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Thursday, February 14, 2019

Rethinking Rameau: On Bringing Two Rarely Seen Opera-Ballets to the Stage

Rameau, maître à danser
Photo: Philippe Delval

By Sophie Daneman

Daphnis et Églé and La naissance d’Osiris—two unfamiliar titles, two works that have rarely seen the light of day. Setting them alongside Rameau’s immense tragédies-lyriques one might be tempted to dismiss them as flimsy entertainments, but on closer inspection they reveal a world full of charm, humanity, sensuality, and grace—products of a genius in his 70s with all the wealth of his life and art behind him. These are not pieces written for the opera houses of Paris but for the private, more intimate, court performances at Fontainebleau. Away from the glare of the Paris critics at a time when the musical world was in the throes of the tumultuous Querelle des Bouffons (a battle of musical rivals France and Italy), Rameau was able to experiment with more European styles and, despite the obvious constraints of space (possibilities for “les merveilles” being somewhat limited), there is a great sense of freedom that emanates from these scores—Rameau making his own journey through the culturally diverse world of the Age of Enlightenment.

Friday, February 8, 2019

Propose To Your Sweetheart at BAM and Say “Yes” to a Free Membership For Two




We’re all about love in its many iterations this Valentine’s Day season, whether it’s with a heart-filled art installation, a breathtaking display of trust, or a love-themed film series—so if you’re thinking of popping the question, do it at BAM between Feb 8—24 and you and your betrothed will receive a complimentary one year Level 2 BAM Membership! It’s our way of saying thank you for including us in such an exciting moment in your life. Here’s how to redeem the prize:

Thursday, February 7, 2019

In Context: Non Solus


“We return here thousandfold to understand the simplest teaching: we are one and the only creation of our progress is love,” writes Bence Vági, writer, director, choreographer, and founder of Hungary’s Recirquel Company. The company makes its BAM debut this season with Non Solus, a duet that exemplifies the young troupe’s unique blend of circus and dance—and Vági’s mission to revive the tradition of the great circuses of Europe while infusing it with a new movement vocabulary. After you've attended the show, let us know what you thought by posting in the comments below, and on social media using #NonSolus.

Monday, February 4, 2019

Beyond the Canon: Funeral Parade of Roses + The Crying Game

By Willow Maclay

It is no secret that the cinema canon has historically skewed toward lionizing the white, male auteur. Beyond the Canon is a monthly series that seeks to question that history and broaden horizons by pairing one much-loved, highly regarded, canonized classic with a thematically or stylistically-related—and equally brilliant—work by a filmmaker traditionally excluded from that discussion. This month’s double feature pairs Toshio Matsumoto’s Funeral Parade of Roses (1969) with Neil Jordan’s The Crying Game (1992) on Sat, Feb 16 at 4:15pm.

Friday, February 1, 2019

The Poetry That Became Non Solus


Before it was a breathtaking display of trust performed by two acrobatic figures searching for the truth of our commonality, Non Solus existed as several lines of poetry inspired by the vast emptiness and beauty of the Atacama desert in South America. There, Bence Vági (writer, director, and choreographer of Non Solus) found himself reflecting on the idea of connectedness.

Artist Christopher K. Ho’s Take on First Love



Visual artist Christopher K. Ho brings his site-specific carpet installation Dear John to the Peter Jay Sharp Building Feb 8—Feb 24, just in time for Valentine’s Day. We spoke with Ho about his approach to art-making, the inspiration behind this sprawling work, and his love of Taylor Swift.

Thursday, January 31, 2019

16 Years of Grupo Corpo at BAM

Brazilian dance troupe Grupo Corpo is no stranger to the BAM Howard Gilman Opera House stage. On Jan 31, the troupe returns to BAM for the fifth time for the US premiere of Bach & Gira, a two-piece performance that is both fresh and referential of Grupo Corpo’s decorated history and choreographer Rodrigo Pederneiras’ gift for boundary-pushing dance. Founded in 1975, Grupo Corpo sits at the forefront of Brazilian contemporary dance and is internationally renowned for blending idioms from modern dance and ballet with traditional Brazilian movement, while also continuing to challenge current understandings of how bodies relate to music and sound. Here’s a look back at 16 years of masterful performances.

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Fantástico! Your Guide to Eating, Drinking, and Playing Like a Brazilian in NYC

Renowned Brazilian dance troupe Grupo Corpo brings Bach & Gira, two wildly different works, to the Howard Gilman Opera House this weekend. Inspired by the rites of Umbanda, one of the most widely practiced Brazil-born religions, and featuring a soundtrack by the São Paulo band Metá Metá, Gira is an explosion of movement that is unmistakably Brazilian. The experience doesn’t have to begin and end with the performance, however. Here’s how to celebrate Brazilian culture all day long right here in NYC.

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

In Context: Bach & Gira

Photo: Jose Luiz Pederneiras

Brazil’s foremost contemporary dance troupe returns to BAM for the 5th time with Bach & Gira, a distinctive double bill that showcases the company's breadth. Like the company itself, the program foregrounds classical technique, traditional Afro-Brazilian movement, and a current choreographic language. Choreographer Rodrigo Pederneiras renders the baroque beautifully modern in Bach, set to Marco Antônio Guimarães’ interpretation of Bach. Then, the ensemble transports us to its home country with Gira, featuring a soundtrack by São Paulo band Metá Metá. Context is everything, so get even closer to the production with this curated selection of related content. After you've attended the show, let us know what you thought by posting in the comments below and on social media using #GrupoCorpo.

Friday, January 18, 2019

In Context: Ionesco Suite

Photo: Jean Luis Fernandez

A feat of repartee and wordplay from acclaimed director Emmanuel Demarcy-Mota and Théâtre de la Ville, Paris, Ionesco Suite comprises excerpts from the following plays: The Bald Soprano; The Lesson; Frenzy for Two, or More; Jack, or The Submission; and French Conversation and Diction Exercises for American Students, allowing audieno experience principal scenes and taste the tragicomic stylings of playwright Eugène Ionesco. 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 #Ionescosuite.