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(photo by Mats Baecker)

Kenneth Kvarnström incorporates dance, Baroque music, spoken word, and duct tape in U.S. premiere at BAM (photo by Mats Baecker)

BAM Fisher, Fishman Space
321 Ashland Pl.
September 23-26, $25, 7:30

There’s almost nothing you can’t accomplish with a good roll of duct tape. Finnish-born, Swedish-based choreographer Kenneth Kvarnström makes unique use of the product, originally created as “duck tape” for the U.S. military during WWII, in the sixty-minute production TAPE, making its U.S. premiere at the BAM Fisher as part of the Next Wave Festival. Originally choreographed as part of a double bill featuring his own K. Kvarnström & Co/Kulturhuset City Theatre Stockholm and Skånes Dansteater in Sweden, TAPE involves dancers and duct tape as Jonas Nordberg traverses the stage, playing Baroque music by J. S. Bach, François Couperin, Francis Poulenc, and others on lute, theorbo, and guitar. The performers, who also take turns at a microphone, addressing such topics as music, dance, and baking, wear black and white costumes by Swedish fashion designer Astrid Olsson; the set and lighting design is by Jens Sethzman. In addition to the evening performances on September 23-26, there will be a working dress rehearsal on Wednesday at 2:00, open to Level 3 BAM members.

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