Juliette Binoche play, Phillip Glass opera on tap
A U.S. staging of Juliette Binoche starrer “In-I,” a show from the dance troupe of Tony-nommed “Hair” choreographer Karole Armitage, a new opera by Philip Glass and outings from arty legit helmers Robert Lepage and Robert Wilson are among the offerings on tap for the 2009 Next Wave Festival at the Brooklyn Academy of Music.
Annual fest of international performances, skedded to play BAM Sept. 15-Dec. 19, also will include a previously announced engagement of the Sydney Theater Company’s production of “A Streetcar Named Desire” (Nov. 27-Dec. 20), helmed by Liv Ullman and starring Cate Blanchett.
“In-I,” which had a 2008 run at London’s National Theater, is created, helmed and performed by Binoche and choreographer Akram Khan. Show, which runs Sept. 15-26, consists of a series of vignettes centered on a love affair.
Isabelle Huppert toplines Wilson’s staging of Heiner Muller’s “Quartett,” a production that bowed in Paris in 2006. The “Dangerous Liaisons” redux plays BAM Nov 4-14.
Lepage’s 8½-hour “Lipsynch” (Oct. 3-11), which explores oral and aural communication, comes to BAM following a London run in 2008.
Glass’ “Kepler,” to be seen in a concert staging running Nov. 18-21, centers on 17th century astronomer Johannes Kepler. Martina Winkel provides the libretto for the show, performed by Bruckner Orchestra Linz and the soloists and choir of the Upper Austrian State Theater.
The outing from the Armitage Gone! troupe, “Itutu,” is a collaboration of Armitage, composer Lukas Ligeti and African electronic band Burkina Electric. It joins a dance bill that also includes a William Forsyth production, “Decreation,” inspired by the work of poet Anne Carson, as well as outings from Australia’s Chunky Move, Gotham’s Wally Cardona and Reggie Wilson’s Fist and Heel Performance Group.
Next Wave fest also includes music offerings from artists including DJ Spooky, Meredith Monk and members of the National, as well as a cirque performance by Sweden’s Cirkus Cirkor.