Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch, the dance company run by Ms. Bausch until her death in 2009, will return to BAM in October as part of the Next Wave Festival to present her final work. It’s the first time the company will perform in the city since Wim Wenders’s documentary Pina became an art-house blockbuster late last year. (The company presented Vollmond at the 2010 Next Wave festival.) “… como el musguito en la piedra, ay si, si, si …” (Like moss on a stone) will have its US premiere October 18, and run for about a week.
BAM “has been [Pina's] exclusive US home since 1986,” the publicist handling the show told us. “We were always planning to present it; it has nothing to do with the film, although obviously it was amazing to see an iconic BAM artist get worldwide recognition and meant a huge deal to all of us who have worked with Tanztheater Wuppertal, many for 30 years.”
The show is just one of many to be presented at this year’s 30th Next Wave festival; other highlights include a revival of Philip Glass‘s Einstein on the Beach, a performance by So Percussion, and two John Cale events. The festival will also include Paris Commune, a new show by The Civilians, the theater troupe behind the Atlantic Yards musical In the Footprint; composer Michael Friedman (Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson) is among its members.
Get more info on the Next Wave festival here.
This season will also see the opening of BAM’s new Richard B. Fisher building on Ashland Place, which features a 250-seat theater, allowing 15 more shows than usual to be a part of the festival.