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The French Institute Alliance Francaise (FIAF), New York's premiere French cultural center, opened their big Fall event, The Crossing the Line 2009 Festival with Le Bal NYC, a culinary-infused participatory dance party/picnic in Central Park’s historic East Meadow on Saturday, Sep 12th, 2009, from 2–6pm. French choreographers, including Germaine
Acogny, Odile Duboc, Latifa Laâbissi, and Olivier Dubois presented a fresh new take on the bal populaire, creating short dances to be taught section by section to the public.
Le Bal NYCdance event in Central ParkSeptember 12, 2009A fresh new take on some classic French traditions, the “bal populaire” and the “pique-nique” are reinvented as Crossing the Line is launched. Both established and emerging choreographers from France have specially created short new dances which are taught section by section to the public. As both audience and performers of the new work, participants get an insider’s look into the mechanics of contemporary choreography as well as the creative imagination of dance personalities.
Simultaneously. to sate the appetite of all these dancing feet, the Omnivore New York “brigade,” innovative master chefs from both France and New York, created special Crossing the Line Bento Boxes—a unique reinvention of the picnic for this family-friendly celebration with different elements created by innovative master chefs Inaki Aizpitarte, Pascal Barbot, Alexandre Gauthier, and Michel Bras, from France, as well as New York’s David Chang, and Wylie Dufresne.OPENING PROGRAM2pm Dance with Germaine Acogny, represented by Nora Chipaumire2:45pm Tasting: American artisan cheese sampling with cheeses selected by Anne Saxelby of Saxelby Cheeses; Free Dancing3pm Dance with Latifa Laâbissi3:45pm Tasting: Chocolate and Bread; bread by Bruno Dinel, baker in Strasbourg, France; Free Dancing4pm Dance with Odile Duboc4:45pm Distribution of Bento Boxes with components made by French and American master chefs; Free Dancing5pm Dance with Olivier Dubois5:45pm Free Dancing/Wrap up The program for the third annual edition of the Crossing the Line Festival, presents a new generation of trans-disciplinary artists in New York City for three intensive weeks of new ideas and fresh perspectives.Conceived as a platform to present vibrant new works by a diverse range of artists working in France and New York City, Crossing the Line is initiated, conceived, and produced by FIAF in partnership with leading New York cultural institutions. In 2009, this inter-disciplinary contemporary arts festival will further develop its focus on artists who are transforming cultural practices on both sides of the Atlantic. Whether by performing shopping, watching sounds, composing films, or reading movements, audiences will join in exploring, sensing, and tasting a unique collection of outstanding new works and experiences, and discovering new revelations from each of these extraordinary artists.The third edition of Crossing the Line is co-curated by Lili Chopra (Artistic Director at FIAF) and Simon Dove (Director, School of Dance at Arizona State University), and runs from September 12 through October 3, 2009.
