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Wednesday, September 9, 2015

In Context: TAPE

TAPE, choreographer Kenneth Kvarnström's duct tape-delineated po-mo mashup up of modern dance and baroque music, comes to BAM on September 23. Context is everything, so get even closer to the production with this curated selection of articles and videos related to the show. After you've attended the show, let us know what you thought below and by posting on social media using #Kvarnstrom.

Curator's Note

BAM Executive Producer Joseph V. Melillo discusses his selection of Kenneth Kvarnström's TAPE for the 2015 Next Wave Festival.

Program Notes


Watch & Listen

Excerpts from Kenneth Kvarnstöm's YOUMAKEME (YouTube)
Human miming and mirroring inspired this work by the TAPE choreographer.

Excerpts from Kenneth Kvarnstöm's Destruction Song II (YouTube)
Dystopian stylings, shot in beautiful black and white.

Jonas Nordberg Plays the Theorbo (YouTube)
The TAPE music curator and performer plays a baroque work on the lute's giraffe-necked cousin.


NWF: Next Wave Fashion (BAM blog)
Learn more about Astrid Olsson's design collaboration with the company (including the extra-roomy trousers she designed for each dancer).

"The Woman Who Invented Duct Tape" (
While serving in WWI, Verna Stoudt's sons struggled to get their ammo cases open. So she fixed the problem.

Now your turn...

What did you think? Are baroque music and modern dance happy bedfellows? Thinking about reviving your acid-washed wardrobe? Tell us what's on your mind in the comments below and on social media using #Kvarnstrom.


  1. Elegance is what this exquisite rendition of string baroque pieces and the angular yet fluid movements of the choreography have in common. TAPE will make you forget when and where you are. Only sparks of humor bring you back to here and now, but for a moment, and you don't mind. Refreshingly authentic and truly intimate experience.

  2. So wisely crafted and deeply felt--thank you.

  3. I chose this performance because it involved duct tape and live baroque music. I also love Nordic culture so that was an added plus. I arrived expecting a bit of a romp, and at times that's exactly what I found. There were delightfully humorous moments when the dancers broke the fourth wall and spoke to us. There were dancers applying duct tape to the floor, which often constrained the movement. There were distinctive costumes designed by Astrid Olsson. There was gorgeous baroque music -- lute, guitar, and theorbo -- played onstage by Jonas Nordberg. What I loved most of all, however, was the exquisite choreography and the graceful talent of each and every one of the dancers. I also loved how the dancers interacted with Jonas as he played his instruments. The duct tape, in the end, felt more like an unnecessary gimmick. The performance could have held its own without it. (BTW, the above link about the woman who invented duct tape was fascinating! So glad you included that, BAM!)


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