OK, BAM's announcement of the world premiere of Baby Einstein on the Beach wins the day.
Dovetailing the avant-garde mission of Next Wave with the curriculum of BAM Education, Glass' hypnotic score proves a natural tool for teaching kids how to count and concentrate seriously while doing so. (By the end of workshopping, frustration-induced crying outbursts were nearly nonexistent.) Choreography by the cutting-edge kids' dance company Lucinda's Child deftly mixes kids' natural instincts for skipping back and forth relentlessly, until the point of exhaustion. As with the original production, Baby Einstein blurs the boundary between monotony and transcendence.Even though K2 actually did study Philip Glass in preschool this past fall, and would meet me at pickup singing, "1, 2, 3, 4, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8" I gotta say, nothing describes parenting better than a never-ending blurring of the boundary between monotony and transcendence.