BAM Next Wave Festival to Include Works by The Civilians, Robert Wilson, Toneelgroep Amsterdam and More

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21 May 2012

The Civilians' Paris Commune, the Philip Glass-Robert Wilson opera Einstein on the Beach and Toneelgroep Amsterdam's Roman Tragedies will be part of the Brooklyn Academy of Music's Next Wave Festival, beginning Sept. 5.



A portion of the 2012 Next Wave Festival programming will inaugurate BAM's new Fishman Space in the Richard B. Fisher building. Running through Jan. 19, 2013, the Next Wave Festival offers innovative dance, theatre, music, film and multimedia events.

Highlights follow:

Einstein on the Beach, An Opera in Four Acts
Robert Wilson (director)
Philip Glass (composer)
Lucinda Childs (choreographer)
Sept. 14-23
"The opera is structured in four interconnected acts and divided by a series of short scenes." Featuring Helga Davis and Kate Moran.

Paris Commune
By Steven Cosson and Michael Friedman
The Civilians
Oct. 3-6
"In 1871, working-class Parisians overthrew the French government and declared Paris autonomous. Paris Commune incorporates primary sources such as journals, letters, and the music of the time, ranging from raucous popular songs to opera to 'The Internationale,' a future Communist anthem whose lyrics were written by uprising leader Eugène Pottier."

All That Fall
By Samuel Beckett
Pan Pan Theatre Company
Dec. 19-22
"All That Fall is a multi-layered composition of voices that can be experienced as a black comedy, a cryptic literary riddle, or a quasi-musical score, but that gains from being experienced in Pan Pan's uniquely atmospheric, theatrically-tuned production. Audience members, seated in rocking chairs scattered throughout the venue, listen to 11 cast members relate the story of Mrs. Rooney and the characters she meets en route to Boghill station to meet her husband."

Rhinoceros
By Eugene Ionesco
Directed by Emmanuel Demarcy-Mota
Théâtre de la Ville, Paris
Oct. 4-6
"Written in 1959, the play is a satire on social conformity and a commentary on fascism in pre-World War II Europe. Its protagonist, Béranger, is faced with the steady transformation of his townspeople into rhinoceroses. As the only human who does not succumb to this mass metamorphosis, Béranger is at the core of an examination of free will, conformity, and morality."

HOUSE/DIVIDED
Inspired by "The Grapes of Wrath"
The Builders Association
Written by Moe Angelos and James Gibbs
Oct. 24-27
"HOUSE/DIVIDED uses digital media and live performances to tell contemporary stories from the recent mortgage crisis of foreclosure and eviction, juxtaposed with the westward journey of the Joad family of Steinbeck's Depression-era classic 'The Grapes of Wrath.' Alternating between these stories from two distinct American eras, HOUSE/DIVIDED explores the changing meaning of home, homelessness, and place, both in the present and in the broader context of the American experience."

Donka: A Letter to Chekhov
Written and directed by Daniele Finzi Pasca
Nov. 14-18
"Inspired by Chekhov's own life-long fascination with the world of performance, Finzi Pasca draws more from the author's life than his literary oeuvre."

Roman Tragedies
Toneelgroep Amsterdam
Directed by Ivo van Hove
Nov. 16-18
"Visionary director Ivo van Hove returns to BAM, transforming the Howard Gilman Opera House into a modern-day Roman ampitheater in this groundbreaking production comprising Shakespeare's three Roman tragedies: Julius Caesar, Anthony and Cleopatra, and Coriolanus. Staged as one continuous, five-hour performance, Roman Tragedies encourages audience members to move around the space, get a drink or a snack at the on-stage bar, and follow characters as the action unfolds in a contemporary arena of video screens and tickertape newsfeeds."

Trojan Women (After Euripides)
Created and performed by SITI Company
Directed by Anne Bogart
Adapted by Jocelyn Clarke
Nov. 28-Dec. 1
"Under Bogart's nimble and imaginative direction, and anchored by Jocelyn Clarke's highly modernized adaptation and a quartet of exceptional performances, Trojan Women (After Euripides) approaches the tale from a contemporary perspective, mining the universal struggle to move forward in the face of tragic, crippling loss."

Faust: A Love Story
Inspired by Goethe
Vesturport Theatre and Reykjavík City Theatre
Directed by Gisli Örn Gardarsson
Dec. 12-16
"Iceland's Vesturport Theatre returns to BAM with a visceral, darkly humorous, circus-inspired reimagining of Goethe's classic tale of all-consuming desire. Set in a nursing home at holiday time, director Gísli Örn Gardarsson's production centers on Johann, a senior resident and once-famous actor who has played all the star roles except Goethe's Faust. His nurse, Greta, enables him in a kind of Faust fantasia wherein Johann, on the verge of taking his own life, is rescued by the demon Mephisto, who bets God he can keep Johann/Faust from His clutches by fulfilling the old man's wish for the glories of youth and love."

General public subscriptions will go on sale June 25. Single tickets for select productions begin Sept. 4. Tickets will be available by phoning (718) 636-4100.

For a complete line-up of Next Wave performances visit BAM.