Since Brooklyn Academy of Music’s pioneering director Harvey Lichtenstein hired Joseph V. Melillo in 1983 as the founding director of the “Next Wave Festival,” Melillo has helped to present groundbreaking work from a diverse list of vanguards in the performing arts. Now, after three decades of stewardship, this year’s “Next Wave Festival” (running now through Dec. 23) marks the last to be overseen by Melillo as BAM’s executive producer.
Here are five not-to-miss performances to catch this October.
“Measure for Measure”
Through Oct. 21
“The tempter or the tempted, who sins most?” Shakespeare’s “Measure for Measure,” which works through themes of morality and corruption, gets a contemporary update in London’s Check by Jowl and Moscow’s Pushkin Theatre’s new production, directed by Declan Donnellan and designed by Nick Ormerod.
“Everywhere All the Time”
Oct. 24-Oct. 27
Calling all percussion fans: choreographer and original “STOMP” cast member Seán Curran and his company team up with Third Coast Percussion for a rhythmic evening of dance. The performance — broken into three components, which includes the New York premiere of “Everywhere All the Time” — coincides with the 20th anniversary of Curran’s company. Adding visual dimension, “Everywhere All the Time” also features set design by the late celebrated landscape architect Diana Balmori, who created a black wall for the piece that calls to mind an abstracted forest.
Oct. 24-Oct. 27
Those mourning the retirement of New York City Ballet’s Joaquin De Luz are in luck. The former principal dancer returns to the stage in director-choreographer Luca Veggetti’s reimagined vision of Jerome Robbin’s “Watermill.” Featuring 18 dancers, the piece takes the audience through a dream landscape filled with reveries of youth. The piece, inspired by Noh theater, is presented as part of the city-wide Jerome Robbins Centennial Celebration and features an original Teiji Ito score.
“I hunger for you”
Oct. 31-Nov. 3
This new work from choreographer Kimberly Bartosik chronicles the artist’s experience with Charismatic spirituality. Bathed in light cast onto a stark set, the piece explores faith, desire and ritual in this deeply personal performance.
Oct. 31-Nov. 4
Circus Cirkör joins forces with Swedish opera company Folkoperan to perform an acrobatic rendition of Philip Glass’s opera, “Satyagraha,” which had its New York City premiere at BAM in 1981. Directed by Tilde Björfors and conducted by Matthew Wood, the production makes stunning use of thick yarn to weave a literal narrative thread through Glass’s meditation on Mahatma Gandhi’s experiments with nonviolent resistance.
Top Image: Sean Curran Company in “Everywhere All the Time." Courtesy of Travis Magee.