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A Brooklyn Tribute To Amiri Baraka At BAMcafe

Julia Wolfe Premieres 'Steel Hammer' Version of John Henry Legend at Next Wave Festival >>

Julia Wolfe is premiering her 2009 folklore drama 'Steel Hammer' at BAM from December 2-6. The work centers around John Henry and is part of 2015's Next Wave Festival.

Arthur Russell

Arthur Russell Tribute at BAM to Feat. Scissor Sister Jake Shears, Arcade Fire's Richard Reed Parry and Dev Hynes >>

Following the release of Master Mix: Red Hot + Arthur Russell tribute album featuring Hot Chip, Sufjan Stevens, Phosphorescent, Blood Orange and 16 more via Red Hot Organization and Yep Roc; BAM is hosting an evening of performances in honor of the late composer, cellist and electronic musician. Paying tribute to Russell is Devonté Hynes, Richard Reed Parry, Jake Shears of the Scissor Sisters, Sam Amidon, Cults, Lonnie Holley, Redding Hunter, Little Scream, Thao Nguyen of Thao & The Get Down Stay Down and Rubblebucket.

Lesley Manville

Henrik Ibsen's 'Ghosts' Comes to BAM >>

The Brooklyn Academy of Music will be adapting the iconic Henrik Ibsen play, "Ghosts," as a part of their 2015 Winter/Spring season. The performance has been adapted and directed by Richard Eyre.

The Iceman Cometh

Nathan Lane and Brian Dennehy Star in 'The Iceman Cometh' at BAM >>

The Goodman Theater’s renowned, four-act epic drama "The Iceman Cometh" is coming to the Brooklyn Academy of Music for a six-week engagement. The show stars Tony Award winners Nathan Lane and Brian Dennehy in the revival of Eugene O’Neill’s portrait of hope and disillusionment.

Kim Gordon

Sonic Youth's Kim Gordon to Talk at BAM, Book Signing for New Memoir >>

Kim Gordon, founder and bassist of the iconic rock band Sonic Youth, will be holding a talk at BAM titled “Unbound: Kim Gordon” in conjunction with the release her new memoir "Girl in a Band." Following will be a book signing.

John Carpenter

John Carpenter Releases 'Lost Themes': Appearance at BAM, Claims to Have Raised Dave Davies's Son >>

The rise of John Carpenter has come for all you horror fans. Well, I guess many would say it never really left. After the release of his first album "Lost Themes," Carpenter will be making a rare appearance Feb. 5 at the Brooklyn Academy of Music to celebrate the album's release. Recently, he has been speaking to outlets about his musical process, his inspirations and his godson, Daniel Davies, son of Dave Davies of The Kinks, who Carpenter claims to have raised!

David Byrne

David Byrne Pairs Musicians With High School Color Guards in 'Contemporary Color' >>

Talking Heads founder David Byrne is presenting a new show "Contemporary Color," which pairs various musicians with high school color guard teams. Kelis, St. Vincent, Dev Hynes, Nelly Furtado and Nico Muhly with Ira Glass will all be performing at the four productions.

Valery Gergiev and  Vladimir Putin

Protest Against Valery Gergiev Continued in Ann Arbor This Weekend >>

Protests against the Mariinsky Theatre’s Valery Gergiev display no signs of stopping anything soon. Demonstrators in Ann Arbor, Michigan, carried signs and laid on pavement outside the Hill Auditorium Saturday to protest the director's relationship with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Meredith Monk Performs 'On Behalf of Nature' at BAM, Sings for Audiences at Home in Minute Long Video

Meredith Monk Performs 'On Behalf of Nature' at BAM, Sings for Audiences at Home in Minute Long Video >>

For Meredith Monk, her unique blend of singer/dancer meditations for the stage, 'On Behalf of Nature,' is just another phase in her slow-evolution as an artist -- the portrait of which can be found in her long career but also in her most recent endeavors.


Harkness Foundation Donates $5 Million in Grants for 5 Important Dance Organizations, >>

It has been announced that The Harkness Foundation for Dance will donate $5 million in grants to five organizations that are considered of importance to the dance world.

