BAM Next Wave Festival 2016

Company Wang Ramirez in Monchichi.

Photo: Morah Geist, courtesy of Jacob’s Pillow Dance

The Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) 2016 Next Wave Festival dives into new genre amalgamations and forms that have been in flux throughout the Festival’s 33-year history. Collaboration is prominent, notably in the Brooklyn/Paris Exchange, which underscores the frequent comparison between creative nerve centers Brooklyn and the Left Bank, with exchange runs by four inventive troupes—two each from Brooklyn and Paris. Dance is robustly represented by nine exhilaratingly disparate companies. Theater includes searing reboots of classics, as well as five Shakespeare plays rolled into one, plus inventive productions that push known limits. Music also defies standards with compositional daring and physical risk-taking.