A number of the programs and events will utilize FIAF’s own spaces, including Florence Gould Hall, Tinker Auditorium, the FIAF Gallery, and Le Skyroom. Established partners in New York City will also host events, including Cabinet Gallery, CPR–Center for Performance Research, Dance Theater Workshop (DTW), Danspace Project, Luxe Gallery, Macy’s, the New Museum, and Performance Space 122 (P.S. 122). Additional partners for Crossing the Line 2009 include Anthology Film Archives, the Baryshnikov Arts Center (BAC), Omnivore New York, and the Whitney Museum.Marie Maillard’s “Wall 0909” Luxe Gallery and an installationFIAF’s Florence Gould Hall August 27–September 26Maillard's work combines the concepts of both video and wallpaper. One is concrete, the other is transient; one is decorative and made as background, the other often complex, and pithy. Maillard's work creates elegant and enigmatic hybrids, which not only conflates these oppositions but utilizes each to redefine the other. She uses video decoratively and formally, while wallpaper suddenly becomes quizzical. Video-wallpaper, a logism that has come to identify her particular style of expression, overlaps, morphs, isolates, and distorts images, words, and sounds—conveying the notion of the habitable image coming out of the screen and investing the architectural space. In her investigations of an aesthetic of fonds d'écran, Maillard's immaterial wallpapers blur the line between domestic and public space, and question the relationship between body and the occupation of space.Crossing the Line peeks out from the windowsMacy’sSeptember 8-27Art meets fashion in surprising and beautiful ways as the Crossing the Line artists take over the windows lining 34th Street and 7th Avenue at the legendary Macy’s flagship store. The ongoing window series, “Art Under Glass,” will preview the Crossing the Line festival in a collaborative celebration of French culture and American fashion. Windows will feature the work of: Agathe Snow / Rita Ackerman, AIDS – 3D, Olivier Babin, Marie Losier with Aya Kakeda and François Leloup-Collet, Marie Maillard / Amélie Chabannes, Sarah Ortmeyer, Shoplifter, The Bruce High Quality Foundation, Visual System, Nick van Woert, and Michael L Yinger. The sidewalk art gallery will showcase the contemporary works of these vibrant artists, against a bold backdrop of fall fashion featuring Macy’s new and exclusive Rachel by Rachel Roy collection. “Omnivore New York” hosts a day dedicated to culinary explorationFIAFSeptember 13A unique opportunity to explore the sublime and total sensory investigation of our world through some of the most transformative chefs of our times. Crossing the Line is partnering with Luc Dubanchet and his Omnivore team, based in France, bringing together the leading creators from the kitchens of New York and France for a series of events that enable participants to see, talk, taste, imagine, and meditate on some of the world’s most inspiring culinary creations. Events include a screening of the documentary, Inventing Cuisine: Michel Bras, followed by a conversation between legendary chef Michel Bras and culinary expert Julie Andrieu. Omnivore New York will culminate with Shadows and Light, onstage cooking “duets” that will pair American and French chefs for a live comparison of techniques and the exploration of new flavors and tastes. Duets will feature: Wylie Dusfresne and Inaki Aizpitarte; David Kinch and Pascal Barbot; and David Chang and Alexandre Gauthier. The visiting chefs will also be cooking at David Chang and Wylie Dufresne’s restaurants on Monday, September 14.Steven Cohen’s “Knock’Em Dead” CPR–Center for Performance Research September 16-17The African Burial Ground (Lower Manhattan), Trinity Churchyard Cemetery (Wall Street), St. Paul’s (Ground Zero), and the three cemeteries of the Spanish Portuguese Synagogue, to name a few Manhattan resting places, are all located within New York’s “concrete jungle”, and bridge racial, cultural, and religious differences. Death is the final, inescapable equalizer of all people. Steven Cohen’s work aims to look at the idea of “motionlessness” and silence within the noisy and actively congested Manhattan city space, with particular attention paid to those resting in the small cemeteries that survive in the “city that never sleeps”. As part of his ongoing GOLGOTHA project, Cohen will also show fragments of the filmed “public interventions” from this work, made in New York City during 2008 and 2009.Visual System presents “A Digital Experience.. .” FIAF GallerySeptember 16–October 24Visual System (VS) is a collective created in 2007 whose projects explore the role