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BAM: Thank You! New Programming for Families

December 6, 2012

BAMkidsFilmFestival. Image courtesy of BAM.

I’ll probably catch some flack for this- but, I’m going to say it anyway. For a long time, I have wondered why BAM didn’t offer more family programming. I’ve  liked the events they have done for families, (kidsFilmFestival, DanceAfrica and BAMboo!), but the total offerings were sparse. It seemed to me that BAM had ignored a large swath of their surrounding population- families.

So, I was extremely happy to get an email from them yesterday, announcing that they were stepping up the family programming. They aren’t making baby steps: they have added 5 international theatre, dance and storytelling productions, concerts, school-break programs and a teen film festival.

I wish I could go shake the person’s hand whose idea this was…but, I can’t, so “thank you” via a post will have to suffice.  And Target gets a big bouquet of roses too as they are the presenting sponsor.

The programming selection feels like a hybrid between The New Victory Theatre and New York International Children’s Film Festival. And, that’s great news. What do you think?

Though none of this new programming starts until 2013, you can start purchasing tickets now. (For some productions, you have to be a subscriber to have early access to ticketing).

Full programming schedule is below:

Family Launch Party. Image courtesy of BAM.

BAMfamily Launch Party: Down the Rabbit Hole
Sponsored by Target
Jan 19, 12—4pm
All ages
BAM Fisher (Fishman Space)
321 Ashland Place
The incredibly talented actors, comedians, and educators of Story Pirates take the words and ideas of young kids and turn them into hilarious sketch comedy musicals, performed with puppets, songs, and outrageous characters.  The creative minds from the off-Broadway company Urban Stages share a whimsical musical that features a sniffly heroine, Wendy Windstorm, who sneezes the poems out of Poetsville.

Alice in Wonderland. Image courtesy of BAM.

Alice in Wonderland
Jan 26 at 11am and 3pm
Jan 27 at 2pm
Ages 5 and up
BAM Fisher (Fishman Space)
321 Ashland Place
Tickets: $12
Winner of the Acadie-RIDEAU award in 2008, this adaptation incorporates puppets, masks, music and wordplay to peek into the madcap world of Lewis Carroll’s novel.

BAMkids Film Festival. Image courtesy of BAM.

BAMkids Film Festival
Presented in association with the International Children’s Media Center
Curated by Nicole Dreiske
Feb 2 and 3
Ages 2 to10
BAM Rose Cinemas and BAMcafé (30 Lafayette Ave)
Tickets: $12 (adults); $9 (children under 13 and seniors); $7 (BAM Cinema Club
members) per screening
Curated especially for young children and now in its 15th year, this two-day festival features the best in films for younger audiences in conjunction with live music, facepainting, and movie-making activities.

Charlotte Blake Alston. Image courtesy of BAM.

Charlotte Blake Alston: Stories and Songs in the Oral Tradition
Mar 3 at 12 and 3pm
Ages 4 and up
BAM Fisher (Fishman Space)
321 Ashland Place
Tickets: $12
Internationally renowned master storyteller Charlotte Blake Alston performs selections from her wide repertoire of stories and songs from the African and African-American oral traditions.

Spring Poetry. Image courtesy of BAM.

Poetry 2013: Game Changers
Directed by Monica Williams
Mar 15 & 16 at 7:30pm
Ages 13 and up
BAM Harvey Theater (651 Fulton Street)
Tickets: $15, 20
The annual showcase returns to BAM for two evenings of dynamic interdisciplinary performance incorporating spoken-word, music and dance. Previous sold-out
performances have featured a diverse group of stellar nationally recognized talent.

Kindur. Image courtesy of BAM.

Compagnia TPO
Artistic Direction by Francesco by Gandi and and Davide Venturini
A co-production with Teatro Metastasio Stabile della Toscana
Mar 23 at 11am and 3pm
Ages 4 and up
BAM Fisher (Fishman Space)
321 Ashland Place
Tickets: $12
Three dancers take the role of “kindur” (or “sheep” in Icelandic) to guide audiences on an immersive adventure. A fairy-tale landscape of glaciers, volcanoes, and flower-filled meadows is brought to vibrant life through touch.

Image courtesy of BAM.

School-Break Program: Pilobolus for Kids
Mar 25—28
Ages 8 to 11
BAM Fisher (Fishman Space and Hillman Studio)
321 Ashland Place
Price: $300, Scholarships available
In this four-day shadow play workshop, children work collaboratively and assume the position of being in a production company in which everyone plays an indispensable role.

Big Screen Bash. Image courtesy of BAM.

Big Screen Bash
Presented in association with the International Children’s Media Center
Curated by Nicole Dreiske
Apr 20 & 21
Ages 13 to 18
BAM Rose Cinemas, 30 Lafayette Ave
Tickets: $12 (adults); $9 (19 and under and seniors); $7 (BAM Cinema Club Members)
per screening
BAM’s Big Screen Bash celebrates the creative vision and achievements of young New York filmmakers (ages 13—18) while showcasing the works of celebrated professional filmmakers whose cinematic messages resonate with youth worldwide.

Kindiefest. Image courtesy of BAM.

KindieFest Concert
April 28, 12—4pm
Ages 12 and under
BAM Fisher (Fishman Space)
321 Ashland Place
Tickets: $12
BAM partners with KindieFest, the conference and festival for musicians performing for families, to present an afternoon marathon of some of the best bands in the family music world. The complete line-up will be announced spring 2013.

In the Garden. Image courtesy of BAM.

In the Garden
A co-production of Teatro Paraíso Antzerkia and Théâtre de la Guimbarde
May 3—5 at 10:30am & 1pm
Ages 1 to 4
BAM Fisher (Fishman Space)
321 Ashland Place
Tickets: $12
In a mesmerizing daydream, a man and woman travel through a garden and discover a piece of cloth amid the trees. The cloth becomes a blank canvas for vivid imagery and shadow play, in which theater mixes with video, silhouette, and drawing to create a captivating visual feast.

Mur-Mur. Image courtesy of BAM.

Mur-Mur (The Wall)
DynamO Théâtre
May 18 at 11am & 3pm
Ages 7 and up
BAM Fisher (Fishman Space)
321 Ashland Place
Tickets: $12
A remarkable work of acrobatic choreography, Mur-Mur (The Wall) reveals a world of humor, innocence, and discovery through the story of friendship among five characters: two teenage couples and a pesky and incorrigible younger brother.

BAM Membership grants families advanced access to tickets, discounts at Greenlight Bookstore, BAMcafé and over 30 local restaurants. To join Friends of BAM call
718.626.4194 or visit BAM.org/Join. BAMfamily Ticket Assistance Program (TAP) provides free tickets for BAM events to families enrolled in free or reduced-price meal programs in New York City schools. To learn more, or to apply to TAP visit BAM.org/#Family.