October's BAM Next Wave Line-up at Brand-New Fishman Space Announced

The brand new Fishman Space on Ashland Place will host five new productions in October.

The line-up for Brooklyn Academy of Music’s 30th Next Wave Festival has been announced for October shows at the – with two world premieres.

According to BAM, the mission of Next Wave is “to be the home of adventurous artists, audiences, and ideas.”

All tickets are $20 and each performance will be held at the BAM Fishman Space (BAM Richard B. Fisher Building, 321 Ashland Pl).

Paris Commune

Oct 3 – 6 at 7:30 p.m.; Oct 7 at 3 p.m.

In 1871, working-class Parisians overthrew the French government and declared Paris autonomous, and with this musical play – co-authored by The Civilians’ artistic director Steven Cosson and composer Michael Friedman (Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson) – the Brooklyn-based company brings these explosive events to life.

Brooklyn Bred

Oct 11 – 13 at 7:30 p.m., with each artist focused on a specific date.

Brooklyn Bred is a series of new, site-specific performance artworks by Coco Fusco (an electronic media and performance artist), Jennifer Miller (playwright, dancer and founder of Circus Amok), and Dread Scott (a sometimes controversial artist who works in installation, photography, screen printing, video, and performance). The showcase is curated by Martha Wilson, founding director of the Franklin Furnace, an organization dedicated to supporting art that may be vulnerable due to institutional neglect, its ephemeral nature, or its politically volatile content.


Oct 17 – 20 at 7:30 p.m.

ELSEWHERE, a “CelloOpera” featuring cellist Maya Beiser and vocalist Helga Davis, developed from a unique collaboration between Beiser and theater director Robert Woodruff. The performance incorporates sung and spoken text in tandem with amplified, distorted, and acoustic cello, and is an imaginative and psychological retelling of the biblical story of Lot’s wife through texts by Erin Cressida Wilson and Henri Michaux.

Out Cold / Zippo Songs

Oct 25 – 27 at 7:30 p.m.

Out Cold is a song cycle with music and lyrics by Phil Kline featuring vocalist Theo Bleckmann and the American Contemporary Music Ensemble. It takes its cue from Schubert's great romantic song cycle Winterreise (winter journey) as seen through the filter of Frank Sinatra's great torch song album Only the Lonely. Zippo Songs originated when Kline discovered the practice of scratching poems onto the sides of Zippo lighters by American GIs in Vietnam, and used that for inspiration.

red, black & GREEN: a blues

Oct 31 – Nov 3 at 7:30 p.m.; Nov 4 at 3 p.m.

A performance work and multimedia installation, red, black & GREEN: a blues grew out of the three- year community-based civic and artistic process of creating Marc Bamuthi Joseph’s “Life is Living Festivals.” The piece takes place within a modular set of row houses created by visual artist Theaster Gates from repurposed materials to represent four American cities: Oakland, New York, Houston, and Chicago. According to BAM, "the piece is a call to celebrate life and recognize sustainable survival practices in urban America as a catalyst for cultural and creative engagement."


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