of digital media in the city of the future. The FIAF Gallery will host an interactive exhibit featuring three installations created by four artists from the collective: Olivier Pasquet, Djeff Regottaz, Bastien Ribeiro, and Valère Terrier. Within the framework of creating a completely digital megalopolis, A Digital Experience.. . will present different aspects of digital contemporary art through the viewer’s immersion into a network of poetic and interactive works. The works are both linked to one another and stand-alone pieces, and the city “plan” can be compared to a subway map, allowing the flow of electricity, energy, and humanity. A musical composition by Olivier Pasquet (IRCAM) will accent and complete the new digital universe.Nacera Belaza’s “Le Cri” Danspace Project September 17–19The choreographer and dancer Nacera Belaza has described her work as, “an exhortation of being, a dialogue with the invisible” (Dance Theater Journal, 2007). With ten creations to her credit since founding her company in 1987, Belaza succeeds in questioning the codes of dance and religion with a personal style that mixes beauty and austerity. Faithful to her way of life and view of the world, Le Cri is characterized by its restraint. Nevertheless, this duet, which Nacera Belaza dances together with her sister, is overflowing with sensuality. It is a musing on human life and our desire for spirituality, without losing sight of pleasure and enjoyment.Metamkine’s live film performance FIAF’s Florence Gould Hall September 18A trio founded in 1987 and based in Grenoble, La Cellule d’Intervention Metamkine includes one musician (Jérôme Noetinger) and two filmmakers (Christophe Auger and Xavier Quérel) whose research into the relationship between image and sound has resulted in works they refer to as live “musico-cinematic” creations. Working with a core narrative, the three artists create a series of impromptu situational vignettes accompanied by a live soundtrack of tape fragments and analog synthesizer sounds. Through the use of mirrors, multiple projectors, and ingenious on-stage editing, they produce and direct a new film live—simultaneously a performance and its document.Julia Mandle’s “Fabrication of Blindness” Cabinet GallerySeptember 19–27Inspired by the work of a French war-photographer, Julia Mandle has created Fabrication of Blindness. This installation serves as both a memorial and protest to America's use of torture in Iraq, Guantanamo Bay, and beyond. She has built a large dark cloud made out of black military sandbags which are used to hood prisoners. Mandle has collected letters, poems, and stories by the detainees, which have been embroidered onto the hoods, during a series of sewing circles in New York City and Washington DC.
U.S. Premiere of Bettina Atala’s “Season 1 episode 2” FIAF’s Florence Gould HallSeptember 22Season 1 episode 2 by Bettina Atala presents a film that examines its own production process step by step, as it is being created. The work questions the role of TV, film, Big Brother and the boundaries of reality and fiction—while offering a delightful critique of social norms and structures. Artfully combining film and performance, Atala also performs with the French group Grand Magasin on an ongoing basis.U.S. Premiere of Raimund Hoghe’s “Boléro Variations” Dance Theater WorkshopSeptember 23–25 anda special performance of “L’Après-midi” Danspace ProjectSeptember 26Both performer and choreographer, Raimund Hoghe’s work is nothing less than a political gesture that questions our conceptions about difference and our expectations about the dancing body. Hoghe’s presence on the stage both energizes and destabilizes audiences, opening a pathway toward an inclusive view of humanity. Boléro Variations, a dance piece created in 2007 in Paris, features the music of Ravel’s Boléro as well as fado, folksongs and the TV sound broadcast from Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean’s ice-dancing performance at the 1984 Olympics in Sarajevo. L’Après-midi is based on Vaslav Nijinski’s legendary interpretation in 1912 of a Stéphane Mallarmé poem, L’Après-midi d’un faune. Revisiting this piece nearly a century later, Hoghe spotlights the talent of the young dancer Emmanuel Eggermont in a radiant solo performance.World Premiere of “Alice Guy Blaché Film Score Project” featuring composers Missy Mazzoli, Tamar Muskal, Tender Forever, and Du Yun September 29 In collaboration with Whitney Live, FIAF presents four young composers in dialogue with the pioneering filmmaker Alice Guy Blaché (1873-1968) as part of the Whitney Museum of American Art's retrospective of her career (November 6, 