BAM Announces a Dance-Heavy Season

The Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) has announced its upcoming season, featuring a diverse lineup of performances and events. Some highlights include the New York premiere of a dance work by Mark Morris, a film retrospective of actor Jeffrey Wright, and a rock opera by performance artist Taylor Mac.

Taylor Mac’s “Bark of Millions,” a queer musical-opera-variety show, will feature music by Matt Ray, choreography by Faye Driscoll, and extravagant costume designs by Machine Dazzle. This production is set to run from Feb. 5 to Feb. 10. According to Amy Cassello, BAM’s interim artistic director, this season is filled with ambitious and unique offerings that can’t be found anywhere else in the city.

Mark Morris’s “The Look of Love” will also be part of the lineup, paying homage to composer Burt Bacharach and featuring musical arrangements by jazz pianist Ethan Iverson.

In addition to these performances, other dance offerings include the return of DanceAfrica under the artistic direction of Abdel R. Salaam, as well as the return of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater for its second year at BAM.

The season will also include the Long Play Festival, Bang on a Can’s classical music festival, and the L.G.B.T.Q. Artists Archive Project, an exhibition honoring pioneering downtown artists who have shaped New York over the past 35 years.

BAM has faced challenges recently, including staff layoffs and programming reductions as it tries to close a “sizable structural deficit.” The departure of its former artistic director, David Binder, also contributed to the organization’s challenges.

Despite these challenges, BAM’s upcoming season is a deliberate and diverse offering, with something for everyone to enjoy.

Historic Background:
BAM has a long-standing reputation as a home for innovative and boundary-pushing performances. The academy has been a staple of New York’s performing arts scene, showcasing both established and emerging artists from various disciplines. DanceAfrica, in particular, has been a cornerstone of BAM’s programming, celebrating the rich tradition of African dance and music for over four decades.

As BAM continues to adapt and evolve in the face of its recent challenges, the organization remains committed to providing audiences with thought-provoking and significant cultural experiences.

At the end:
The upcoming season at BAM promises to deliver a wide array of performances and events, showcasing the organization’s dedication to presenting distinctive and engaging work. With a focus on diverse and ambitious programming, BAM continues to be a leading force in New York City’s performing arts landscape.

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