One of my first theater loves was the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM). Before I had kids, I would often make the trek to Brooklyn to see extraordinary shows. And when I didn’t live in NY, I’d make a pilgrimage.
I saw a 9 hour production of the Mahabarata there and a 4 hour production of the Cherry Orchard (both directed by one of my personal directing heroes Peter Brook) I’ve seen Laurie Anderson, Astor Piazzola retrospectives, Kung Fu Dance, and Robert LePage’s briliant one man Hamlet called Elsinore. I’ve seen Pina Bausch there a couple of times, and a couple of years ago I saw the amazing production of Raoul by James Thieree.
They often produce extraordinary shows, but I generally don’t think of them as producing kid friendly entertainment. I’ve been associating them with my pre-kid life.
Apparently, they’ve noticed that also. This year marks the first ever BAMfamily season–a diverse lineup of performances, workshops, and participatory events (and I’ve already missed a few this season). You can get a full list of their upcoming kids events by checking out their website: http://www.bam.org/programs/bamfamily
The one I’m most looking forward to is a show called Kindur by the Italian company Compagnia TPO.
Kindur is described as children’s theater in which “A fairy-tale landscape of glaciers, volcanoes, and flower-filled meadows is brought to vibrant life through touch in this interactive theater experience from Italy. Children are invited on stage to trigger the sounds, images, music, and colors that make up this enchanting world as three dancers take the role of kindur (“sheep” in Icelandic) to guide audiences on an immersive, magical adventure.”
It sounded pretty great to me, but what made me want to see it when I started looking further is a blogpost by artistic director of the Chicago Humanities Festival Matti Bunzl about first seeing the show (he presented them in 2011):