Performances in the BAM Howard Gilman Opera House will include the previously reported revival of Einstein on the Beach, An Opera in Four Acts by Robert Wilson, Philip Glass, and Lucinda Childs (September 14-23); Garth Fagan Dance' world premiere of Lighthouse/Lightning Rod, along with excerpts from Griot New York (September 27-30); Théâtre de la Ville's presentation of Eugene Ionesco's Rhinoceros, directed by Emmanuel Demarcy-Mota (October 4-6); Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch's U.S. premiere of "… como el musguito en la piedra, ay si, si, si …" (Like moss on a stone) (October 18-27); Ivo van Hove's production of Roman Tragedies, a continuous, five-hour performance comprising Shakespeare's three Roman tragedies: Julius Caesar, Anthony and Cleopatra, and Coriolanus (November 16-18); and the New York premiere of John Cale's Paris 1919, along with Life Along the Borderline: A Tribute to Nico, curated by Cale (January 16-19).

Among the events at BAM Harvey Theater are The Builders Association's House/Divided, a multimedia theater project inspired by The Grapes of Wrath, written by Moe Angelos and James Gibbs and directed by Marianne Weems (October 24-27); Donka: A Letter to Chekhov, written and directed by Daniele Finzi Pasca, an imagistic love letter to Anton Chekhov (November 14-18); SITI Company's Trojan Women (After Euripides), adapted by Jocelyn Clarke and directed by Anne Bogart (November 28-December 2); love fail, evening-length meditation on love composed and directed by David Lang (December 6-8); Vesturport Theatre and Reykjavík City Theatre's Faust: A Love Story, inspired by Goethe, and directed by Gisli Örn Gardarsson (December 12-16); and So Percussion's exploration of the idea of home, Where (we) Live, directed by Ain Gordon (December 19-22).

Additional programming will be featured as part of BAMcinématek at BAM Rose Cinemas, BAMcafé Live, and the literary series Unbound in partnership with independent Brooklyn favorite Greenlight Bookstore.

Click here for more information and a complete list of Next Wave Festival events.


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