2009–January 24, 2010). Missy Mazzoli, Tamar Muskal, Tender Forever, and Du Yun find common ground with the first-ever female filmmaker and shed a contemporary light on Guy Blaché's legacy through live performances matched to her short films. These four composers each possess an extraordinary vision and a vibrant record of original work, each one pushing the boundaries of contemporary composition in a transformative and singular way.World Premiere of Maria Hassabi’s “Solo” Performance Space 122September 29–October 4SOLO SHOW, a new dance work by Maria Hassabi, premieres consecutively this fall at Performance Space 122 as part of Crossing the Line, and a month later as part of Performa 09. Conceived as a diptych of two autonomous evening-long solos, the works are related to one another as two moments of shifting perspective, (a parallax). Together, the solos play between opposing orientations as the performer moves from a solitary contemplation to a devotion to ‘show-culture’. SOLO SHOW extends Hassabi’s exploration of how a multitude of familiar representations of the female body can be dissolved into the physicality of contemporary dance.Matsune & Subal Production present “store” Luxe Gallery September 30–October 3Store is a shop. Art is a business. In store you can buy movements, actions, and behaviors. There are more than 60 performance products to choose from! Through the process, Matsune & Subal create a product which the audience/customer can take away or get delivered in the mail. store questions the consumption of art and our consumption of the consumption culture. It lets the audience/customer/viewer analyze his/her own role as a consumer of performance and his/her own performance of a purchase.Trajal Harrell’s “Twenty Looks or Paris is Burningthe Judson Church (S)” at the New Museum, co-presented by Danspace Project, from October 1–2Twenty Looks or Paris is Burning at the Judson Church is the collective and shared title of five dances in five sizes: Extra Small (XS), Small (S), Medium (M), Large (L), and Extra Large (XL), choreographed by Trajal Harrell. "What would have happened in 1963 if someone from the voguing ball scene in Harlem had come downtown to perform alongside the early postmoderns at Judson Church?" Rather than illustrating a historical fiction, Harrell’s new work transplants this proposition into a contemporary context and debate about the seduction of the audience and the naiveté of the performer and/or vice-versa. The (S) version, co-presented by the New Museum and Danspace Project in association with Crossing the Line 2009, will be a solo performance by Harrell with work by visual artist Franklin Evans.
Crossing the Line 2009 September 12–October 3, 2009
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Performing a series of vignettes before a free-standing high wall of shifting colors, Khan and Binoche explore the intricacies of a love affair in all its glory and pain. In-I takes both artists in new directions: for Binoche, dancing on stage; and for Khan, acting for the first time since his childhood role in Peter Brook’s Mahabharata (1987 BAM Next Wave Festival). Time Out (Sydney) said of the work, “In-I offers the excitement of contemporary dance’s cutting edge…” Oscar-winning actress Binoche is one of France’s most celebrated actresses. Born in Paris to a sculptor/theater director and an actress, Binoche studied acting at the National School of Dramatic Art of Paris. She first gained recognition in 1985 with her acclaimed performances in Jean-Luc Godard’s controversial film Hail Mary (Je vous salue, Marie) and André Téchiné’s Rendez-vous. Her international breakthrough came in 1988 when she played Tereza in Philip Kaufman’s The Unbearable Lightness of Being. Shortly thereafter, Binoche starred in other widely acclaimed films such as Leos Carax’s The Lovers on the Bridge (Les Amants du Pont Neuf ;1991); Louis Malle’s Damage (1992), starring with Jeremy Irons; and Krzysztof Kieślowski’s Blue (1993) (she also appeared briefly in the trilogy’s other installments, Red and White). Binoche returned to the screen in 1995 with The Horseman on the Roof (Le Hussard sur le toit).
In 1996, Binoche won an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress in Anthony Minghella’s The English Patient. In 2000 she starred in Lasse Hallström's art-house hit Chocolat, followed by Code Unknown (Code Inconnu), and Hidden (Caché) in 2005. Other films credits include Abel Ferrara’s Mary opposite Matthew Modine and Forest Whitaker (2005); Minghella’s Breaking and Entering (2006) opposite Jude Law, and Hou Hsiao-Hsien’s Flight of the Red Balloon (Le Voyage du ballon rouge; 2007).
