DARK LARK, THE HUMANS and More Set for BAM's Nov 2013 Next Wave Festival Lineup
Next Wave Festival, BAM, Brooklyn Academy of Music
The BAM Next Wave Festival performances at the BAM Fisher continue this November with thought-provoking dance and theater offerings.
BAM's first-ever Artist-in-Residence Kate Weare Company expands on the choreographer's examination of sexuality in Dark Lark. The Humans, created by award-winning visual artist Alexandre Singh, tells the story of creation modeled on the comic writings of Aristophanes. Susan Marshall & Company returns to BAM with Play/Pause, an interdisciplinary exploration of the intersection of high art and popular culture. Designed as an intimate and flexible performance space for both emerging and established artists, the BAM Fisher became part of the BAM campus in the fall of 2012. All BAM Fisher Next Wave Festival tickets are $20.
Kate Weare Company Choreography by Kate Weare
Nov 6-9 at 7:30pm
Kate Weare Company, the inaugural BAM Fisher Artist-in-Residence, make its BAM debut with the New York premiere of Dark Lark. In this provocative new work, Weare draws and expands on her fascination with sexuality as a portal toward self- definition. Using imagery around fantasy and erotic imagination, Dark Lark explores how sexuality-and its potential for darkness-ultimately offers both a manifestation and an affirmation of creativity and self-awareness. An original cello score by Chris Lancaster accompanies Weare's dream-like, surrealist movement language in this evening-length work.
Founded in 2005, Kate Weare Company is a New York-based contemporary Dance Company known for its startling combination of formal choreographic values and visceral, emotional interpretation. As artistic director, Kate Weare cultivates the individuality of each of her dancers to unleash a chemistry onstage that is heartfelt and seductive. "Weare gets under the skin of movement with almost surgical exactness, inflames it, and then makes it glow with a strange, yet familiar light. No one else is making work quite like hers," wrote Deborah Jowitt in The Village Voice. The company made its name after winning The Joyce Theater Foundation's The AWARD Show in 2007, and has since been presented by the Joyce, New York City Center (Fall for Dance), Symphony Space, Joyce SoHo, Skirball Center, Joe's Pub (DancemOpolitan), Dance Theater Workshop, Dance New Amsterdam, and Danspace Project. Nationwide the company has been presented by Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival, American Dance Festival, Bates Dance Festival, ArtPower at UC San Diego, Dance Celebration Philadelphia, and ODC Theater, among others. Kate Weare Company has also been supported through artistic residencies awarded by The Joyce Theater Foundation Mellon Foundation Fellowship and Joyce SoHo Residency, The Princess Grace Foundation, Dance New Amsterdam's A.I.R. Program, ODC Theater, MANCC, Jacob's Pillow, NDF, NEFA, The Greenwall Foundation, and The O'Donnell-Green Music and Dance Foundation, among others.
Talk: Members of Kate Weare Company
Nov 8, post-show (free for same-day ticket holders)
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BAM and Performa present
Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art Written and directed by Alexandre Singh
Choreography by Flora Sans
Music by Touki Delphine
Costume design by Holly Waddington Lighting design by Guus van Geffen
Nov 13-16 at 7:30pm; Nov 17 at 3pm
Created by British award-winning visual artist Alexandre Singh, The Humans tells the story of two spirits named Tophole and Pantalingua, who would rather see the Earth not created. The work is modeled on the comic writings of Aristophanes and set during the dawn of time and space. In a battle against the egomaniacal Creator, Tophole and Pantalingua conspire their way to an accidental Paradise Lost, ultimately corrupting the eponymous humans-portrayed as a vast, songful, and statuesque Greek chorus-into the flawed mortals we are today.
Incorporating music, theater, sculpture, Nesquik bunnies and Greco-Roman masks The Humans is a highly collaborative and multi-dimensional work featuring choreography by Flora Sans, costumes by Holly Waddington, music by Touki Delphine (with Amir Vahidi, Annelinde Bruijs, and Robbert Klein), light design by Guus van Geffen, and masks and set design by Alexandre Singh.
Alexandre Singh is a native of Bordeaux who currently lives and works in New York. His work utilizes multiple sources and heterogeneous tales favoring analogies and the emergence of a new reality and arborescence. His texts, performances, plays, and installations characteristically include eclectic mass cultural references ranging from Ikea catalogues to the Essays of Montaigne, H.P Lovecraft to Walt Disney, and scientific imagery to Cicero and Aristophanes. His work has been presented at the Centre National des Arts Plastiques, Frac des Pays de la Loire, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, and the Museum of Modern Art, among others.