Beginning on September 14th and continuing through December 16th, 2017, the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) will present the 2017 Next Wave Festival. With a total of 31 performances in dance, music, opera, theater, physical theater, and last but not least, performance engagements, BAM has a great lineup waiting for you.
Although this will only highlight some of the performances, you can view the full line up on BAM’s website, and also subscribe or even purchase tickets to performances you’d like to see.
Cafe Muller/The Rite of Spring | Dance, September 14-24, 2017
Kicking off the Next Wave Festival is Cafe Muller/The Rite of Spring. Back in 1984. Tanztheater Wuppertal debuted in New York with two performances, works of Pina Bausch which then became a historic double bill. This September, Cafe Muller/The Rite of Spring restages those performances.
Cafe Muller is an autobiography performance featuring a sleepwalking woman with her arms outstretched as she staggers through a dark restaurant.
The Rite of Spring features a dark, dirt covered stage as 32 total dancers portray fear and desire.
My Lai | Music, September 27-30, 2017
Closing out the month of September for the Next Wave Music Festival is the musical performance– My Lai. This Kronos Quartet seeks to portray a pivotal moment in human kind’s perspective on war. In South Vietnam, a US Army Pilot by the name of Hugh Thompson, Jr. made a moment in history when he nose-dived his helicopter into the carnage in a grave attempt to stop a civilian massacre. Composer Jonathan Berger combines Southeast Asian instruments and heartfelt passion to retell this story through song.
Crossing | Opera, October 3-8, 2017
Matthew Aucoin is the composer, writer, and conductor of Crossing, an opera that will open the month of October for the Next Wave Music Festival. Using inspiration from a diary kept during volunteering from a Civil War nurse, Aucoin takes Walt Whitman’s “Crossing Brooklyn Ferry” to define “us”. This opera captures the heartbreak of two men and their threat to each other, but also their country.
Buffer | Performance Art, November 1-4, 2017
Xavier Cha brings us the new-age art performance of Buffer, a performance dance that will alter the perspective between browsing windows and real life. This intimate dialogue between a man and woman showcases a deep conversation on just how the digital world consumes lifestyles on a daily basis and alters our reality of relationships.
Bangsokol: A Requim for Cambodia | Music, December 15-16, 2017
To close out BAM’s 2017 Next Wave Festival, Bangsokol: A Requim for Cambodia is an astonishing performance. As Survivors of the Khmer Rouge, Him Sophy (composer) and Rithy Panh (filmmaker) attempt to bring dignity back to the dead of their country through this musical ritual. After nearly two million souls were lost and forgotten, this musical performance aims to mourn the lives of the lost.
BAM’s full schedule for 2017 Next Wave Festival is jam-packed with amazing performances unlike any other. You can follow along social media with BAM and the festival through #BAMNextWave