The Baryshnikov Arts Center Kicks Off Fall Season Sept. 20

By Michael Gioia
September 20, 2012

The Baryshnikov Arts Center begins its fall season Sept. 20 with St. Luke's Chamber Ensemble's Whirlwind. Also featured in the season are the U.S. premiere of La Douleur (The War: A Memoir), the memoir of Marguerite Duras; and Mo(or)town Redux, Shakespeare's Othello set to Motown music.



St. Luke's Chamber Ensemble
's Whirlwind is offered Sept. 20-21 at 8 PM. Duras' La Douleur (The War: A Memoir), directed by Patrice Chéreau and Thierry Thieû Niang, will follow and is performed by Dominique Blanc, Oct. 2-6.

La Douleur, according to Baryshnikov Arts Center, "is the poignant memoir of Marguerite Duras, written at the end of World War II, as she awaited with uncertainty her husband's return from a concentration camp. Her intimate text, staged by theatre director Patrice Chéreau, in collaboration with choreographer Thierry Thieû Niang, is given a powerful interpretation by Dominque Blanc, who recreates Duras's alternating hope and despair with extraordinary intensity."

In Mo(or)town Redux, which will run Dec. 5-8, "post-modern choreographer Doug Elkins digs deep into his hip hop-influenced repertory." The piece will be performed alongside Scott, Queen of Marys, a work created in 1996 to showcase the talents of vogue and drag ball legend Willi Ninja.

Other highlights of the season include Raimund Hoghe's Pas de Deux
 (Oct. 10-12); The Bolshoi Puppet Theatre's Kholstomer: The Story of a Horse (Oct. 18-20); Malavika Sarukkai's The Spirit of the Body (Nov. 1-3); and the International Contemporary Ensemble ICElab productions of Echoi (Nov. 2-3) and Self Fictions (Dec. 15).

For more information, visit BACNYC.org.