BAM’s 2017 Next Wave Festival Preview

Pedro J Torres Next Wave Festival

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

 

From Classical to Cutting Edge: You Can Attend the BAM Members Mingle

Pedro J Torres Members Mingle BAM

If you’re fan of performing arts on the cutting edge of today’s culture then you’re no stranger to the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM). Opening its doors for the first time in 1861, BAM has become a critical location for it’s local community of performances making it one of the leaders in urban art culture. Focusing on both an international and local community based demand, BAM provides an environment of rich aesthetics and history for each and every audience.

 

It’s no question why BAM draws in such a large crowd- with over 775,000 people annually. In addition to attending BAM has membership program. If you love attending outstanding performances, then a membership is something to highly consider. BAM offers many perks to their members and have now created an event for you to meet like minded people. If you’re already a member, here’s everything you need to know about the upcoming event at BAM’s Members Mingle.

 

When: Wednesday, September 20, 2017 at 6:30 p.m.


Where: BAM Fisher Rooftop Terrace

 

Anyone with a membership is eligible to attend- no RSVP required for a complimentary pre-show reception. In addition to free attendance, there is also complimentary wine and snacks for this social. You can stop by before a showing or performance. Even if you don’t plan to attend the performance, you can simply join in for a time to meet others with twin passions to your own.

 

When you sign up for a BAM membership, you instantly reap the rewards.

 

Cinema Benefits:

  • Access to special screening tickets before anyone else
  • 50% off two movie tickets
  • $5 off two tickets to special screenings

 

Live Performance Benefits:

  • Access to special screening tickets before anyone else
  • 50% off two movie tickets
  • $5 off two tickets to special screenings
  • 50% same day tickets for two
  • 20-30% subscription discount
  • Waived ticket handling fees

 

The pricing for memberships starts at $85 with a senior discount of $65. The pricing packaging then extends to 5 tiers with more benefits added on each level you go up. Finally, the ultimate package is the Patron Package that provides exclusive rewards of best seating tickets, personalized tickets and exclusive events.

 

Current members are beyond excited for the opportunity to sip, snack, and chat over their love of performing arts and modern day showings. Whether you prefer classical, or cutting edge, the BAM membership mingle is a network of opportunities for any member planning to attend.

 

BAMcinemaFest 2017

In its ninth consecutive year, the Brooklyn Academy of Music is hosting its annual BAMcinemaFest from June 14th until June 25th. The festival will feature the best American independent films, including features, documentaries, and shorts.

Emerging artists from the New York area have the chance to present their work on a platform right in their hometown. Directors of shorts have their opportunity to showcase their feature length films, and new artists can enter the stage by showing off their short films.

Films in the Spotlight for this years’ festival include: Gemini, an LA-set murder mystery from director Aaron Katz; En el Septimo Dia, a funny view on life in New York as an undocumented Mexican immigrant from acclaimed director Jim McKay; Landline, a film directed by Gillian Robespierre about the troubling story of Manhattan-based sisters discover that their father is cheating on their mother; A Ghost Story, a take on the classic story of a ghost coming back to the home in which he lived stars, Casey Affleck and Rooney Mara; Golden Exits, an uneasy comedy from director Alex Ross Perry.

This dominant independent film festival is an event that you are not going to want to miss. Listed below is the complete list of films that are being shown as well as their set time. For ticket information and full details of each of the films, please visit, http://www.bam.org/programs/2017/bamcinemafest.

 

Wednesday, June 14th

7:30 pm: Gemini

 

Thursday, June 15th

7 pm: The Force

9:30 pm: Signature Move

 

Friday, June 16th

7 pm: The Incredible Jessica Jones

9:30 pm: The Strange Ones

 

Saturday, June 17th

1:30 pm: Princess Cyd

4:15 pm: Columbus

7 pm: Where is Kyra?

7:30 pm: Landline

9:45 pm: Bitch

 

Sunday June 18th

1:30 pm: Dina

4:15 pm: Wind River

5:30 pm: En el Séptimo Día (centerpiece)

7 pm: I Am Another You

9:30 pm: Dear Renzo

                  Educators

                  Men

                  All Good Things

 

Monday, June 19th

7 pm: Whose Streets?

