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Watch Choreography in a Cemetery! Explore a Museum with poet Aja Monet! BEAT Festival 2014

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With its mix of ethnic neighborhoods, historic culture, progressive style and timeless attitude, Brooklyn is a crucial base for creators in the performing arts. The borough’s compelling thump powers The BEAT Festival, a sprawling annual showcase of the best in Brooklyn theater, dance and voice artists. Staging ticketed and free events at majestic and unusual spaces throughout the borough, BEAT shows why Brooklyn’s performing arts are so influential and electrifying and why the borough’s unique pulse galvanizes audiences as well as artists.

 

 

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BEAT Opening Night

7pm | FREE*
Brooklyn Museum
200 Eastern Parkway

For one night only, the Brooklyn Museum becomes the “Brooklyn Museum of the Performing Arts.” See all the artists in this year’s BEAT Festival performing throughout Brooklyn’s largest cultural institution. Performances will be taking place in all corners and halls of the building and it’s up to you to find them. Come one, come all – this is a true celebration of Brooklyn performing arts.

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*Note: The standard museum suggested donation entrance policy still applies.

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MetroTech Lunchtime MashUp with Two Sides Sounding & Bed-Stuy Veterans: Featuring Ghost, Poba, and Rain

12noon | FREE
MetroTech Commons

A rare combo of new music and NYC Bruk-Up come together in the MetroTech Commons. New music ensemble Two Sides Sounding will perform a selection of songs and duets about life in New York City, including music by New York composers Ellen Mandel, Ray Lustig, Daron Hagen, Gabriel Kahane and Gilda Lyons. Then witness the uncanny movements of the Bed-Stuy Veterans, pioneers of NYC Bruk-Up, an art form that utilizes body pops, locks, waves, glides, and shakes to visually represent the music itself. Come early, grab lunch, and settle in for a free hour-long show!

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Crossing Over: A Performance Adventure In Green-Wood Cemetery

7:30pm, 7:50pm, 8:10pm, 8:30pm | $35
Green-Wood Cemetery | 500 25th St
Note: Each tour lasts approx 2 hours.

With tours by Atlas Obscura, and Site-Specific Performances Created By Elisabet Torras Aguilera, LEIMAY: Shige Moriya & Ximena Garnica, Shirel Jones, and Sophia Schrank

Crossing Over is a nighttime tour of Green-Wood Cemetery featuring four site-specific dance performances, each uniquely created by a distinctive Brooklyn-based choreographer to celebrate the now, with history and place as the stunning backdrop. These dramatic performances will coincide with a journey though Green-Wood led by Atlas Obscura, tour-guide to the world’s most wondrous places. The expedition and performances will highlight tombs from New York’s remarkable performing arts history, and conclude within the cemetery’s hallowed catacombs.

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Note: Each Crossing Over tour lasts approximately 90 minutes and may be hilly and strenuous; wear comfortable shoes.

Note: All choreographers will also be performing as part of BEAT Opening Night on Thurs, Sept 11 (FREE). To learn more and RSVP, please click here.

Who Are the Artists?

AOAtlas Obscura

In an age where everything seems to have been explored and there is nothing new to be found, we celebrate a different way of looking at the world. If you’re searching for miniature cities, glass flowers, books bound in human skin, gigantic flaming holes in the ground, bone churches, balancing pagodas or homes built entirely out of paper, the Atlas Obscura is where you’ll find them.

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Elisabet Torras Aguilera was born and raised in Barcelona where she studied Flamenco and Danza Española, and then continued her studies in Madrid. She has toured Spain and China, and is now a performer at Alegrias la Nacional and other NYC stages. For Crossing Over, she will perform a Martinete, one of the least happy palo’s (styles) in Flamenco. The work will explore a historical relation with the work in the forge, the compás structure is often beaten out with a hammer on an anvil. Hence its name, a type of hammer. The gypsy forges in the Seville-Jerez-Cadiz triangle were hotbeds of these time-honored cantes. Martinete performed by dancer Elisabet Torras Aguilera, singer Ismael de la Rosa and percussionist Jose Moreno.

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Rooted in the body, LEIMAY: Ximena Garnica and Shige Moriya creates performances that juxtapose sound, video, light and movement to create multi-sensory experiences of wild physicality and meditative stillness. For Crossing Over, LEIMAY will celebrate life and death with a new work, Thresholds, created specially for the mausoleums at Green-Wood. Thresholds explores the fragility and resilience of life through a rising and falling dance at the threshold of death.