Her most recent films include Oliver Assayas’ Summer Hours (L’Heure d’été; 2008), and Cédric Klapsich’s Paris, which opened September 18, 2009. Binoche also has her paintings and poetry on view in NYC in her exhibition, In-Eyes--at the art gallery of the Cultural Services of the French Embassy (972 Fifth Avenue; corner of 79th Street) from September 10–October 9. A unique spin on the self-portrait, it features 29 triptychs, each including a character that Binoche has portrayed, a portrait of the related movie’s director, and a poem inspired by her subjects. Binoche signs copies of Portraits In-Eyes, her book of paintings and poetry, on September 11, at Barnes & Noble (Broadway at 65th Street, New York City) from 6–8pm. Portraits In-Eyes is available for sale at BAM. For more information please visit www.frenchculture.org
Khan is one of the most acclaimed choreographers of his generation working in Britain today. Born in London to a Bangladeshi family in 1974, he began dancing at seven. He studied with the great Kathak dancer/teacher Sri Pratap Pawar, later becoming his disciple. Khan made his stage debut—and BAM debut—at 14 in Brook’s Mahabharata, which toured the world from 1987–89. Following studies in contemporary dance and a period working with Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker’s Brussels-based X-Group project, Khan began presenting solo performances of his work in the '90s, maintaining his commitment to the classical Kathak repertoire as well as to modern work. Among his best-known solo pieces are Polaroid Feet (2001), Ronin (2003), and Third Catalogue (2005). In August 2000, Khan launched his own company, which has provided him with a platform for innovation and for an increasingly diverse range of work that has evolved in collaboration with artists from other disciplines—ranging across theater, film, visual arts, music, and literature. Among his most notable company works are Kaash (2002), a collaboration with artist Kapoor and composer Nitin Sawhney; ma (2004), accompanied by a text by writer Hanif Kureishi, for which he received a South Bank Show Award in 2005; and Zero Degrees (2005), a collaboration with dancer Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, sculptor Antony Gormley, and composer Sawhney. Khan was choreographer-in-residence and also Associate Artist at the South Bank Centre (the first non-musician to be afforded this status). He is an Associate Artist at Sadler’s Wells. In addition to work with his company, the choreographer’s other projects include Sacred Monsters, performed by world renowned French ballerina Sylvie Guillem and Khan, and Variations for Vibes, Pianos and Strings, a collaboration with London Sinfonietta to celebrate the 70th birthday of Steve Reich, which premiered in Cologne in March 2006 and was performed at BAM’s 2006 Next Wave Festival. Khan was also invited by Kylie Minogue to choreograph a section of her new Showgirl concert which opened in Australia in November 2006, and toured to the UK in January 2007. bahok, a unique collaboration with the National Ballet of China choreographed by Khan, had its world premiere in Beijing in January 2008 and its UK premiere in March at the Liverpool Playhouse, and is currently touring worldwide. Khan has received numerous awards, including the Outstanding Newcomer to Dance Award from the Dance Critics’ Circle (2000) and from Time Out Live (2000), Best Modern Choreographer from the Dance Critics’ Circle (2002), a South Bank Show Award (2005), and was nominated for a Nijinsky Award for Best Newcomer (2002). Most recently, he was awarded the 2005 Critics’ Circle National Dance Awards for Outstanding Male or Female Artist (modern), and Zero Degrees was nominated for a 2006 Laurence Olivier Award (Best New Dance Production).
