Program announced for Downtown Brooklyn Arts Festival: Discover the District
Three days of programming by acclaimed local arts organizations showcases the vibrancy of the Brooklyn Cultural District.
September 14, 2018
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
(BROOKLYN, NY) – The Downtown Brooklyn Partnership is pleased to announce the full programing and participant list for the inaugural Downtown Brooklyn Arts Festival: Discover the District, taking place September 21 – 23. For the weekend-long celebration of the Brooklyn Cultural District, prestigious neighborhood arts organizations will host free outdoor programming at The Plaza at 300 Ashland and open their doors for exciting performances, talks, and tours.
The Plaza at 300 Ashland
- Friday night kickoff dance party with Soul Summit Music and drum circle with the Brooklyn Music School.
- “Community Day” on Saturday, featuring a performance by the Mark Morris Dance Group followed by a family dance class taught by Dance Group company members, readings from the NY Writers Coalition workshop leaders, and Grammy-nominated orchestra The Knights, presented by BRIC, performing instrumental works by Sufjan Stevens, Bach, and others. The evening will culminate in a salsa dance party led by Los Hacheros.
- On Sunday, New York City Public Artist in Residence Bryan Doerries’ Theater of War Productions in partnership with Brooklyn Public Library presents Drum Major Instinct, featuring Orange Is the New Black’s Samira Wiley. Followed by a community dance party presented by MoCADA with DJ Run P.
Throughout The District
- UrbanGlass open studios, a special tour of the Brooklyn Navy Yard, Theater for a New Audience’ behind the scenes look at the Polonsky Shakespeare Center, and a meet and greet with newly-appointed BRIC President, Kristina Newman-Scott.
Downtown Brooklyn Partnership President Regina Myer said, “This festival is all about bringing together the vibrant institutions, artists and spaces that make up the Brooklyn Cultural District. The exciting lineup offers a unique opportunity to enjoy incredible performances, get to know the neighborhood’s leading cultural institutions, and make use of public spaces like The Plaza at 300 Ashland. We invite everyone to join us throughout the weekend.”
“We are delighted to join Brooklyn’s world-class museums and performing arts institutions for the Downtown Brooklyn Arts Festival at 300 Ashland, the future home of a Brooklyn Public Library branch dedicated to making arts and culture accessible to all,” said Linda E. Johnson, President and CEO of Brooklyn Public Library. “We invite everyone to join us Sunday afternoon for Samira Wiley’s powerful recitation of Martin Luther King’s Drum Major Instinct, presented in partnership with Theater of War.”
“We are thrilled to support the Brooklyn Cultural District community and excited to showcase the fantastic arts organizations in the neighborhood with the Downtown Brooklyn Arts Festival at The Plaza at 300 Ashland” said Kate Gavriel, Two Trees Management Cultural Affairs Director.
Participants include BRIC, Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM), Brooklyn Public Library, Mark Morris Dance Group, Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts (MoCADA), Theater for a New Audience (TFANA), Brooklyn Ballet, Brooklyn Historical Society, Brooklyn Music School, Brooklyn Navy Yard, Dancewave, Irondale Ensemble Project, Issue Project Room, The Knights, New York Transit Museum, NY Writers Coalition, Roulette, and UrbanGlass.
The Downtown Brooklyn Arts Festival is organized by the Downtown Brooklyn Partnership, with support from Two Trees Management Co and Whole Foods 365. For the full calendar of events see below and for more information, visit the website, http://www.dbartsfestival.org/.
FULL SCHEDULE AND EVENT DETAILS
Friday, Sept 21 | 5:00PM - 8:00PM
Brooklyn Music School: Drum Circle
5:00PM – 5:30PM
Feel the beat and join Brooklyn Music School for a drum circle exploring rhythms from the Congo and West Africa.
Soul Summit Music Dance Party
5:30PM - 8:00PM
A true neighborhood institution, Soul Summit Music is a DJ collective known for its long-running dance parties in Fort Greene Park. Emphasizing all things soulful, paying homage to the past, and embracing the future, Soul Summit brings people together for the love of house music and community.
