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Friday, November 17, 2017

What's Home?

Geoff Sobelle’s HOME, in which a house is constructed, is at the BAM Harvey from Dec 6—10. Sobelle answered some questions from Christian Barclay.

Photo: Maria Baranova


What drew you to the idea of exploring the relationship between “house” and “home”? 

When I first starting thinking about HOME, I was on the heels of my last independent work, The Object Lesson (2014 Next Wave). I was looking for a subject that everyone could relate to. No matter where you’re from or your current situation, I would imagine that just about everyone is concerned with their housing and their sense of “home.”

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Tesseract—Q&A with Rashaun Mitchell & Silas Riener

Tesseract, a work by Charles Atlas, Rashaun Mitchell, and Silas Riener at the BAM Harvey Theater from Dec 13—16, is in two parts: a 3D dance film, and a live performance with video. The three artists all worked with Merce Cunningham. Rashaun Mitchell and Silas Riener answered some questions from Susan Yung.

Charles Atlas. Photo: Mick Bello

Can you talk about the visual concepts and costumes in the film? Were there any specific sources or influences?

The visual design is based on a spectrum of ideas ranging from exposed and conspicuous imagery to notions of concealment and camouflage. There’s a foundation question about how bodies might exist in different environments, how we might assimilate or rebel in a given setting. We explore the disembodiment of shape in abstract geometry and how it might refer back to something on a body, a landscape. We found anchors in Flatland: A Romance of Many Dimensions, a satirical 1880s novel and animated film of politics set in a geometrical universe, the low-budget film Cube 2: Hypercube, a futuristic experiment where the participants are in a disorienting cube that keeps changing.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Bangsokol—Never Forget

Him Sophy composed music for Bangsokol—directed/designed by director Rithy Panh, with libretto by Trent Walker—at the BAM Howard Gilman Opera House on Dec 15 & 16. Sophy answered some questions from Sarah Garvey.

Photo: Tey Tat Keng
How did the idea for doing a requiem like this come about? Was it a recent idea or is it something that you have wanted to do for a while?

After the 2008 world premiere of my opera Where Elephants Weep, I started to think of what would be my next composition. At that time, one of my dear American friends, Mr. Charley Todd, who is the co-founder of Cambodian Living Arts, came to me with an idea for a new musical work: how can we commemorate the two million Cambodian people who were killed during the civil war and during the genocidal regime of Pol Pot? Indeed, in Cambodia there hasn’t been a symphonic piece of music honoring these souls in Bangsokol.

Monday, November 13, 2017

In Context: John Cale: The Velvet Underground & Nico



The inveterate experimentalist celebrates 75 years, performing selections from his legendary career, including his landmark work with the Velvet Underground, the baroque pop perfection of Paris 1919, and beyond. Context is everything, so get even closer to the production with this curated selection of related articles and videos. After you've attended the show, let us know what you thought by posting in the comments below and on social media using #BAMNextWave.

Friday, November 10, 2017

In Context: 17c


Big Dance Theater returns to BAM Nov 14—18 with 17c, a dizzy intertextual romp through the diaries of famed 17th-century philanderer Samuel Pepys and his tragic wife Bess

Context is everything, so get even closer to the production with this curated selection of related articles and videos. After you've attended the show, let us know what you thought by posting in the comments below and on social media using #BAMNextWave.

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

What is Love?

David Dorfman Dance. Photo by Aundre Larrow.
What does it mean to love—in spite, or perhaps because of, the violence and strife in the world?
How can the body be used as a political force? How can dance artists shake things up and enable people to see other possibilities for themselves?

We asked choreographer David Dorfman and his company these very questions on the occasion of their latest work, Aroundtown, part of the 2017 Next Wave Festival. Read on for their responses, paired with portraits by photographer Aundre Larrow, before seeing the piece at the BAM Harvey Theater through Nov 11.

Monday, November 6, 2017

In Context: Aroundtown



David Dorfman Dance returns to BAM Nov 8—11 with Aroundtown, a new work that explores the question: What if real love means really being around?

Context is everything, so get even closer to the production with this curated selection of related articles and videos. After you've attended the show, let us know what you thought by posting in the comments below and on social media using #BAMNextWave.

Sunday, November 5, 2017

In Context: A Billion Nights on Earth


When a treasured object goes missing, real-life father and son actors (Michael and Winslow Fegley) must rely on their own creativity, and each other, to survive a world of wild landscapes—and still make it back home. Context is everything, so get even closer to A Billion Nights on Earth with this curated selection of related articles and videos. After you've attended the show, let us know what you thought by posting in the comments below and on social media using #BAMNextWave.

Friday, November 3, 2017

In Context: Man to Man



Become what you can’t afford to lose: that’s the solution of the troubled protagonist in Wales Millennium Centre’s riveting production of playwright Manfred Karge’s 1982 masterpiece based on true events, in a new translation by Alexandra Wood. Context is everything, so get even closer to the production with this curated selection of related articles and videos. After you've attended the show, let us know what you thought by posting in the comments below and on social media using #BAMNextWave.

Thursday, November 2, 2017

In Context: Grand Finale



Israeli choreographer Hofesh Shechter’s latest work conjures the bleak and beautiful contradictions of our ever-collapsing universe, featuring his own pulsating original score performed live onstage. Context is everything, so get even closer to the production with this curated selection of related articles and videos. After you've attended the show, let us know what you thought by posting in the comments below and on social media using #BAMNextWave.