November Next Wave Festival
November Next Wave Festival performances at BAM Fisher
The Object Lesson (Nov 5–8): physical theater artist Geoff Sobelle’s meditation on possessions, in the Edinburgh Fringe-award-winning The Object Lesson
Oxbow (Nov 13–15): Oxbow—a BAM commission by choreographer and 2014 BAM Fisher Artist-in-Residence Ivy Baldwin
Wayfinders (Nov 19–22): a staged song-cycle by singer/composer Holcombe Waller, exploring orientation
(Fishman Space, 321 Ashland Pl)
All tickets: $20
The Object Lesson NY Premiere
By Geoff Sobelle
Directed by David Neumann
Scenic/Installation design by Steven Dufala
Lighting design by Christopher Kuhl
Sound design by Nick Kourtides
Nov 5—8 at 7:30pm; Nov 8 at 2pm
"…a hugely enjoyable, highly intelligent, ultra-connected meditation on our attachment to the past…" —The Guardian
"…one of the finest finales I have ever seen. The Object Lesson is one of a kind." —The Times
In The Object Lesson theater artist Geoff Sobelle explores our relationship to "things" in an absurdist performance and elaborate immersive installation. Winner of the top three awards at the 2014 Edinburgh Fringe—the Scotsman Fringe First Award, the Total Theatre Award for Visual/Physical Theatre, and the Carol Tambor Best of Edinburgh Award—the production makes its New York premiere at the BAM 2014 Next Wave Festival.
Featuring floor to ceiling boxes filled with the stuff of a lifetime, The Object Lesson invites the audience to enter and unpack the trash and treasures within. Sobelle uses his possessions to explore the meaning and meaninglessness of our physical baggage in this meditation on the stuff we cling to and the crap we leave behind—whether we are breaking, buying, finding, fixing, giving, losing, winning, trading, selling, stealing, storing, collecting, packing up, passing on, or buried under.
For press information contact Sandy Sawotka, ssawotka@BAM.org, 718.636.4190
Ivy Baldwin Dance
Choreography by Ivy Baldwin
Music and sound design by Justin Jones
Additional music by Ryan Tracy
Set design by Wade Kavanaugh and Stephen B. Nguyen
Lighting design by Michael O'Connor
Costume design by Alice Ritter
Nov 13—15 at 7:30pm; Nov 16 at 3pm
"Ivy Baldwin has a wild imagination…"—The New York Times
Choreographer Ivy Baldwin celebrates her company’s 15th anniversary season and makes her BAM debut with Oxbow, a new work commissioned by BAM and incubated during Baldwin’s time as the 2014 BAM Fisher Artist in Residence. The evening-length dance created in collaboration with performers Anna Carapetyan, Lawrence Cassella, Eleanor Smith, Ryan Tracy, and Katie Workum features a score composed and mixed live by Justin Jones, and additional music composed and performed by Tracy. Set within a sculptural landscape created by installation artists Wade Kavanaugh and Stephen B. Nguyen and featuring costumes by Brooklyn-based fashion designer Alice Ritter, Oxbow—named for the bow-shaped lake formed in a former channel of a river—explores the inexorable nature of the two forces that contain us all: space and time, geology and chronology. The result is a unique and compelling work by an artist described by dance critic Deborah Jowitt as a "hunter-gatherer sort of choreographer—foraging for one thing, finding another, and mixing them together in weird, mysterious, and compelling ways until they have only misty affinities with their natural states."
For press information contact Adriana Leshko, aleshko@BAM.org, 718.724.8021
Wayfinders NY Premiere
Written and directed by Holcombe Waller
Musical direction by Benjamin Landsverk
Video design by Pablo N. Molina
Sound design by Casi Pacillio
Lighting design by Christopher Kuhl and Katelan Braymer
Scenic design by Erik Flatmo
Costume design by Camille Benda
Nov 19—22 at 7:30pm
An interdisciplinary troubadour, Holcombe Waller makes his BAM debut with the New York premiere of Wayfinders. This theatrically staged, evening-length song cycle investigates the literal and metaphysical ways we answer the enduring question: where am I? From ancient star-maps to auto navigation, Waller weaves sung stories, light, movement, and video in a shifting composition interpreted each evening by a five-piece chamber ensemble—exploring how the fundamental human experience of place, identity, and even death must transform in an increasingly online, mapped, and virtually-entwined world.
Photo: Geoff Sobelle in The Object Lesson © Jeremy Abrahams.