ONSTAGE | news FALL PREVIEW
of Music’s Next
Packed with cutting-edge choreography,
the Next Wave Festival is bursting at the
seams this fall. Five artists return, each
following their own wave of unorthodoxy:
Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker, Reggie
Wilson, Jonah Bokaer, John Jasperse and
Nora Chipaumire. But NWF also includes
several risk-taking artists new to the Brooklyn
Academy of Music. Faye Driscoll’s Thank
You For Coming: Play is not at all polite:
It can seem to destabilize the very floor
underneath the dancers—and the audience.
Shen Wei’s cooler sensibility joins the spare
music of Morton Feldman’s opera Neither
to a brief libretto by Samuel Beckett.
ZviDance’s On the Road is inspired by Jack
Kerouac’s famously funky beat novel. And
as part of the new Brooklyn-Paris Exchange,
the wily duo Company Wang Ramirez
intertwines opposites in a dreamscape of
feints and head spins in their Monchichi. To
bring us back to a hard-hitting reality, Kyle
Abraham’s Pavement surges through urban
scenes that sometimes hint at police brutality.
Sept. 7–Dec. 18, Brooklyn, New York.
bam.org. —Wendy Perron
What does Nederlands Dans Theater look
like now that it no longer perfoms the work
of longtime director/choreographer Jiří
Kylián? Big Apple audiences will learn this
fall when the company presents four U.S.
premieres. The dancers’ musicality will be
evident in demanding works like Sol Léon
and Paul Lightfoot’s Safe as Houses and
Stop-Motion, in which they fold into inventive
contortions and rapidly change formations.
Marco Goecke’s Woke up Blind, full of
angular shapes, arms moving vibrantly and
couples frantically interacting, shows off
the dancers’ flexibility. In Crystal Pite’s The
Statement, NDT brings the drama with their
signature contemporary moves. Based on
Jonathan Young’s poem, the piece seeks to
turn the power dynamics of corporate office
life into art. New York City Center. Nov. 16–19.
nycitycenter.org. —Helma Klooss
13 DANCE MAGAZINE
Nine premieres, festivals and notable shows
hitting the stage September through December
Faye Driscoll’s Thank
You For Coming: Play
Woke up Blind
tours to NYC