The Baryshnikov Arts Center (BAC) has announced the Fall 2022 season of dance, music and installation presented in BAC’s performance spaces, from October 17 to December 17. All tickets for BAC Presents events are on sale now at BACNYC.ORG.

The Autumn 2022 season begins with four evenings of concerts at the BAC Salon: the quartet collective Owls presents a program weaving together new compositions with original arrangements of music ranging from the 1700s to the 2010s (October 17 + 18); brass quartet The Westerlies perform a selection of traditional shape-note hymns alongside four world premieres, one by each member of the ensemble, inspired by the musical properties of shape-note singing (October 19 and 20) . The final musical presentation of BAC Fall 2022 will be a one-night-only piano concert on December 1 by renowned pianist Boris Berman, performing two American premieres and three earlier works by prominent Ukrainian composer Valentin Silvestrov, showcasing the evolution of Silvestrov’s musical style from the 1960s to the present day.

From October 27-29, in partnership with The Merce Cunningham Trust and The Juilliard School, BAC presents Unavailable Memory: In Conversation with Cunningham & Cage, a dance and music program featuring Cunningham’s Totem Ancestor (1942) and Loops (1971) , piano compositions by John Cage performed by Adam Tendler, a new sound composition by composer John King, new choreography by Juilliard School students and a world premiere by choreographer Bebe Miller. From November 17-19, lighting designer Jennifer Tipton will share a light exhibit designed to show the earth’s relationship to the sun, tracing the origin and precariousness of the sun’s life support and exploring the visual archetypes of the seasons. Theater artist Ain Gordon and choreographer and dancer Liz Gerring will activate the installation. The final presentation of the season will be the world premiere of choreographer Tere O’Connor’s Rivulets (December 7-10, 14-17), her first major New York premiere since 2017.

Owls

October 17 + 18 at 7:30 p.m.
Howard Gilman Performance Space
BACSalon
Tickets: $20 at BACNYC.ORG
Duration: 65 minutes

Known for their original, visceral and personal performances, the collective quartet Owls (violinist Alexi Kenney, violist Ayane Kozasa, cellist Gabriel Cabezas and cellist-composer Paul Wiancko) challenges the way meaningful concert experiences are designed. Weaving new compositions with original arrangements of music spanning the 1700s to the 2010s, this program showcases Owls’ distinctive instrumentation, allowing them to access beautiful and exhilarating new worlds of sound.

Program:

Children’s Song No. 12 (1984)

Korea chick

Vox Petra (2018)

Paul Wiancko

Requirements (2015)

Franghiz Ali-Zadeh

The Mysterious Barricades (1717)

Francois Couperin

Ricercar (2000)

Trollstilt (Monica Mugan and Dan Trueman)

When the night (2018)

Paul Wiancko

Good Medicine (1986)

Terry Riley

West winds

Taking Shape (world premiere)

October 19 + 20 at 7:30 p.m.

Howard Gilman Performance Space

BACSalon

Tickets: $20 at BACNYC.ORG

Runtime: 60 minutes

The Westerlies have long been fascinated by the rich tradition of American form-note music, a body of work written with a notation system designed to facilitate congregational and social singing. On the program, the ensemble presents a selection of traditional shapenote hymns alongside four world premieres, one by each member of the ensemble, inspired by the musical properties of shapenote singing. With concert hall precision and a folksy approach, The Westerlies invite the listener into their musical world, blazing new trails across the vast expanse of the American musical landscape.

Selections to include:

Robert Henry

Andy Clausen

Shape Note Songs:

crying mary

Traditional

Louisiana

William Walker

Friends who are breaking up

Arr. John G. McCurry

Four original Westerlies compositions

World premieres commissioned by BAC

Intermission

Caroline Shaw

Saro

Traditional

Unavailable Memory: Conversation with Cunningham and Cage (World Premiere)

October 27-29 at 7:30 p.m.

Jerome Robbins Theater

Tickets: $25 at bacnyc.org
Duration: 60 minutes

Unavailable Memory: In Conversation with Cunningham & Cage is an evening of dance and music featuring Totem Ancestor (1942) performed by Mac Twining and Loops (1971) performed by Molissa Fenley, Justin Lynch and Chaery Moon, both of Merce Cunningham, and six piano compositions by John Cage performed by Adam Tendler. Presented in conversation with these historic works, a new choreography by four Juilliard School students, developed with the mentorship of Rashaun Mitchell, telemetries, a new sound composition by John King made in response to Gordon Mumma’s original score for Loops (1971 ), and the world premiere of Bebe Miller’s Tether, performed by Miller with Angie Hauser and Darrell Jones. Co-produced by The Merce Cunningham Trust, Unavailable Memory: In Conversation with Cunningham & Cage presents a multifaceted conversation between music and dance, youth and maturity, and reconstruction and invention.

Our days and our nights (world premiere)

November 17-19 at 7:30 p.m.

Jerome Robbins Theater

Tickets: $25 at bacnyc.org
Duration: 60 minutes

Acclaimed lighting designer Jennifer Tipton will share a light exhibit designed to show the relationship between the earth and the sun, tracing the origin and precariousness of the sun’s life support and exploring the visual archetypes of the seasons. Theater artist Ain Gordon and choreographer and dancer Liz Gerring will activate the installation. Space design by Michael Yeargan and sound design by Scott Lehrer.

Jennifer Tipton has been awarded the 2019-2020 Cage Cunningham Fellowship, an award created in 2015 for artists who demonstrate John Cage and Merce Cunningham’s commitment to artistic innovation.

Boris Berman

Works by Valentin Silvestrov
December 1 at 7:30 p.m.
Jerome Robbins Theater

Tickets: $25 at bacnyc.org
Duration: 60 minutes

Pianist Boris Berman shares a one-night concert of the music of prominent Ukrainian composer Valentin Silvestrov, whose music he has championed since the 1960s. This program presents a panorama of the evolution of Silvestrov’s musical style, from underground Soviet modernism from the post-Stalinist USSR to his later works characterized by a calm and intense simplicity.

Program:

Triad (1961-1966)

Sonata No. 2 (1975)

Kitsch Music (1977)

Five Pieces op. 306 (2021) (US premiere)

Three Pieces, March 2022, Berlin (US premiere)

Tere O’Connor

Streams (World Premiere)

December 7-10, 14-17 at 7:30 p.m.

Howard Gilman Performance Space

Tickets: $25 at bacnyc.org
Duration: 60 minutes

Over her 40-year career, Tere O’Connor’s singular movement constructs have been guided by the expansion of the human spirit. In Rivulets, O’Connor explores the qualitative spectrum posed by the unison/non-unison coupling to locate alternative choreographic structures that celebrate the unruly nature of consciousness. Set to O’Connor’s original musical score, this world premiere is created in collaboration with performers Leslie Cuyjet, Tess Dworman, Wendell Gray, Emma Judkins, Jordan Lloyd, Jordan Morley, Mac Twining and Jessie Young. Lighting by Michael O’Connor.

Co-commissioned by Danspace Project.

Support provided by the Wexner Center for the Arts Performing Arts Residency Award, The Ohio State University.