Sufjan Stevens

Sufjan Stevens Scores New Rodeo Documentary 'Round-Up' at BAM >>

Indie singer-songwriter Sufjan Stevens will be presenting the world premiere of his new documentary Round-Up at the Brooklyn Academy of Music from Jan. 20 to 25. Stevens’s new BAM-commissioned work will be a part of the company's 2015 winter/spring season. This will fall in line with his previous pieces that have premiered: "Planetarium," which appeared at BAM in the 2013 winter/spring season, and "The BQE," which was a part of 2007’s Next Wave series. In "Round-Up," Stevens turns his gaze to the rodeo, in all its bull-riding, calf-roping and barrel-racing glory. With slow-motion footage shot by sibling filmmakers Aaron and Alex Craig at the 2013 Pendleton Round-Up in Oregon, "Round-Up" is a musical and cinematic portrait of a classic American tradition. The piece will be shown on the Sternberg Screen and will featuring a score by Stevens on electronics and new-music ensemble Yarn/Wire performing piano and percussion.

Douglas Dunn & Dancers

Douglas Dunn & Dancers Present 'Aidos' at BAM >>

Douglas Dunn & Dancers will present the world premiere of "Aidos" at the Brooklyn Academy of Music in February. "Aidos" is a new work by Douglas Dunn and is characterized as a highly stylized and elegant piece. Douglas Dunn & Dances describe the performance as a piece that allows Aidos, the Greek goddess of shame, to appear as a split personality danced by two 6-foot-tall women: Jin Ju Song-Begin and Jessica Martineau. Their ongoing duel, juxtaposed against six more affiliated dancers, is the focal point of the general suggestion of dance display as inherently embarrassing. The beauty of the Bach Suites played live by Ha-Yang Kim and the sleek black and gold costumes by Andrew Jordan keep the mordant theme from shredding the luxuriant texture of the hour-long dance. Dunn has been dancing and choreographing for 43 years and formed Douglas Dunn & Dancers in 1976. He stands out because of his collaborations with poets, painters, sculptors, musicians, composers and playwrights to help offer the audience a multifaceted theater experience. He has set pieces for the Paris Opera Ballet and composed numerous outdoor and site-specific events. For his work, he has won many awards, including a Guggenheim, a Bessie and Chevalier in the Ordres des Arts et des Lettres.

Mariinsky at BAM

Mariinsky Theatre, Valery Gergiev Performing Two-Week Residency at BAM: 'Swan Lake' & 'Cinderella,' Shchedrin's 'Wanderer' & Chopin's 'Dances' >>

After a four-year absence from New York, the world-renowned St. Petersburg’s Mariinsky Theatre has announced a two-week residency at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, kicking off BAM's 2015 winter/spring season.

John Carpenter

Filmmaker John Carpenter Released Debut Album 'Lost Themes,' Movie Screening, Talk at BAM >>

The king of all things horror, John Carpenter, will be releasing his first album "Lost Themes" via Sacred Bones Records. Carpenter also revealed that he will release a digital edition featuring exclusive remixes by Zola Jesus and Dean Hurley, Blanck Mass, Bill Kouligas, Silent Servant, ohGr (Skinny Puppy) and J.G. Thirlwell. Additionally, Carpenter will be making a rare New York appearance at the Brooklyn Academy of Music Feb. 5 to celebrate the release of his debut album. He will be joined by Brooke Gladstone, host of NPR’s "On the Media," for a wide-ranging discussion about his legendary film career and his musical endeavors. Boasting “one of the most consistent and coherent bodies of work in modern cinema” (Kent Jones, "Film Comment"), Carpenter injects B-movie genres — horror, sci-fi, action — with the bravura stylistic technique of classical Hollywood giants like Howard Hawks, John Ford and Alfred Hitchcock and composes the scores for nearly all his films. "Lost Themes" features music that could easily compliment any of his well-known thrillers. In conjunction with his BAM appearance, the academy will be presenting a monthlong retrospective titled “John Carpenter: Master of Fear.” The film series includes Carpenter's best-known films such as "Halloween," "The Thing," "Escape from New York" and "Starman" as well as lesser-known gems like "Assault on Precinct 13" and "They Live."

Juliette Binoche

Juliette Binoche "Antigone" Full Cast Announced, International Tour on Tap After March 2015 London Run >>

The Oscar-winning French actress will take on the title role in a new English translation of Sophocles' tragedy.

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