Thirty years after Peter Brook’s epic stage production Mahabharata inaugurated the Brooklyn Academy of Music’s Harvey Theater, the director returns to the same story with a new show titled Battlefield, created with frequent collaborators Marie-Hélène Estienne and Jean-Claude Carrière. The production is playing as part of BAM’s Next Wave festival.
Inspired by the same Indian poem Mahabharata, about two warring clans, Battlefield examines the devastating costs of war. Featuring four actors and one drummer, the play focuses on a prince who must grapple with the question of how to live his life in the wake of the massacres he has caused.
Performances are set to run September 28-October 1 and October 4-9. The new work is presented by BAM as part of the Next Wave festival, along with Théâtre des Bouffes du Nord, where it had its world premiere last year.
Battlefield features music by Toshi Tsuchitori, costume design by Oria Puppo and lighting design by Philippe Vialatte.
Following the U.S. premiere, BAM will also screen Peter Brook: Behind the Camera, a nine-film retrospective that will run October 10-20.
Next Wave, which kicks off September 7, features a mix of theatre, dance, music, opera, film and visual arts events from around the U.S. and the world. The theatre line-up features works by BAM favorite Robert Wilson in collaboration with Mikhail Baryshnikov; Broadway director and Tony nominee Ivo van Hove; and New York-based group The Civilians.
The Festival slate is made up of 12 theatre productions, two opera works and a host of music, film and dance events. For the full line-up and to purchase tickets, visit BAM.org or contact BAM Ticket Services at (718) 636-4100.