9:45 pm: Snowy Bing Bongs

                 Hardware

                 Lance Lizardi

 

Tuesday, June 20th

7 pm: Common Carrier

9:30 pm: Walking Out

 

Wednesday, June 21st

6:45 pm: Big Sick

9:45 pm: Most Beautiful Island

                  Innards

 

Thursday, June 22nd

7:30 pm: A Ghost Story

7 pm: Marjorie Prime

            Our Song

 

Friday, June 23rd

7 pm: Ingrid Goes West

           Harvest

9:45 pm: Lemon

 

Saturday, June 24th

2 pm: Escapes

4:45 pm: The Work

                 Have No Fear

7:30 pm: Golden Exits

FilmAfrica 2017

For the past forty years, the DanceAfrica festival has been held in New York City. The festival celebrates the different types of dances performed by members of the African Diaspora. A dancer named Chuck Davis founded DanceAfrica in 1977. This year the Brooklyn Academy of Music hosts a special DanceAfrica event titled The Healing Light of Rhythm: Tradition and Beyond. In addition to the performance, BAM will also screen a series of films from May 26 to May 29, 2017, as part of FilmAfrica 2017. BAM describes the film series as highlighting “the best narrative and documentary films from across Africa and beyond, with a special focus on Guinea” (Source). Below are some of the films that will be shown during the series.

Price of Love

Price of Love was directed by Hermon Hailay and released in 2015. The film takes place in Ethiopia. It follows the story of Teddy, a taxi driver, whose taxi car is stolen after he attempts to break up a fight between a prostitute and her boyfriend. Teddy and the prostitute search for the car together and learn about themselves and love in the process.

Rain the Color of Blue with a Little Red In It

Fans of the film Purple Rain will immediately recognize some similarities between Prince’s film and Rain the Color of Blue with a Little Red In It. Rain the Color of Blue with a Little Red In It takes place in Niger and focuses on Tuareg musicians. There is no word for purple in the Tuareg language, hence the title of the film. Mdou Moctar, a local musician, stars in the film. Many aspects of the film had to be changed due to the actors’ Muslim background, so no kissing or hugging. However, the film still captures the excitement of live music—just in a different setting.

Martha & Niki

Martha & Niki is a documentary that focuses on the first women to ever win Juste Debout, a dance contest held in Paris that highlights different types of street dance. Below you can watch the trailer for the film:

Martha & Niki – Official Trailer from Tora Martens on Vimeo.

Paris According To Moussa

In recent years immigration has become an increasingly controversial topic in France. Paris According To Moussa follows an immigrant named Moussa on his trip to Paris. He visits the city in order to purchase a water pump but faces some difficulties along the way. Although the film has some humorous moments, it is also touching. The United Nations gave the film the Human Rights award.

Learn More About Wesley Snipes

Earlier this month the Brooklyn Academy of Music highlighted the work of Wesley Snipes. The star of the Blade film trilogy, Wesley Trent Snipes was born in 1962. His martial arts training has been evident in each of his action films like Demolition Man, Passenger 57 and U.S. Marshals. The profile of this film actor and producer is definitely worth reading.

Points Of Interest

He debuted with a supporting role in the movie Wildcats in the year 1986, and there are more than 50 Wesley Snipes movies today. He was one of the most successful actors in the 1990’s. During the same time, he co-founded a security firm for VIPs along with his brother. He also founded a film company called Amen-Ra.

Wesley Snipes was convicted on the charges of a misdemeanor because he failed to file income tax returns. His prison sentence began in 2010 and ended in 2013. In response to the accusation by the Internal Revenue Services, he wrote a letter in 2006 and claimed himself as a “non-resident alien.”

During the September 11 attacks his apartment was destroyed, but fortunately, he wasn’t home at the time.

Some Facts About His Personal Life

Wesley Snipes was born to Wesley Sr. and Marian Snipes (Maryann) and was raised in the Bronx, New York along with his sister Bridget Snipes.

He has 5 children, 1 with his ex-wife April Snipes, to whom he was married for 5 years from 1985 to 1990.  With his second wife, Nakyung ‘Nikki’ Park (married in 20013), he has 4 children, Iset Jua-T, Alaafia Jehu-T, Alimayu Moa-T and Akhenaten Kihwa-T Snipes.

