Ivo van Hove and Pina Bausch Highlight BAM’s Next Wave Festival



“The Fountainhead,” directed by Ivo van Hove and staged by Toneelgroep Amsterdam, will run at the Brooklyn Academy of Music in November as part of the festival.CreditJan Versweyveld

The Brooklyn Academy of Music on Tuesday unveiled this year’s Next Wave Festival — the penultimate one that will be overseen by Joseph V. Melillo, the academy’s executive producer and the festival’s founding director.

Mr. Melillo, 70, announced this month that he would retire at the end of 2018. He was hired by the legendary Brooklyn Academy leader Harvey Lichtenstein in 1983 to direct the Next Wave Festival, which is now a stalwart showcase of innovative performance.

This year’s festival features 31 programs — from Sept. 14 through Dec. 16 — and a diverse group of performers from the worlds of theater, dance, music and visual art. 

“This year’s Next Wave showcases artists from Switzerland to Senegal in creative dialogue with historic events, personal histories and the present moment,” Mr. Melillo said in a statement. “We welcome back iconic companies with a rich BAM history and look forward to BAM debuts from an array of emerging and established artists.”

Here are some highlights: 


Ivo van Hove, the acclaimed director who won a Tony Award last year for his visceral staging of Arthur Miller’s “A View From the Bridge,” will direct “The Fountainhead” (Nov. 28 through Dec. 2), a theater adaptation of Ayn Rand’s novel about an idealistic and individualistic architect, Howard Roark. It will be performed by Mr. van Hove’s troupe, Toneelgroep Amsterdam.

Other theater productions include the Brooklyn-based company Ripe Time’s “Sleep” (Nov. 29 through Dec. 2), based on the 1994 short story by Haruki Murakami, and Albert Camus’s “State of Siege” (Nov. 2-4), the New York premiere of a staging by the Théâtre de la Ville in Paris. 


Pina Bausch’s staging of “The Rite of Spring.”CreditZerrin Aydin Herwegh

Pina Bausch’s provocative and seminal 1975 staging of Stravinsky’s “The Rite of Spring” (Sept. 14-24) will be performed by her company, Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch, on a double bill with “Café Müller” (1978), also by Bausch, who died in 2009. 

Among the other dance highlights are works by John Heginbotham, Bill T. Jones and Hofesh Shechter. And “Tesseract,” a collaboration between the video artist Charles Atlas, who worked with Merce Cunningham (1919-2009), and the choreographers Rashaun Mitchell and Silas Riener, alumni of Cunningham’s company, will have its New York premiere Dec. 13-16.


Matthew Aucoin’s opera “Crossing,” which had its premiere in 2015 at American Repertory Theater in Cambridge, Mass.CreditGretjen Helene

Matthew Aucoin, the prodigious young composer, will present his opera “Crossing” (Oct. 3-8), which had its premiere in 2015 at the American Repertory Theater in Cambridge, Mass., in a New York production directed by the Tony winner Diane Paulus. The opera — which Mr. Aucoin conceived, wrote and will conduct — was called a “taut, teeming and inspired work” by Anthony Tommasini, The New York Times’s chief classical music critic.

The composers Michael Gordon, David Lang and Julia Wolfe plan to celebrate the 30th anniversary of their artistic partnership, Bang on a Can, with the evening-length program “Road Trip” (Oct. 27-28). And Gabriel Kahane will present the New York premiere of his song cycle “Book of Travelers” (Nov. 30 through Dec. 2), based on a two-week, 8,980-mile railway journey in which he met with dozens of strangers after the 2016 presidential election.

The Wordless Music Orchestra, which performs live soundtrack accompaniment for movie screenings, will return to the Brooklyn Academy for two events: to commemorate the 50th anniversary of “The Velvet Underground & Nico” (Nov. 16-17), and to celebrate the 75th birthday of John Cale, the musician who worked with composers like John Cage and Terry Riley, founded the Velvet Underground with Lou Reed in 1965 and produced pathbreaking albums like Patti Smith’s “Horses,” in 1975. (That concert is Nov. 18, though Mr. Cale’s birthday was March 9.)

The full lineup will be available soon at bam.org.

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