Production Language English
Country of Origin United States
Description A panel of theater luminaries discusses the idea of theater in the 21st century using the 2004 Next Wave as a window into current trends and future possibilities. Cultural themes are pervasive including the historical issues of Come home Charley Patton, the examination of the relationship of past and present in The Dybbuk, and the cross-cultural fusions of The Temptation of St. Anthony. New theater forms are merging and emerging. The boundaries between art disciplines continue to blur -- from the tanztheater of Pina Bausch to the multi-media of Lost Objects to the experiments in combining language, movement, and sound in Isabella's room. Innovative techniques are highlighted, such as the way the novel is transformed into dramatic form in A Passage to India, the theater of image and text in FAUST/How I Rose, the deconstruction of Nora, and the reconstruction of The Chairs. This BAMtalk examines the question: What is the shape of theater in the global context today and what can we envision for the future? A reception follows.