Emerging artists shine at 5th annual BEAT Festival
All around the world, people are talking about Brooklyn. This global appeal has come about, in part, by the artist community that has always lived, worked and created this vibe that is unmistakably Brooklyn.
For the fifth year in a row, the Brooklyn Emerging Artists in Theater (BEAT) Festival is celebrating the creativity and energy that makes our borough so unique. They do this bringing electrifying performance artists out into the streets to interact with audiences and the spaces themselves from September 15-23.
For the first time, BEAT has asked three esteemed Brooklyn-based artists to curate the 2016 festival: Keisha-Gaye Anderson (voice), Terry Greiss (theater), and LEIMAY’s Ximena Garnica and Shige Moriya (dance).
BEAT’s primary aim is to support and develop emerging performing artists in Brooklyn, with many free performances, with events up to $20. General festival passes are available for $50, or two for $75.
The festival kicks off on September 15 at the Brooklyn Museum, where all participating artists will be performing throughout the museum – and it’s up to you to find them.
Events in Downtown Brooklyn include Thea Little and Niki Singleton in Control Equinox on September 19 at noon right in the lobby of 1 MetroTech, plus two MetroTech Lunchtime Mashups in the Commons. The first, on September 16, explores the mythological story of Apollo through street dance, then David Langlois and Ras Osagyefo tap into the deep musical and poetic history of Rastafari. David is a multi-instrumentalist having played around the world with the likes of Bette Midler and Paul McCartney, and Ras is a Jamaican-born poet and author.
The second mashup in the Commons takes place on September 23, with a unique collaboration between a beatboxer and a cyr wheel artist to combine movement, poetry and music. Derick Cross will beatbox alongside Jamila Youngstedt and her spinning wheel. This unique performance will be followed by Lucy Kerr’s equally compelling sculptural performance installation, The World of Wrestling.
If you have yet to visit the Kumble Theater at LIU, check out the The FLEX Program’s FLEX-Hyperborealis performance on September 20 at 7pm. Tickets are $20.
For more information, check out beatbrooklyn.com