|Kate Weare Company. Photo: Keira Heu-Jwyn Chang|
- Variety. Dance, music, theater, and multi-genre events are equally at home in the Fisher.
- Proximity. It offers unbeatable, arm's-length views of work that rewards an up-close experience from each of the theater’s 250 (or fewer) seats.
- Affordability. Tickets are $20, and for DanceMotion USA(sm), free.
- Access. The lobby is at street level at 321 Ashland Place, and the theater doors are situated just inside for simple access.
- Flexibility. In the 2012 Next Wave, seats were on one, two, three, and four sides, in addition to zero seats, at least regulation theater style—they were stowed to make room for 60 rocking chairs, and for another show, the theater was converted into a laser pointer gallery. Plus, the balcony offers a totally different point of view. In the 2013 Next Wave Festival, all configurations will again be employed, some described with words like “tennis court” and “runway.”
2013 Next Wave Festival at the Fisher
Come fall, dance lovers rejoice! Four companies make BAM debuts; two return (in addition to the companies in the two larger theaters). In Dark Lark, BAM’s first dance artist-in-residence, Kate Weare, expresses the complexity of inner life and relationships through pliant movement. In Run Don’t Run, 2013 Guggenheim Fellow Brian Brooks applies his distinctive mad scientist/triathlete take to the genre, plus eye-popping visuals. Tere O’Connor, equally nimble with the formal and conceptual, throws it down in the ambitious Bleed, layering three disparate dances. And in Dark Theater, John Heginbotham feeds inspiration from a Dada ballet into his own often humorous formal structure.
The Fisher has quickly developed a following among BAM cognoscenti eager to see how different artists will utilize its unlimited flexibility. If you haven’t, check the schedule at BAM.org and come join the ranks of the culturally curious.