22/23 Performance Season
Live music, and dance on film! Bang on a Can’s newest show is a seamless integration of cutting edge music, revolutionary dance, and film. Working closely with The Joyce Theater in New York, we’ve paired some of the most adventurous composers and choreographers working today, asking them to push each other towards new discoveries. Each choreographer is commissioned to create a new dance work which is then filmed and sewn together into a dynamic blur of movement and image, all accompanied live by the electric Bang on a Can All-Stars.
music by Josue Collado Fregoso with dance by Pioneer Winter music by Michael Gordon with dance by Brian Brooks
music by Hildur Gudnadottir with dance by Andros Zins-Browne music by David Lang with dance by Annie B Parson
music by Qasim Naqvi with dance by Kyle Marshall
music by Angelica Negron with dance by Keerati Jinakunwiphat music by Henry Threadgill with dance by Rena Butler
music by Trevor Weston with dance by Jerron Herman
music by Julia Wolfe with dance by Andrea Miller
Winner of the 2015 Pulitzer Prize, Julia Wolfe’s Anthracite Fields is a poignant oratorio commemorating the Pennsylvania coal miners whose work fueled the nation. Featuring Bang on a Can All-Stars, local choir, and striking scenography, Wolfe’s acclaimed tribute draws from oral histories, interviews, speeches, local rhymes, and provides an intimate look at a particular moment in the history of industrialization.
“This is a major, profound work.” – Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times
MEMORY GAME with Meredith Monk
A celebration of the decades long relationship of this iconic singer with the Bang on a Can All-Stars. Memory Game is a collection of songs performed over the 30 year collaboration between these two musical pioneers.
Michael Gordon, has created an immersive sonic experience that allows for local musicians to perform with Bang on a Can All-Stars in a “surround sound” live performance that is the finale of an All Stars repertory concert/residency. The 6 members of Bang on a Can, with 24 local players, incorporate mentoring/rehearsal periods into a brief residency that culminates with the 30-piece orchestra performing together in a unique staging for the concert audience.
FLOWER POWER with Orchestra
Julia Wolfe’s, Flower Power, brings the Bang on a Can All-Stars to the symphony stage. Performed with orchestra, it is inspired by a radical revolutionary moment – the late 1960’s – a time when experimental ideas and questions permeated throughout the political, social, and artistic landscape.