To coincide with Juliette Binoche’s performance in In-I during the Next Wave Festival, BAMcinématek presents a retrospective of her film career. All films in French with English subtitles unless noted. BAMcinématek: Rendez-vous with Juliette Binoche
Paris (2008) 130min Fri, Sept 11 at 7pm* *Q&A with Cédric Klapisch and Juliette Binoche Directed by Cédric Klapisch With Juliette Binoche, Romain Duris In this spin on Rear Window, a dancer with a terminal heart condition confined to his apartment is forced to reexamine Paris as he watches it come alive from his window. His sister (Binoche) and her children care for him in his convalescence as they join the cast of Parisians who dance before his eyes.Sneak preview from IFC Films. Q&A with Cédric Klapisch and Juliette Binoche. Rendez-vous (1985) 82min Fri, Sept 18 at 2, 4:30, 6:50, 9:15pm Directed by André Techiné With Juliette Binoche, Lambert Wilson, Jean-Louis Trintignant Rendez-vous announced Binoche as an actress of intense emotional depth, while also starting her habit of working with winners of directing prizes at Cannes, as André Techiné did with this film. Binoche carries the film as she navigates love and death, presaging her later work with Kieślowski and Malle. Damage (1992) 111min Sat, Sept 19 at 2, 4:30, 6:50, 9:15pm Directed by Louis Malle With Juliette Binoche, Jeremy Irons Binoche teamed with acclaimed director Louis Malle and the inimitable Jeremy Irons in this film of love, sex, and obsession. In English. Flight of the Red Balloon (2007) 115min Sun, Sept 20 at 2:30, 5:30, 8:30pm Directed by Hou Hsiao-hsien With Juliette Binoche Hou Hsiao-hsien’s homage to The Red Balloon takes the film’s key elements—a lonesome boy, a shiny balloon, and the meandering streets of Paris—and creates a rich, complex work flush with reflections on the loneliness of daily urban existence and the power of imagination. Binoche plays a harried single mother and puppeteer. Blue (1993) 98min Mon, Sept 21 at 4:30, 6:50pm* *Q&A with Juliette Binoche Directed by Krzysztof Kieślowski With Juliette Binoche, Benoît Régent The first of Kieślowski’s Three Colors trilogy is considered by many to be his best film. Binoche plays a composer‘s widow, struggling to deal with the death of her husband and daughter. Post-screening book signing and Q&A with Juliette Binoche. Family Life (1985) 95 min Wed, Sept 22 at 4:30, 6:50, 9:15pm Directed by Jacques Doillon With Juliette Binoche, Juliet Berto, Sami Frey This early Binoche work strikingly predicts themes of loneliness and familial disconnection that she would explore later in her career. A father attempts to bridge the gap between himself and his ten- year-old daughter to prevent the disconnection he already has with his elder daughter (Binoche). Mauvais Sang (1988) 105min Thu, Sept 24 at 4:30, 6:50, 9:15pm Directed by Leos Carax With Juliette Binoche, Michel Piccoli, Julie Delpy Leos Carax’s second film put him on the map and won the Prix Louis Delluc. Set in the near future, this tale of two aging thieves and their young recruit borrows New Wave themes while incorporating a fresh visual style. The thieves’ new cohort can’t help but be attracted to Binoche, playing a young lover of one of the thieves. Lovers on the Bridge (1991) 125min Fri, Sept 25 at 3, 6, 9pm Directed by Leos Carax With Juliette Binoche, Denis Lavant Leos Carax followed Mauvais Sang with this film about two vagabonds who connect on a bridge, the Pont-Neuf, still under construction. Caché (2005) 117min Sat, Sept 26 at 2, 6:50pm Directed by Michael Haneke With Juliette Binoche, Daniel Auteuil In his second collaboration with Binoche, Haneke uses his trademark pacing and carefully revealed exposition to create a masterpiece of unexpected horror. Code Unknown (2000) 118min Sat, Sept 26 at 4:30, 9:30pm Directed by Michael Haneke With Juliette Binoche, Thierry Neuvic, Josef Bierbichler Michael Haneke tackles many of his familiar themes—emigration and national dislocation, power structures and racism in contemporary France. Code Unknown follows the lives of numerous characters leading up to and following an incident in which innocent bystanders are wrongly penalized. Binoche portrays a struggling actress at the center of this intersection. Summer Hours (2008) 103min Sun, Sep 27 at 2, 4:30, 6:50, 9:15pm Directed by Olivier Assayas With Juliette Binoche, Charles Berling Three siblings reunite after their mother dies and leaves behind a country house overflowing with valuable art objects and antiques. With its richly-detailed