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BAM Next Wave Festival Opens (Sept. 15 – Dec. 19, 2009)
 The 2009 BAM festival is scheduled to open with the production In-I by Juliette Binoche and Akram Khan, who visited Japan in March of this year, and features a program including Robert Lepage’s Lipsynch, 9-hour work that premiered in 2007 as a collaborative production with BAM and will be performed this time in three parts on consecutive nights; the William Forsythe work Decreation, the Meredith Monk and Ann Hamilton work Songs of Ascension, Robert Wilson’s production of Quartett (written by Heiner Müller), Inside Out by Sweden’s Cirkus Cirkör and the Philip Glass opera Kepler.

Other works on the music performance besides the Monk and Glass works mentioned above include performances by the music unit The National of twins Bryce and Aaron Dessner and the commissioned work The Long Count by Matthew Ritchie, as well as performances by the percussion quartet Sõ Percussion, the video artist Jenise Treuting and director Rinde Eckert’s Imaginary City, a work inspired by the Italo Calvino novel Invisible Cities but taking the form of a stage work presenting sound-centric aspects of the daily life of American cities. There is another ambitious commissioned work re-creating Antarctic soundscapes in the age of global warming titled Terra Nova: Sinfonia Antarctica, in which DJ Spooky uses sounds he gathered in Antarctica in a joint performance with International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE).

Almost all the productions will be accompanied by artist talks and Robert Wilson will present a discussion on Heiner MuNller with Tony Kuchner.

Festival Profile:
This is the festival organized by the Brooklyn Academy of Music, a highly respected arts center founded in 1861 and has long been a leading institution on the American avant-garde arts scene. Held over three months beginning in October each year it gathers a wide range of dance, theater, music and opera works from around the world.
 The festival was launched in 1983 as an extension of the avant-garde arts series begun in 1981 by the executive producer of BAM at the time, Harvey Lichtenstein. In addition to its presentations of works by top-flight artists such as Peter Brook, Robert Wilson, Philip Glass, Lucinda Childs and Pina Bausch, it is also known as the festival that has fostered the careers of several of today’s most active artists, such as Mark Morris and Robert Lepage. The current president of BAM is Karen Brooks Hopkins and the executive producer is Joseph V Melillo.
+BAM Next Wave Festival
Dates: Sept. 15 – Dec. 19, 2009
Venue: Brooklyn Academy of Music