Living in Brooklyn gives you an automatic leg up when it comes to spotting the next big thing. The name of the new band is on everyone’s lips. The season’s must-read is right across the subway car on your morning commute. An out-there new gallery around the corner is always putting up a show. The annual BAM Next Wave Festival though? That’s like having friends all over the world curate a list of the best emerging choreographers, directors, composers and playwrights, and then arrange to have them perform their newest works in Brooklyn each fall. It’s all the next big things.
Now in its 31st season, this fall’s Next Wave line-up is a headily diverse mix of dance, music, opera, film and theater, with 34 productions from 13 countries going up at BAM from Sept. 17-Dec.22. Brooklyn-based artists are heavily represented, including choreographer Reggie Wilson’s Moses(es), Jem Cohen’s We Have An Anchor, Fred Ho’s The Sweet Science Suite, Ain Gordon’s Not What Happened, Kate Weare Company, Dance Heginbotham, as well as artists performing in Electronium and 21c Liederabend, op. 3.
It’s hard to overstate just how weird and wonderful Next Wave is. This is a program that features an opera based on the life and times of Anna Nicole Smith, a new dance piece from the ever transcendent Bill T. Jones, and a Polish theater group breathing new life into Nosferatu. On Oct. 25 and 26, Questlove returns to BAM for Electronium—an all-star mash-up that celebrates pioneering works of electronic music. Electronic composer Dan Deacon, DJ-composer Jeremy Ellis, R&B singer-producer Tom Krell, avant-R&B outfit Sonnymoon, and conductor Andrew Cyr & Metropolis Ensemble will join to sample and deconstruct seminal recordings by everyone from Robert Moog and Raymond Scott to Stevie Wonder and George Clinton into a feverishly modern new playlist.
The art may be out there, but Next Wave ticket prices are totally accessible, with seats as low as $20 or $25 for every event. You’ll also save if you go all in and become a season ticket holder–buy tickets to four or more productions and save 20% on your order, 30% if you order seven or more tickets.
We have two tickets to give away to the New York premiere of Not What Happened, a new play written by Ain Gordon at BAM Fisher. Just email us with your preferred date: Sept. 25-28 at 7:30pm, or Sept. 29 at 3pm.