next wave

for my birthday this year, grace got me tickets to 3 performances at BAM (brooklyn academy of music)’s next wave festival. the first was a dreamy play about the life and work of joseph cornell, the surrealist who assembled mini-worlds in tiny boxes. the second was an incredibly striking and memorable dance performance called “borrowed light”, in which lost shaker songs were sung a cappella while heavily dressed dancers moved violently about. the last, which we saw last night, was the sweetly named “au revior parapluie”, directed and starred in by james thièrrèe, who, if i hadn’t known i could have guessed, is charlie chaplin’s grandson.

i’ve got nothing smart to say about the piece other than it was such a wonderful, whimsical way to spend the evening. part circus, part play, part puppet show, it was all very fun, funny, sweet and deeply moving. grace did good this year.

afterwards, we went to junior’s where i got fried chicken, ate too many pickled beets, and obviously went overboard with the fresh strawberry cheese pie. it was a lovely night. and my birthday was in june!

BAM next wave festival
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