Please note that this projection can only be viewed from outside the ICP Museum and is most visible after sunset.

BAM (Brooklyn Academy of Music) is a multi-arts center located in Brooklyn, New York. For more than 150 years, BAM has been the home for adventurous artists, audiences, and ideas—engaging both global and local communities. With world-renowned programming in theater, dance, music, opera, film, and much more, BAM showcases the work of emerging artists and innovative modern masters.

Officially inaugurated in 1983, BAM’s annual Next Wave Festival—now in its 35th year—serves as New York’s most comprehensive and daring survey of avant-garde performance. Joseph V. Melillo, BAM executive producer since 1999, was its founding director.

This year’s Next Wave showcases artists from Switzerland to Senegal in creative dialogue with historic events, personal histories, and the world today, welcoming back companies with a rich institutional history such as Pina Bausch Tanztheater Wuppertal and Ivo van Hove’s Toneelgroep while celebrating an array of BAM debuts.

Joseph V. Melillo, founding director of the Next Wave Festival, and Sharon Lehner, director of archives for BAM, share reflections on the festival in an interview with ICP Projected curator Wesley Verhoeve.

About BAM

Brooklyn Academy of Music’s (BAM’s) mission is to be a home for adventurous artists, audiences, and ideas. America’s oldest performing arts institution, it is recognized internationally for innovative dance, music, and theater programming—including its renowned Next Wave Festival. BAM also features an acclaimed repertory film program, literary and visual art events, and extensive educational programs. The institution is led by President Katy Clark and Executive Producer Joseph V. Melillo.


TOP IMAGE: The Robert Wilson/Philip Glass production of Einstein on the Beach, 1984. Image by Babette Mangolte.