DBAF Community Day
Saturday, Sept 22 | 12:00PM - 8:00PM
Main Stage Programming:
12:15PM | Brooklyn Ballet: New Work and Sneak Peek
Artistic Director Lynn Parkerson collaborates with composer Malcolm Parson, for the new At the Intersection, followed by “The Mechanical Doll Dance” from the re-imagined holiday classic, The Brooklyn Nutcracker. “Vivid and magical… a satisfyingly gorgeous and endearing production.” (The New York Times)
12:45PM | Irondale Ensemble Project: Soundpainting
Soundpainting is the live composing sign language created by composer Walter Thompson. Led by Ensemble member Michael-David Gordon and featuring the members of Young Company, the audience will learn a range of symbols before working together to create a collective Soundpainted piece around the theme of Brooklyn.
1:15PM | NY Writers Coalition: Spotlight Reading
Join talented NYWC workshop leaders share their acclaimed work. After spending the entire year assisting varying communities in honing their craft, now these leaders get a chance to flex their own voice.
1:30PM | Dancewave: Company II performs Mike Esperanza’s Up.Side.Down followed by 1:45PM Soca class
Dancewave’s Company training program prepares young dancers for the versatility and technical challenges of today’s modern choreographers. Dancewave Company II’s performance of Mike Esperanza’s Up.Side.Down is followed by an upbeat Caribbean-based dance class for all ages, taught by Careitha Davis.
2:30PM | NY Writers Coalition: Spotlight Reading
2:45PM | The Knights, Presented by BRIC
A Brooklyn-based orchestra committed to eliminating barriers between audiences and music, the Grammy-nominated ensemble performs on the Plaza for the first time with instrumental works by Sufjan Stevens, Bach, and others. As BRIC artists-in-residence and having toured nationally and internationally, The Knights are proud to be “one of Brooklyn’s sterling cultural products…known far beyond the borough for their relaxed virtuosity and expansive repertory” (The New Yorker).
3:15PM | NY Writers Coalition: Spotlight Reading
3:30PM | Mark Morris Dance Group Performance: Excerpts from Words
The world-renowned Mark Morris Dance Group will perform an excerpt from Mark Morris’ 2014 work, Words. Set to Mendelssohn’s Songs without Words, “Words is another of Mr. Morris’ beguiling affairs, intriguingly expressing poetry beyond words.” (Wall Street Journal)
3:45PM | Dance with Mark Morris Dance Group
Dance with Mark Morris Dance Group company members Brandon Cournay and Nicole Sabellain in this fun class for the whole family featuring excerpts from Mark Morris’ “frisky and enigmatic” (Washington Post) work, Words. Class will be accompanied by Carson Moody on percussion. No experience is necessary. People of all ages, with and without disabilities, are encouraged to participate.
4:45PM | NY Writers Coalition: Spotlight Reading
5:00PM - 8:00PM | Salsa Dance Party featuring Los Hacheros
Close out the night with modern-day torchbearers of the Golden Age of Latin music and local favorites, Los Hacheros. Their critically acclaimed music will inspire old-school salseros and young music fans alike to dance. Kick off the party with a salsa dance class led by Mark Morris Dance Center instructors Andre Degas and Cindy Dowden.
Programming from Downtown Brooklyn cultural institutions on The Plaza at 300 Ashland throughout the day include:
12:00PM - 5:00PM | BRIC
Show off your Downtown Brooklyn pride by learning how to screen print onto a tote bag! Re-design, personalize and decorate your tote with fabric markers and other materials.
12:00PM - 5:00PM | Brooklyn Public Library
Need a good reading recommendation? Through BookMatch Live, librarians are on site to help with on the spot book lists tailored to your specific interests. Also sign up for a library card and make a spoon puppet!
2:00PM - 3:00PM | MoCADA
Join photographer Jendog Lonewolf for a family-friendly photography workshop in correlation with MoCADA’s current exhibition, Home in Community. Be guided through the use of digital and disposable cameras to explore how your own perspectives influence the photographs you take and submit your work to be featured in MoCADA’s social media and physical gallery.
12:00PM - 5:00PM | Theater for a New Audience (TFANA)
Words, words, words! Do you like to play with words? William Shakespeare sure did! TFANA invites you to “play the scribe” and have some fun with the famous playwright who invented many of the “madcap” and “zany” words we still use today. Get ready for a Shakespearean Insult Battle!
12:00PM - 5:00PM | UrbanGlass
Live bead making demonstrations, where UrbanGlass artists will melt glass rods to create colorful glass beads.
