FIVE FOR FALL

Leave room for these must-do events on your cul­ture cal­en­dar this sea­son.

Gotham - - Contents - BY SUZANNE CHARLÉ 1. PINA BAUSCH AT BAM

In 1984, Pina Bausch made her Brooklyn Academy of Mu­sic de­but. “The word was out, the place was mobbed,” Anna Kis­sel­goff wrote in The New York Times. More than three decades later, word is out again. BAM’S 2017 Next Wave Fes­ti­val opens with a land­mark restag­ing of the late Ger­man dancer and chore­og­ra­pher’s his­toric works, per­formed by Tanzthe­ater Wup­per­tal Pina Bausch. On the dou­ble bill are the au­to­bi­o­graph­i­cal Café Müller and The Rite of Spring, one of the finest (and most sex­u­ally charged) in­ter­pre­ta­tions of Igor Stravin­sky’s iconic com­po­si­tion. Septem­ber 14–24, Brooklyn Academy of Mu­sic, 30 Lafayette Ave., Brooklyn, 718-636-4100; bam.org

2. RODIN AT THE MET

Mu­se­ums world­wide are mount­ing ex­hi­bi­tions to honor the centenary of Au­guste Rodin’s death. Draw­ing on its celebrated Rodin col­lec­tion, the Met­ro­pol­i­tan Mu­seum of Art will ex­hibit 50 sculp­tures, in­clud­ing fa­vorites— The Thinker, The Hand of God, and Or­pheus and Eury­dice— along­side oth­ers that have been out of pub­lic view for decades. (Look for The Tem­pest.) An ad­ja­cent gallery dis­plays Rodin’s draw­ings, and don’t miss the doc­u­men­tary pho­tog­ra­phy by Ed­ward Ste­ichen, who

pre­sented the first Amer­i­can show of Rodin’s work, in 1908. Septem­ber 16 –Jan­uary 15, The Met­ro­pol­i­tan Mu­seum of Art, 1000 Fifth Ave., 212-5357710; met­mu­seum.org

3. THE PUB­LIC THEATER’S AN­NIVER­SARY SEA­SON

El­e­va­tor Re­pair Ser­vice is tak­ing its first dive into Shake­speare in the com­pany’s 25-year his­tory. As­so­ciate pro­ducer and ac­tor Lind­say Hock­a­day ac­knowl­edges it’s a big chal­lenge: “Mea­sure for Mea­sure is one of Shake­speare’s ‘prob­lem plays’—it doesn’t fit neatly into com­edy or tragedy,” Hock­a­day says. The Obiewin­ning troupe rec­on­ciles the play’s ab­sur­dity and se­ri­ous­ness through ex­per­i­ments with rhythm, de­liv­er­ing di­a­logue at the light­ning speed of slap­stick or the slow pace of truth and com­pas­sion. It’s part of the Pub­lic Theater’s year­long cel­e­bra­tion of its 50th an­niver­sary at Astor Place. Septem­ber 18–Novem­ber 5, 425 Lafayette St., 212-539-8500; pub­lic theater.org

4. BLANK OUT AT THE AR­MORY

Hav­ing wowed crit­ics and au­di­ences with his bound­ary­break­ing 3-D cham­ber opera, Blank Out, Michel van der Aa brings it to Park Av­enue Ar­mory’s mas­sive Drill Hall. Based loosely on the life of South African poet In­grid Jonker, who drowned at 31, Blank Out weaves the live per­for­mance of so­prano Miah Pers­son, as Jonker, with pre­re­corded au­dio and vis­ual loops of Pers­son, bari­tone Rod­er­ick Wil­liams (play­ing Jonker’s son), and the Dutch Cham­ber Choir. Wear­ing 3-D glasses, the au­di­ence is wrapped in a sen­sory ex­pe­ri­ence of mem­ory and tragedy. Septem­ber 21–25 and 27, 643 Park Ave., 212-6163930; ar­mory­on­park.org

5. POP-UP DIN­NER ON GOV­ER­NORS IS­LAND

Sonoma-based Hand Made Events has hosted sold-out pop-up din­ners across the coun­try, but this is the com­pany’s first on Gov­er­nors Is­land. You pro­vide the din­ner—sim­ple fare or haute, wine or not. They pro­vide ta­bles, chairs, and en­ter­tain­ment. Setup starts at 4 PM; be­gin­ning at 6 PM, you can eat and dance the night away, all with the in­com­pa­ra­ble back­drop of the Man­hat­tan sky­line, the har­bor, and—bien sûr—the Statue of Lib­erty. Pro­ceeds ben­e­fit the Friends of Gov­er­nors Is­land, but get your tick­ets early; they’ll sell out fast. Septem­ber 9, Gov­er­nors Is­land; go­v­is­land.com

Miah Pers­son and Rod­er­ick Wil­liams in Blank Out, which comes to the Ar­mory this sea­son. ƚƛƨưƞ ƟƫƨƦ ƥƞɵƭ Au­guste Rodin’s The Em­brace, on view at the Met; two land­mark works by Pina Bausch open the 2017 Next Wave Fes­ti­val at BAM.

A film still of Rod­er­ick Wil­liams in Blank Out. ƛƞƥƨư: Gov­er­nors Is­land will be the site of a pop-up din­ner (com­plete with danc­ing and sky­line views) on Septem­ber 9.

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