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Brooklyn Acad will fete Weill in spring season

Composer's 'The Eternal Road' on 2000 sked

Huge and obscure — these are the words that best describe the Brooklyn Academy of Music’s tribute to composer Kurt Weill.

As part of its recently announced 2000 spring season, BAM celebrates the centenary of the composer’s birth with his seldom-seen biblical opera “The Eternal Road,” first performed at the Manhattan Opera House in 1937 and quickly forgotten. The academy shares the Weill production, which requires over 200 performers and 80 orchestra members, with the Chemnitz Opera of Germany, the New Israeli Opera of Tel Aviv and the Opera Krakow of Poland. “The Eternal Road” runs Feb. 28 through March 5.

Other opera performances in the spring 2000 season include Bizet’s “Carmen,” as staged by Sweden’s Folkoperan (April 11-16), and Handel’s “Theodora,” performed by Les Arts Florissants (May 6 and 7).

Shared Experience opener

The season opens on Feb. 8 with the Shared Experience’s production of “Jane Eyre,” adapted and directed by Polly Teale. Theater returns to the academy later in 2000 when the Royal Shakespeare Co. takes up a three-week residency May 10-27. Three plays will be mounted: T.S. Eliot’s “The Family Reunion,” directed by Adrian Noble; Friedrich Schiller’s “Don Carlos,” directed by Gale Edwards; and Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” directed by Michael Boyd.

From March 21-26, the academy festival “Philip on Film” is devoted to the movie scores of Philip Glass. The Godfrey Reggion-directed, Glass-scored films “Anima Mundi,” “Koyaanisqatsi” and “Powaqqatsi” will be screened, along with Tod Browning’s 1931 horror classic, “Dracula,” starring Bela Lugosi, with a new score by Glass. During March, the Philip Glass Ensemble performs a number of the composer’s film scores.

Dance concludes the BAM season with performances by the White Oak Dance Project, June 7-11. Trisha Brown’s “Glacial Decoy,” as well as new pieces by John Jasperse, Yvonne Rainer and Mark Morris, will be performed.

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