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BAM Next Wave 2023: Okwui Okpokwasili and Peter Born present "adaku, part 1: the road opens"

BAM Next Wave 2023: Okwui Okpokwasili and Peter Born present "adaku, part 1: the road opens"


Okwui Okpokwasili and Peter Born


Tuesday, November 28, 2023 - 7:30pm daily through December 2, 2023



Okwui Okpokwasili and Peter Born


adaku, part 1: the road opens
NOV 28—DEC 2, 2023

Created by Okwui Okpokwasili and Peter Born

Part of Next Wave 2023


With her resonant voice and formidable intensity, Okwui Okpokwasili creates dance theater that stirs the senses and vibrates the soul, rooted as much in the power and precision of speech as in movement. In collaboration with her longtime partner, the director Peter Born, Okpokwasili has bucked convention by embracing the impromptu, running fearlessly towards the unknown and establishing herself as “an expectation-confounding blend of authority and vulnerability” (The New York Times).

adaku, part 1: the road opens finds Okpokwasili and Born stepping into a new stage of their shared practice, crafting a thrumming, richly textured sonic and visual landscape. In this inaugural chapter of a larger speculative mythology, a precolonial African village stands at the cusp of a major upheaval as its community wrestles with a conflict that could alter the futures of all of its members. Okpokwasili and the ensemble enact a collective reckoning that explores the role of ritual and the fraught relationship between ancestors and future generations, facilitating an intimate exchange between the performers and the audience. 

Commissioned by BAM for the 2023 Next Wave and the Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston. Developed in residency at The Museum of Modern Art as part of the Hyundai Card Performance Series, 2023 Summer Stages Dance @ ICA/Boston, Brown Arts Institute at Brown University and the Mercury Store.


Fri Jun 16
BAM Members & Patrons
Tue Jul 11
General Public

Tue, Nov 28 at 7:30pm
Wed, Nov 29 at 7:30pm
Thu, Nov 30 at 7:30pm
Fri, Dec 1 at 7:30pm
Sat, Dec 2 at 7:30pm


BAM Fisher
Fishman Space


BAM Members & Patrons get first access and receive 20% off tickets through July 10. No promo code needed. All performances will adhere to protocols developed in accordance with New York State regulations and in consultation with medical professionals for the safety of our artists, audiences, and staff. 

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