Cassavetes drama, Builders Association set
A stage adaptation of a John Cassavetes pic from legit director Ivo van Hove, a new multimedia piece by avant-garde troupe the Builders Association and a new music event directed by Annie Dorsen (“Passing Strange”) are among the offerings of the 2008 edition of the Brooklyn Academy of Music’s annual Next Wave Fest.
Also on the slate of the international fest, running Sept. 30-Dec. 20, are outings by the dance companies of Bill T. Jones (who won a Tony for “Spring Awakening”) and Pina Bausch, as well as a stint by cirque troupe Compagnie 111.
Van Hove, a Belgian director who has cultivated a rep in Gotham with memorable Off Broadway stagings “Hedda Gabler” and “A Streetcar Named Desire,” will bring his legit company, Toneelgroep Amsterdam, to New York for its Gotham debut in “Opening Night,” based on the 1977 Cassavetes film. Show, a joint production with the Belgian company NTGent, will have a quick stint Dec. 2-6.
Latest from Builders Association, “Continuous City,” looks at the tech of connectivity in a multimedia story centered on a traveling father, his daughter at home, an Internet mogul and a fame-craving nanny. Show will play Nov. 18-22.
Also on the fest’s theatrical slate are “Sunken Red,” an adaptation of a memoir of life in a Japanese prison camp in WWII, co-presented by European companies Toneelhuis and ro theater; and a production of “Woyzeck” from Iceland’s Vesturport Theater, helmed by Gisli Orn Gardarsson.
The offering helmed by Dorsen, “ETHEL’s TruckStop: The Beginning,” is a collection of musical perfs by classical group ETHEL based on a series of residencies in 10 cities across America. Show runs Oct. 14-18.
Also onboard to play the Next Wave is a chamber opera called “Arjuna’s Dilemma,” based on the Hindu tale, and composer-performer Daniel Bernard Roumain’s “Darwin’s Meditation for the People of Lincoln,” created with legit scribe Daniel Beaty (“Emergence-SEE”), among other productions showcased during the fest.