BAM’s Next Wave Festival is, in my experience, a godsend for people who, like me, really enjoy reading the descriptions of eclectic, cutting-edge multidisciplinary performances, and thinking, “oh, I should totally go to that,” not that you’re actually going to rejigger your schedule to attend, but because it gives you a momentary sense of reassurance vis a vis your hip-person bona fides and engagement with the cultural life of this city. So let’s check in and see what you can use to feel good about yourself this week:
Au Revoir Parapluie (“goodbye, umbrellas,” right, Francophones?) is the brainchild of “Nouveau cirque wunderkind James Thiérrée” (good to know the Nouveau cirque has wunderkids I guess), and combines dance, mime, avant-garde music and acrobatics, and watching it has been described as “like being involved in a mad word-association game that has been given a physical manifestation.” Bludgeon! (Sorry, first word that came into my head. What’s the first word that comes into your head? To the comments section, please!) It will be performed tonight through the 16th (but not on the 10th). Yes, that’s a picture from it. No, I don’t know, either.
And tomorrow night is the first of three Next Wave performances of The Gate, a new multimedia epic “orchestral-theater work” by the Chinese classical composer Tan Dun.
Oh, right: your post-or-possibly-pre-BAM dining recommendation. Ok: PequeÃ±a, on South Portland between Fulton and Lafayette, for the brightly decorated, elbow-rubbing space and light, creative Mexican food.