script and nuanced performances by Binoche and Berling, Summer Hours illuminates the private experience of loss, as well as the practical concerns of settling an estate. The English Patient (1996) 162min Mon, Sep 28 at 7pm Directed by Anthony Minghella With Juliette Binoche, Ralph Fiennes, Willem Dafoe, Kristin Scott Thomas, Colin Firth Binoche was honored with an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her portrayal of a nurse tending to the doomed titular character in this WWII drama. A year before Titanic, this adaptation of the Michael Ondaatje novel defined the grandiosity of the 90s epic. In English. Mary (2005) 83min Tue, Sep 29 at 6:50, 9:15pm Directed by Abel Ferrara With Juliette Binoche, Forest Whitaker, Matthew Modine, Marion Cotillard Ever game for a challenge, Binoche plays an actress who becomes obsessed with Mary Magdalene after having portrayed her in a controversial film. Once again confounding expectations, director Abel Ferrara layers character upon character in this exploration of faith in the modern world. In English. Disengagement (2007) 115min Wed, Sep 30 at 4:30, 6:50, 9:15pm Directed by Amos Gitai With Juliette Binoche, Jeanne Moreau Acclaimed Israeli filmmaker Amos Gitai brings together two generations of French leading-lady royalty, as Binoche is joined by the New Wave star Jeanne Moreau in this political drama. The film centers on an Israeli-born French woman, played by Binoche, struggling to find her daughter when she returns to Israel as it pulls out of the occupied territories. BAM Harvey Theater651 Fulton Street(located two blocks from the main building between Ashland and Rockwell Places).
BAM Rose Cinemas30 Lafayette AvenueBrooklyn, NY
718-636-4100Tickets: $11 per screening for adults; $8 for seniors 65 and over, children under twelve, and $8 for students 25 and under with valid I.D. Monday–Thursday, except holidays; $7 BAM Cinema Club members.
For ticket and BAMbus informationcall BAM Ticket Services at 718.636.4100, or visit BAM.org
The new big top show from international entertainment behemoth Cirque du Soleil, Volta, with an energy-jolting focus on space-age extreme sports, plays Long Island May 17 – July 1. Its new eco-friendly white and grey “grand chapiteau” has risen adjacent to NYCB Live/Nassau Veterans Coliseum in Uniondale. The show is so colossal it took 16 creators to assemble it.
Volta, written and directed by Bastien Alexandre (concept artist, Cirque’s Zumanity) under “director of creation” Jean Guibert, tells “a spellbinding story of transformation, about being true to oneself – fulfilling one’s true potential to be free to blaze your own trail.” Alexandre says it’s inspired, in part, “by the adventurous spirit that fuels action sports.”
The show stars a cast of international athletes who provide the adrenaline rush of jawdropping acrobatics against the visually striking production, driven in the tried-and-true Cirque tradition by a pulsating score. The band is under music director and international electronic composer Anthony Gonzalez, of the French band M83. Vocalists are Darius Harper and Camilla Bäckman. Julie Perron (Cirque’s Delirium, Viva Elvis, and Wintuk). is choreographer. Rob Bollinger and Philippe Aubertin are the acrobatic performance designers.
The story-line follows Waz, a game show contestant who’s lost touch with himself. He goes on the show in search of fame, thinking that will bring him love and acceptance, but finds fame isn’t the answer. Was begins a personal quest to find his true self. Along the way, he’s encouraged by an amazing group of free spirits to help him recognize the power to make it possible.
Among those that make his journey extraordinary are unicyclists, roller skaters, precision tight rope walkers, military-style parkour [running, climbing, swinging, vaulting], BMX (bicycle motocross) daredevils, a woman swirling through the air suspended by her hair, Swiss ring and bungee artists, shape divers [sailing through gymnastic hoops and rings), and one of the most incredible acrobatic ensembles in Cirque’s history.
A highlight of every Cirque show is the costuming and the designs of acclaimed Emmy-winning Filipino-American fashion designer Zaldy (Goco) (Cirque’s Michael Jackson ONE, RuPaul’s Drag Race, Lady Gaga’s Monster Ball) may be the most colorful and daring of their 41 original productions [since 1984].
To learn more, go to: www.cirquedusoleil.com/volta
AAADT in Alvin Ailey's Revelations. Photo by Paul Kolnik
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