BAM’s Fall Season Kicks Off With a Beach Opera

The Brooklyn Academy of Music is bringing the seashore to you.

The star of its fall season, introduced Thursday, is a theatrical set up — a surreal opera set at an indoor imitation seashore — that paints a portrait of sunbather tranquillity with menacing undercurrents (did you catch the aria about a boyfriend drowning within the ocean?). The manufacturing, “Sun & Sea,” which is able to open at BAM Fisher and run for 2 weeks earlier than touring the nation, received the highest prize when it debuted within the Lithuanian pavilion on the Venice Biennale in 2019. This would be the American premiere.

“It’s an incredible spectacle,” David Binder, BAM’s creative director who noticed it in Venice, mentioned in a cellphone dialog on Wednesday. “The beachgoers are just passing the day away as things are coming to an end.”

Those attending will watch from a 360-degree balcony as 13 singers and roughly 25 local people members who act as beachgoers scroll on their telephones, play playing cards and fill in Sudoku puzzles. In Venice, traces stretched down the canal and across the piazza to see it. In a New York Times evaluation of that set up, Joshua Barone wrote that the opera, created by the filmmaker and director Rugile Barzdziukaite, the author Vaiva Grainyte and the artist and composer Lina Lapelyte, has a “haunting simplicity that insinuates itself into your memory and, possibly, your opinions.” The viewers watched from above on the upstairs mezzanine of a warehouse, he wrote, “as if observing animals at a zoo or creatures under a microscope.”

“Within a single hour of dangerously gentle melodies, it manages to animate a panoramic cast of characters whose stories coalesce into a portrait of an apocalyptic climate crisis that goes down as easily as a trip to the beach,” Barone wrote.

The fall season continues with creations by artists from Japan, Brazil and Portugal, all of them New York premieres.

Later in September, the Japanese sound artist ASUNA will carry out his site-specific sound set up, “100 Keyboards,” through which the identical observe is concurrently performed and sustained on 100 battery-operated toy keyboards organized in a circle, creating waves of overlapping notes till they climax to what BAM calls “a singular resonant reverberation.”

In October, the Portuguese playwright-actor Tiago Rodrigues will stage his collaborative theater experiment “By Heart,” through which 10 viewers members are requested to memorize a poem. It will likely be his first efficiency within the United States since being appointed the subsequent director of France’s Avignon Festival, the storied annual arts pageant that turns the town into a big theater every July.

“The theme is that if we can remember words or texts by heart, they can never be taken away, or suppressed, or censored, or destroyed,” Binder mentioned. “It’s very simple, but also deeply political.”

It will likely be adopted in November by the Brazilian choreographer Alice Ripoll’s dance piece “Cria.” Ripoll and the 10-member group Suave, an all-Black firm that features transgender performers, will combine funk, samba and break dance with passinho, the dance craze that grew out of Rio’s favelas, within the firm’s first United States efficiency. It is billed as an expertise that “relocates the wild exuberance of adolescence.”

While BAM usually proclaims its fall season , Binder mentioned that, this yr, extra packages will likely be introduced on a rolling foundation as particulars are finalized.

“There’s just a huge appetite, I think, for artistic adventures right now,” he mentioned. “And I’m so excited to see how artists respond to that hunger.”