Tonight the Next Wave Festival at Brooklyn Academy of Music will present the New York premiere of Amjad, an evening-length work performed by the Montreal-based company La La La Human Steps. Choreographed by the company’s artistic director, Édouard Lock, Amjad is a deconstruction of the Romantic classics Swan Lake and Sleeping Beauty. The piece replaces 19th-century norms and etiquette with an updated narrative that explores love and gender roles. La La La Human Steps is known for its daring physicality and Amjad will include pointe work for both its female and male dancers. Tchaikovsky’s scores have been newly arranged and re-worked by Gavin Bryars, David Lang, and Blake Hargreaves, and video projections create a modernized fairy tale setting. The above clip, featuring music by David Lang, provides an intriguing sneak peek of Amjad.
The balcony is already sold out for every performance, but tickets from $20 are still available in the mezzanine and orchestra. There will also be an artist talk with Édouard Lock and Lynn Garafola (a dance critic, historian, and professor at Barnard College) on November 13 at 6 PM.
BAM Howard Gilman Opera House
November 12 at 7 PM, November 13-15 at 7:30 PM
Buy tickets online or call 718-636-4100
Artist Talk with Édouard Lock and Lynn Garafola
BAM Rose Cinemas
Thursday, November 13 at 6 PM
$8 General admission