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Shirel_Jones3_Photo_By_Tamika HernandezShirel Jones

Born in Trinidad and raised in Brooklyn, Shirel Jones has taught ballet, contemporary jazz, modern dance, and creative movement at schools across the U.S. and overseas. Her Crossing Over performance, “Phoenix: Episode 1,” reflects the cycle of who we were, are, and will be. Like the Phoenix we are cyclically reborn, entering each moment with only the knowledge of times before and predictions for the next.

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Sophia_Schrank_Photo_by_Ira SchrankSophia Schrank

Sophia Schrank is a writer, director, choreographer and photographer. In addition to creating new theatrical work, she is pursuing her teaching credentials in Vinyasa Yoga. In her Crossing Over show, “Somnambulists’ Tango,” a jester looks for a new act, a wayfaring traveller falls in love with a ghost, and a manic phantom struggles with a memory that escaped her. Presented through eccentric choreography and set in Niblo’s dream-awakening garden, “Somnambulists’ Tango” tells of passionate longing amongst quiet souls. Created by Sophia Schrank; Choreography: Sophia Schrank, Nico Mazza; Tango choreography: Nico Mazza; Performers: Michael Cusimano, Chloe Markewic.

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P1040106What Is Green-Wood Cemetery?

Founded in 1838 and now a National Historic Landmark, Green-Wood was one of the first rural cemeteries in America. Green-Wood is 478 spectacular acres of hills, valleys, glacial ponds and paths, throughout which exists one of the largest outdoor collections of 19th- and 20th-century statuary and mausoleums. Its 560,000 permanent residents include Leonard Bernstein, Boss Tweed, Charles Ebbets, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Louis Comfort Tiffany, Horace Greeley, Civil War generals, baseball legends, politicians, artists, entertainers and inventors.

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Photo Credits: LEIMAY, Piotr Redlinski; Shirel Jones, Tamika Hernandez; Sophia Schrank, Ira Schrank

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Two Sides Sounding

12noon | Free
East New York Farmer’s Market
Schenck Avenue Between New Lots and Livonia Avenues

Two Sides Sounding presents the opera scene Stop and Frisk, a look at two childhood friends in conflict over a police incident, by Sidney Marquez Boquiren and Daniel Neer. Stop and Frisk is Scene I of the opera Independence Eve, which is currently in development under the auspices of American Opera Projects, Brooklyn, New York. Stop and Frisk was fostered during AOP’s 2011-12 “Composers & the Voice” program. Featuring performances by tenor Brandon Snook, baritone Jorell Williams and pianist Mila Henry, with stage direction by Ted Gorodetzky. This performance will take place on the main stage at the East New York Farmer’s Market.

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sept12 and 13

Dancewave and Bed Stuy Veterans: Featuring Ghost, Poba, and Rain

4pm | FREE
The Daily News Plaza
Barclays Center, 620 Atlantic Ave

The Bed Stuy Veterans open this free event featuring their incomparable style, NYC Bruk-Up, a form of movement based on a dance that originated in Jamaica. It is essentially Jamaican dancing, hence the name Bruk-Up (Bruk is the West-Indian way of saying Break or Broke).  This is followed at 5pm with Dancewave performing contemporary choreography featuring a collection of their young group of Brooklyn-based dancers.

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sept12 and 13

Front Porch Stories: Aja Monet

7:30pm | FREE
United Community Centers, 613 New Lots Ave

“The true definition of an artist” is how Harry Belafonte describes Aja Monet, an internationally established poet, performer, and educator from East New York. She is recognized for her spellbinding voice, stage presence, and imagery that captivates audiences around the globe. For BEAT 2014, she returns to her East New York roots to share work on issues of family, community, gentrification, and home.

Aja Monet is the youngest individual to win the legendary Nuyorican Poet’s Café Grand Slam title. She has been showcased at On Broadway at the Town Hall Theater, Apollo Theater, Paradiso in Amsterdam, and countless other stages. She was invited by the UN Youth Delegates to perform for ambassadors, national politicians, diplomats, and directors of various agencies at the United Nations. Monet works with inner-city youth as a Teaching Artist for Urban Word NYC, as well as Urban Arts Partnership, where she encourages students to transform the world by transforming themselves.