He began practicing Islam in 1978 and stopped in 1988. However, he has declared himself to be appreciative of Islam by stating that the religion gave him self-dignity.

Accomplishments

  • In Shotokan Karate, Wesley snipes has a 5th dan black belt.
  • He has earned a 2nd dan black belt in Hapdiko.
  • In 1991, he was nominated for the Best Villain award at the MTV Movie Award.
  • SUNY Purchase College awarded him an honorary doctorate.
  • Blade (1998 film) was a huge commercial success.

The Audience Point Of View

The Wesley Snipes Blade film series remains one of the best-loved movies of this actor. However, his roles in the films New Jack City, Mo’ Better Blues, and One Night Stand are also generally well appreciated.

He has not been seen in the movies too much recently. However, he has 2 movies lined up for 2017.

A Tribute to Harvey Lichtenstein

The Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) had its first performance in 1861 and has been located in the same building since 1908. BAM is a performing arts center that features various artists and types of performances, helping out the local community while also connecting with the international world of theatre and art. Decades ago, BAM wasn’t what it is today, but that all changed when Harvey Lichtenstein got involved with it.

Harvey Lichtenstein became the executive director of BAM in 1967 and remained in this position for over 30 years. BAM experienced a revolution during his tenure and became what it is today. In 1999, Harvey stepped down as executive director, but he had forever changed BAM into an incredible institution. Unfortunately, on February 11th of this year, Harvey Lichtenstein passed away at the age of 87.

How he got involved

In his 20s, he was inspired to study dance and performed in several companies. When it was no longer financially and personally feasible to continue performing, he often worked and fundraised for music venues, staying connected to his passion. When Harvey was offered the position as executive director of BAM, the academy was not in good shape and he figured he might as well give it a try, even though the theatre had little money and the neighborhood around it was not doing well.

What he did

For some, Harvey was “the most innovative, influential performing arts administrator in New York history.” He helped revitalize Brooklyn and turned BAM into a top center for musical performances and talent. It wasn’t until the 1980s that Harvey was able to seriously put BAM on the map. That’s when BAM began their Next Wave Festival, featuring progressive up-and-coming artists. Though there were failures when trying to recreate BAM, Harvey ultimately left behind a huge success story.

What he leaves behind

To this day, BAM is an incredible cultural and musical center. Even with a new director for nearly the last two decades, Harvey’s legacy lives on and allows the center to be what it is today. Even after he retired, Harvey worked on the BAM Local Development Corporation (now known as Downtown Brooklyn Partnership), which helped the area surrounding BAM to cultivate their own music centers and other vital arts centers, such as libraries. BAM continues to influence the community around it and provide incredibly opportunities for young and unknown talent.

BAM invited Marc Maron to the Stage and it Was Amazing

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Marc Maron is a comedian and host of “WTF With Marc Maron”. Maron recently catapulted into the spotlight after President Obama agreed to come to his garage where he records his popular podcast. Maron recently took the stage at Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) for a two-hour comedy set. The nearly 3,000 seat capacity venue was filled to see Maron’s interesting brand of comedy that combines anger and neuroses. But Maron started his set by saying, “It’s going to be hard to present myself as unhappy”.

Maron, continued his self-aware routine on his interview with the President. He was also obviously aware of the venue as well. BAM is known for hosting a wide variety of shows from plays, to concerts and even just conversations and interviews. Maron’s set was more like a physical one-man show than his normal comedy routine. Maybe this is the new Marc Maron, joyful and still hilarious.

Though the angry, neurotic comic has become cliche, Maron has never been easy to fit into a mold. His show at BAM demonstrated that his talent and success has little to do with a common comic stereotype. Many of Maron’s peers describe him as a comic’s comic which is a way of saying he is very funny and talented but doesn’t appeal to a larger audience. Whether this is the new Maron or just him on a bigger stage it seems more like America’s comic than just a comic’s comic.

The podcast is a lot like his act. It is very conversational, and his stories are told with perfect tone and cadence. The dramatics he added to the set were entirely complementary to this tone and cadence.

The appeal of Maron has been made apparent by his podcast and his show is definitely worth a few bucks. But maybe this show at BAM was too perfect, where the audience got the grit of a comic’s comic right before his rise to fame.