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Wednesday, November 14, 2018

In Context: Voyage of Time

Voyage of Time, director Terrence Malick’s love letter to the universe, is a visually expansive, emotionally impactful meditation on the origins of human life, creativity, and connection. The #BAMNextWave screening will feature an immersive live score from Wordless Music Orchestra and narration from Baby Driver actress Lily James. Context is everything, so we’ve provided a curated selection of articles and videos for you to engage with before seeing the piece. After you’ve attended the show, let us know what you thought by posting in the comments below and on social media using #BAMNextWave.

Program Notes

Voyage of Time (PDF)


Where to Begin with Terrence Malick (
Director Terrence Malick’s filmography probes into the core of human nature, asking questions about our ‘place in the enormity of the universe’ through rapturous visuals and distinct storytelling. Before seeing Voyage of Time, dive into this primer of his work from the British Film Institute.

‘The Tree of Life’ Unfurls, With a Live Orchestra and Choir (The New York Times)
Wordless Music Orchestra is no stranger to Terrence Malick’s filmography. The group performed a live score alongside the director’s 2011 epic The Tree of Life to much critical acclaim, including this beautiful write-up from the New York Times.

The Not-So-Secret Life of Terrence Malick (Texas Monthly)
Terrence Malick’s personal life is shrouded in mystery, and while parallels between the narratives in his films and his upbringing do exist, more universal interrogations of humanity tie his work together.

Terrence Malick’s Metaphysical Journey Into Nature (New Yorker)
At its center, Voyage of Time searches “for the emotional and aesthetic energy that gives rise to [...] the urge for discovery and creation.”

Watch & Listen

Terrence Malick’s Obsessions (Youtube)
Break down the recurring, lush, and impactful visual motifs that make director Terrence Malick’s work immediately recognizable.

Wordless Music Orchestra - Never Tear Us Apart (INXS cover) at Sydney Opera House (Youtube)
Wordless Music Orchestra, which will provide a live score for the #BAMNextWave screening of Voyage of Time, is known for pushing the boundaries of orchestral composition in their work. Their performance at Sydney Opera House closed with a reimagined cover of Australian classic 'Never Tear Us Apart' in tribute to legendary rock band INXS.

Lily James: My Life In Movies (Youtube)
Actress Lily James (Downton Abbey, Mamma Mia), will provide live narration for the #BAMNextWave screening of Voyage of Time. James is no stranger to the cinema and gives a rundown of her favorite London movie moments in this interview with Time Out.

Now your turn...

How did you enjoy the show? Likes? Dislikes? Surprises? Tell us what’s on your mind in the comments below and on social media using #BAMNextWave.

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  1. Things were fine until the show ended and I went to take the escalator to the bathrooms. I was told I could not, that I had to take the elevator (they had long lines) or the stairs, which I did to the third floor!! It was a fucking outrage that I could not, after paying $170 for two tickets, use the simplest BAM bathroom at the end of the show. I don't care if you have special events; you need to manage them better. I felt like a second class person, and I am still really angry. I came from around Columbia University and was treated like a homeless person. Amazing, frankly, that this is allowed.

    1. The escalator is configured to go down at the end of the show, obviously to facilitate the quick exit of the crowd. What do you expect, for them to reverse it just for you? Get over yourself. There are real injustices in life. The money you spent - which we all paid too, by the way - doesn’t entitle you to be a jerk. No need to be treated like a second class citizen when your behavior here is so classless.

      The show was lovely!

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