Sunday, September 23, 2018
2:00-4:30PM | Theater of War Productions: Drum Major Instinct
New York City Public Artist in Residence Bryan Doerries brings his celebrated Theater of War Productions to the plaza in partnership with the Brooklyn Public Library. The project, starring Orange Is the New Black’s Samira Wiley, presents a reading of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr’s powerful sermon, The Drum Major Instinct. Featuring The Phil Woodmore Singers and a choir that includes police officers, teachers, activists, and members of the faith community from St. Louis, Missouri.
4:30-6:00PM | MoCADA: Community Dance Party with DJ Run P.
Brooklyn-based DJ Run P. closes out the Downtown Brooklyn Arts Festival. The widely respected DJ, on-air personality, and producer is at the forefront of NYC’s future bass movement. Founder of QUENCH, a monthly dance party at the intersection of progressive soul and future bass, Run P. champions the electronic sounds and thorough basslines of house, R&B, hip-hop, funk, dancehall, afrobeat, disco, and more.
Discover the District: across the weekend, arts organizations will also open their doors to welcome visitors behind the scenes for talks, tours, and special performances. Full schedule and ticket details here.
Sat, Sep 22 | 1:00PM - 5:00PM
Open Studios: Ancient Glass
Agnes Varis Art Center, 647 Fulton Street
Explore UrbanGlass’s 17,000 square foot facility, typically closed to the public—and watch artists work. UrbanGlass’s Open Studio will focus on concepts of ancient glass with hands-on activities for all ages, tours of the space, and demonstrations of glassblowing, flameworking, and neon tube bending.
Free. $25 - $65 for workshops.
Fri, Sep 21 | 7:30PM; Sat, Sep 22 & Sun Sep 23 | 2:00PM
Theatre for a New Audience
Polonsky Shakespeare Center, 262 Ashland Place
The Young Vic, HOME & Les Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg co-produced the world premiere of The Emperor, Colin Teevan’s theatrical adaptation of Ryszard Kapuściński’s celebrated and controversial 1978 book about the downfall of Ethiopian emperor Haile Selassie.
Sat, Sep 22 |3:30PM
Theatre for a New Audience (TFANA)
Polonsky Shakespeare Center, 262 Ashland Place
Immediately following the 2PM matinee performance of The Emperor, TFANA will open its doors to the public for a conversation with authors Richard McCoy (Faith in Shakespeare), Maaza Mengiste (Beneath the Lion’s Gaze) and Sean Gasper bye (translator of the History of a Disappearance.)
Sat, Sep 22 |7:00PM
Queer Trash: The Symposium with Justin Allen, Derek Baron, Lorene Bouboushian, Ivoire Foreman, Sarah Hennies, Crystal Penalosa, and Dane Rousay
Issue Project Room
22 Boerum Place
For their third presentation as Suzanne Fiol 2018 Curatorial Fellows, Queer Trash presents an auspicious meeting of bright, queer minds showcasing the myriad ways that queers make sound, make sound queer, or skim around terms that may attempt to contain queer life.
Sun, Sept 23 | 10:30AM - 11:30AM
Polonsky Shakespeare Center Tour
Theatre for a New Audience
Polonsky Shakespeare Center, 262 Ashland Place
Join Dorothy Ryan, Managing Director of Theatre for a New Audience, for a special behind-the-scenes tour of the Polonsky Shakespeare Center. Space is limited to 15 people. All registration is online, in advance. No walk-ups permitted.
Free with registration.
Sun, Sep 23 | 2:00PM
Meet BRICs President, Kristina Newman-Scott
BRIC House Stoop, 647 Fulton Street (enter on Rockwell Place)
In this fireside chat, BRIC’s new President, Kristina Newman Scott, will sit down with BRIC TV managing editor Brian Vines to introduce herself to the community and share her thoughts on leadership in arts and culture.
The Flatbush Mural Reactivated!
80 Flatbush Avenue (Schermerhorn and State Streets)
Katie Merz’s mural at 80 Flatbush Avenue covers the building’s façade with her signature bold, black-and-white graphics representing Brooklyn’s past, present, and future. In celebration of the mural’s one-year anniversary, Merz will spend the weekend drawing a block-long hieroglyphic strip replicating parts of its imagery. Two “butchers” will be slicing and selling pieces by the yard to festival-goers and the general public.