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BAM Announces 2008 Next Wave Festival

Brooklyn Academy Of Music (BAM) Announces 2008 Next Wave Festival-featuring eighteen engagements, Sept 30-Dec 20.

Six international dance engagements:
Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company-in its 25th anniversary season-returns to BAM with the N.Y. premiere of A Quarreling Pair
 
Australia's leading indigenous dance company, Bangarra Dance Theatre, returns with Awakenings, a reflection on Aboriginal rituals and wisdom

Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker and Rosas explore their artistic connection to the music of Steve Reich-in a program featuring two U.S. premieres

Montreal's La La La Human Steps performs the N.Y. premiere of Amjad, a contemporary homage to ballet's Swan Lake and Sleeping Beauty

Brooklyn's Urban Bush Women and Senegal's all-male Compagnie Jant-Bi join forces for Les ecailles de la memoire (The scales of memory), presented in its N.Y. premiere.

Pina Bausch's Tanztheater Wuppertal returns to BAM with the exclusive U.S. engagement of Bamboo Blues-an ode to the dance and culture of India.

Four visceral Theater Productions:
Sunken Red-a mesmerizing theater soliloquy-in its U.S. premiere-from Belgium and The Netherlands' Toneelhuis & ro Theaters-based on the story of Jeroen Brouwers' childhood experience in a Japanese prison camp.

Gisli Örn Gardarsson directs Iceland's Vesturport Theatre in a dynamic premiere production of Buchner's Woyzeck, featuring music from Nick Cave and Warren Ellis.

The Builders Association returns to BAM with the N.Y. premiere of Continuous City, a multimedia exploration of modern communication technology and its impact on human relationships.

Ivo van Hove directs his company Toneelgroep Amsterdam-in their N.Y. debut-in a U.S. premiere staging of John Cassavetes' award-winning 1977 film, Opening Night.

An enthralling nouveau cirque engagement:
France's acclaimed Compagnie 111 make its BAM debut in Les sept planches de la ruse (The Seven Boards of Skill) -a physical theater piece inspired by the ancient Chinese game of tangram-presented in its U.S. premiere.

Four exciting musical events:
BAM's second annual New Voices from Spain program features an evening with Latin alternative group Huecco.

ETHEL's Truckstop™: The Beginning highlights the string quartet's residencies and regional collaborations with master musicians of the American vernacular.

Composer/performer Daniel Bernard Roumain (DBR) returns with a Next Wave Festival Commission, Darwin's Meditation for The People of Lincoln-an exploration of the relationship between Abraham Lincoln and Charles Darwin-created with playwright Daniel Beaty.

Red Hot + Rio 2 celebrates the legacy of Brazil's Samba Soul movement in a multi-night concert engagement featuring Bebel Gilberto, CeU, Curumin, Otto, Jose Gonzalez, and others to be announced.

Three engaging music/Theater Productions:
Taiwan's revered U Theatre returns to BAM with Meeting with Bodhisattva-a multidisciplinary tale of one man's path to wisdom.

Composer Douglas J. Cuomo and Music-Theatre Group make their BAM debut with Arjuna's Dilemma, a staged, cross-cultural chamber opera adapted from the Hindu epic, Bhagavad Gita.

Lightning at our feet reunites composer Michael Gordon with Ridge Theater director Bob McGrath, filmmaker Bill Morrison, and visual artist Laurie Olinder in a song cycle inspired by the poems and letters of Emily Dickinson.

Complemented by film, artist talks, music, and visual arts events.



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