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sept12 and 13

The Unsung City: Two Sides Sounding

7:30pm | $20
Brooklyn Historical Society, 128 Pierrepont St

Two Sides Sounding presents the premiere of Daniel Felsenfeld’s Bruce Bailey, an “urban cantata” on the life and times of the late tenants’ rights activist, the opera scene Stop and Frisk by Sidney Marquez Boquiren, a look at two childhood friends in conflict over a police incident, and the premiere of Ellen Mandel’s HAIKU NYC. Plus songs by composers Daron Hagen, Gabriel Kahane, Ray Lustig, Gilda Lyons, Rachel Peters and William Bolcom. With performances by Eleanor Taylor (soprano), Brandon Snook (tenor), Daniel Neer (baritone), Jorell Williams (baritone), Mila Henry (piano), and Ted Gorodetzky (director & multimedia composition).

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Bed Stuy Veterans: Featuring Ghost, Poba, and Rain

12pm | Free
4 Chase Metrotech Center

The Bed Stuy Veterans demonstrate NYC Bruk-Up, a style of movement based on a dance form that originated in Jamaica. It is essentially Jamaican dancing, hence the name Bruk-Up (Bruk is the West-Indian way of saying Break or Broke). It was created in the mid-1990’s by a man of the same name, BrukUp. Although the form didn’t initially include waving and gliding among other movements, BSV has since nurtured it into an art form all its own. The ultimate goal of Bruk-Up is to utilize a series of body pops, locks, waves, glides, and shakes that become a visual representation of the music. Being in sync with the song is of high importance.

NOTE: This performance is not available to the general public.

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Draw the Circle: Mashuq Deen

7:30pm | $20
Kumble Theater at LIU Brooklyn
One University Plaza
(Flatbush Avenue btwn DeKalb Ave & Willoughby St)

The Bed Stuy Veterans demonstrate NYC Bruk-Up, a style of movement based on a dance form that originated in Jamaica. It is essentially Jamaican dancing, hence the name Bruk-Up (Bruk is the West-Indian way of saying Break or Broke). It was created in the mid-1990’s by a man of the same name, BrukUp. Although the form didn’t initially include waving and gliding among other movements, BSV has since nurtured it into an art form all its own. The ultimate goal of Bruk-Up is to utilize a series of body pops, locks, waves, glides, and shakes that become a visual representation of the music. Being in sync with the song is of high importance.

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Bed Stuy Veterans: Featuring Ghost, Poba, and Rain

7:30pm | FREE
Mi Tierra Community Park, 2501 Pitkin Ave

The Bed Stuy Veterans demonstrate NYC Bruk-Up, a style of movement based on a dance form that originated in Jamaica. It is essentially Jamaican dancing, hence the name Bruk-Up (Bruk is the West-Indian way of saying Break or Broke). It was created in the mid-1990’s by a man of the same name, BrukUp. Although the form didn’t initially include waving and gliding among other movements, BSV has since nurtured it into an art form all its own. The ultimate goal of Bruk-Up is to utilize a series of body pops, locks, waves, glides, and shakes that become a visual representation of the music. Being in sync with the song is of high importance.

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Poba beat fest
sept18 and 19

Private(i): Fixed Agency

5pm & 7pm | $30/$20
Brooklyn Navy Yard | BLDG 92, 63 Flushing Ave (@ Carlton Ave)

The year is 2020. We’re in a society of hyper-surveillance, where privacy is illegal and secrets are a thing of the past. An underground band of “Aloners” have hacked their way off the grid, inviting outsiders into a hidden world. Participants are matched with a Private(i) – an undercover guide – and embark on a covert walking tour deep within the Brooklyn Navy Yard. Through a series of unexpected encounters, they reconnect with a time when privacy still existed.

Private(i) is an outdoor experience that lasts 1 hour and requires comfortable footwear.

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Backyard Songs: Aja Monet

12pm | Free
MetroTech Commons | MetroTech Center

“The true definition of an artist” is how Harry Belafonte describes Aja Monet, an internationally established poet, performer, and educator from East New York. She is recognized for her spellbinding voice, stage presence, and imagery that captivates audiences around the globe. For BEAT 2014, she returns to her East New York roots to share work on issues of family, community, gentrification, and home.

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Mp3 Experiment: Improv Everywhere

Location to be revealed the day before on ImprovEverywhere.com

Improv Everywhere will post an original mp3 file that people will add to their mobile devices. Participants will then synchronize watches, convene at a public place, and blend in. At a predetermined time, they all press Play. Hilarity ensues as the agents carry out ridiculous, coordinated instructions delivered to their headphones via narrator “Steve,” and everyone else tries to figure out what the hell is going on.

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BEAT Festival Closing Party

7pm | $10
Irondale Center | 85 S Oxford St

Join us for a lively gathering of friends, artists, and special guests (!) to celebrate the close of the Third Annual BEAT Festival. Not to be missed!