The Baryshnikov Arts Center (BAC) is pleased to announce the fall 2011 performance season, which runs September 8 to December 16 and features International Artists from the worlds of dance, theater, music, and film performing in BAC's Jerome Robbins Theater and Howard Gilman Performance Space.
This fall brings BAC's second co-presentation with Theatre for a New Audience, featuring the New York Premiere of C.I.C.T. / Théâtre des Bouffes du Nord‘s production of Samuel Beckett's Fragments. In one of his exquisitely crafted, late-career creations, renowned theater director Peter Brook and Marie Hélène Estienne interpret the great 20th century playwright through five of Beckett's profound shorts: Rough for Theatre I, Rockaby, Act without Words II, Neither, and Come and Go. Fragments will be performed by Jos Houben, Kathryn Hunter, and Marcello Magni (Nov 9-Dec 4).
BAC's dance presentations will feature new works by three choreographers. Israeli choreographer Deganit Shemy's company will perform 2 kilos of sea, a site-specific work originally created and performed in a church courtyard, now retrofitted for BAC's Howard Gilman Performance Space (Sept 15-17). New York-based choreographer Liz Gerring will give the World Premiere of She Dreams In Code, a collaboration with composer Michael J. Schumacher that explores relationships between movement and sound (Oct 13-16). In a BAC copresentation with the Irish Arts Center, Irish step dancer Colin Dunne will perform the New York Premiere of Out of Time, through which Dunne integrates movement, film, and spoken word into his personal investigation of the Irish step dance tradition (Oct 19-22).
This season's film offerings include Buster Keaton's 1924 classic, Sherlock, Jr., featuring the New York Premiere of an original score composed and performed live by pianist Stephen Prutsman, with the Afiara String Quartet (Sep 24). BAC Flicks, BAC's popular film and discussion series, continues with the New York Premiere of Joseph Brodsky: In the Prison of Latitudes by Jan Andrews, a documentary about the Nobel Prize-winning Russian poet and essayist (Nov 22). And, the final installment of BAC Flicks: Mondays with Merce will feature Charles Atlas's film of Merce Cunningham's 1968 dance, Walkaround Time (Dec 5).
Rounding out BAC's fall season will be three music presentations. First is a co-presentation with the Orchestra of St. Luke's-BAC's new neighbors within the performing arts complex at 450 W. 37th Street-featuring the St. Luke's Chamber Ensemble's performance of Mahler's Das Lied von der Erde, arranged by Schoenberg (Sep 8-9). BAC also hosts International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE) in two World Premiere performances of radical new evening-length works, developed by the musicians of ICE with composers/sound artists during a weeklong residency called ICElab. The first ICElab at BAC concert will feature work by composers Phyllis Chen and Du Yun (Nov 4), and the second will feature work by composer Marcos Balter (Dec 16).
Tickets to all events go on sale Monday, August 1, 2011 and may be purchased via BACNYC.ORG or
866-811-4111. A complete schedule of BAC's fall 2011 season follows.
The Baryshnikov Arts Center is the realization of a long-held vision by artistic director Mikhail Baryshnikov, who sought to build an arts center in Manhattan that would serve as a gathering place for artists from all disciplines.
BAC's opening in 2005 heralded the launch of this mission, establishing a thriving creative laboratory and performance space for artists from around the world. BAC's activities encompass a robust artist residency program augmented by a variety of professional services, including commissions of new work, as well as the presentation of performances by emerging and established artists across disciplines. Other core programs include BAC Flicks, a film and discussion series, and The Movado Hour, a free series of hour-long chamber music concerts. In tandem with its commitment to supporting artists, BAC is dedicated to building audiences for the arts by presenting contemporary, innovative work at low or no cost to audiences. In February 2010, BAC opened the Jerome Robbins Theater, which serves as an organic extension of the existing center, featuring multi-disciplinary
work, emerging talent, and International Artists, and including artist-centered activity that fosters creative exploration.
The Baryshnikov Arts Center is located at 450 West 37th Street (between 9th and 10th Avenues) in New York City. For more information about the Baryshnikov Arts Center, visit www.bacnyc.org.