The Chairs, Nora, Othello, Passage to India Featured at BAM's Next Wave Fest, Oct. 5-Dec. 18

News   The Chairs, Nora, Othello, Passage to India Featured at BAM's Next Wave Fest, Oct. 5-Dec. 18
BAM's Next Wave Festival will again present its eclectic mix of performance genres as the company present fifteen works of theatre, dance, music-theatre and dance theatre, Oct. 5-Dec. 18. Seven of the works are international theatre stagings, many making their American premiere.

All theatre performances will play at the Brooklyn Academy of Music's Harvey Theater.

England offers Cheek by Jowl's Othello directed by Declan Donnellan (Homebody/Kabul) and Shared Experience's take on E.M. Forster's A Passage to India as adapted by Martin Sherman (Bent, The Boy From Oz).

Other works from across the globe include TR Warszawa's The Dybbuk (Poland), Schaubühne am Lehniner Platz Berlin's Nora (A Doll's House) (Germany), Teatro de Arena's FAUST/How I Rose (Mexico), Needcompany's Isabella's room (Belgium) and New York-based Pick Up Performance Company's The Chairs by Eugene Ionesco.

Cheek by Jowl's Olivier Award-winning Othello makes its U.S. debut to open the Next Wave Festival Oct. 5. The staging of the Shakespeare classic, directed by Declan Donnellan and designed by Nick Ormerod (the company's co-founders), will play through Oct. 10. Nonso Anozie stars in the title role. The creative team includes Jane Gibson (movement), Judith Greenwood (lighting) and Catherine Jayes (music).

Poland's Krzysztof Warlikowski makes his American directorial debut with an adaptation of literature's The Dybbuk, set to run Oct. 13-16. Performed in Polish with English surtitles, the work derivative of Jewish folklore features music by Pawel Mykietyn and designs by Malgorzata Szczesniak (set) and Felice Ross (lighting). The Boy From Oz librettist Martin Sherman adapts E.M. Forster's A Passage to India for Nancy Meckler, who directs the co-production by London-based theater company Shared Experience and the Nottingham Playhouse. The British-Indian drama — featuring a creative team of Niki Turner (designer), Chris Davey (lighting), Liz Ranken (movement) and Peter Salem (composer) — is slated to run Nov. 2-6.

Ibsen's classic gets a contemporary look in Nora (A Doll's House) presented by Schaubühne am Lehniner Platz Berlin, Nov. 9-13. Thomas Ostermeier directs the work — to be performed in German with English surtitles — which resets the household of Torvald and the title character in a "fashionable, designer-styled loft," according to a release. The creative team features Jan Pappelbaum (set), Almut Eppinger (costume), Erich Schneider (lighting) and Lars Eidinger (music).

New York-based playwright-multimedia artist John Jesurun and Mexico City-based director Martín Acosta (of Teatro de Arena) team to bring FAUST/How I Rose to BAM, Nov. 16-20. The collaboration results in the modern account of the Faust legend featuring an all-Mexican cast. (The Nov. 17 show will be performed in Spanish with no translation, all other shows are in English).

David Gordon directs, choreographs and designs Michael Feingold's translation of the Ionesco classic, The Chairs, Dec. 1-4. Dancer-actress Valda Setterfield is featured in the production which uses music by composer Michael Gordon. Jennifer Tipton provides lighting for the Pick Up Performance Company presentation.

Belgium's Needcompany returns to the Next Wave for its third appearance with Isabella's room [sic] , Dec. 14-18. Actress Viviane De Muynck stars in the performance work about a 94-year-old blind woman who is part of a scientific experiment that projects images from a camera into her brain. Jan Lauwers provides text (performed in French and English with English titles) for the production with music by Hans Petter Dahl and Maarten Seghers. The design team features Lauwers (set and lighting), Lot Lemm (costume) and Dré Schneider (sound).

The 2004 Next Wave Festival will also feature a number of discussions, panels, film programs, live music and visual art exhibits. For further information, visit

Subscription tickets will be on sale June 21. For remaining single tickets — available Sept 7— call (718) 636-4100.

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