Brooklyn Academy Of Music (BAM) Announces 2018 Next Wave Festival

By: May. 21, 2018

Joseph V. Melillo, executive producer of the Brooklyn Academy Of Music (BAM), today announced programming for the 2018 Next Wave Festival. The festival runs from October 3 through December 23 and comprises music, opera, theater, physical theater, dance, film/music, and performance art engagements in the BAM Howard Gilman Opera House, BAM Harvey Theater, and BAM Fisher. This year's festival will be the final Next Wave curated by Melillo; he will also program BAM's 2019 Winter/Spring season before stepping down at the end of 2018 after 35 years of artistic leadership at BAM.

BAM Executive Producer Joseph V. Melillo said, "It is with immense pride and gratitude that I share the programming for my final BAM Next Wave Festival. The original Next Wave concept, envisioned by Harvey Lichtenstein, remains vital and dynamic. This year's festival features works by local and global artists across artistic genres, with new work by artists including Ted Hearne, Sasha Waltz, and Michelle Dorrance; landmark revivals-including a new production of Satyagraha; the return of companies including Cheek by Jowl, Circa, Siti Company, and Wordless Music; as well as a number of BAM debuts. The season comprises a broad array of wondrous personal expression and unique artistic perspectives."

BAM President Katy Clark said, "The Next Wave continually presents adventurous work of astounding breadth and quality. I'd like to pay tribute to and thank my colleague Joe Melillo, who has produced 35 unforgettable Next Wave seasons, introducing New Yorkers to artistic work that delights, questions, and introduces a range of ideas and experiences. I'd like to thank Bloomberg Philanthropies, our longtime season sponsor, who make our robust Next Wave programming possible, and all of our donors for their much appreciated support."

2018 Next Wave Festival subscriptions are on sale June 19 (June 12 for BAM Members). Single tickets for all Next Wave Festival shows go on sale Aug 9 (Aug 2 for BAM Members). To purchase tickets visit or contact BAM Ticket Services at 718.636.4100.