Red Hook Fest 2017


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The 24th Annual Red Hook Fest: We Push Forward, the FREE live music and dance festival on the Brooklyn waterfront, was June 9-10th, 2017. Featuring community workshops, free resources, family activities, games, face painting, and world-class performers, Red Hook Fest is annual fun for the whole family.

We had a stellar line-up of performers, including musical spoken word duo Climbing PoeTree, theatrical contemporary dance group The Dash Ensemble, Princess Grace Award-winning choreographer Loni Landon and the Loni Landon Dance Project, and the electrifying Dabka and Zaffa team The Freedom Dabka Group.

FRI JUNE 9, 2017 Community Cookout & DJ Dance Party (5:30pm-8:30pm)
P.S. 15/Patrick F. Daly School (71 Sullivan St, Brooklyn)
Performances by: M-TRI, DJ Leecy, and Emcee Tah Phrum Da Bush!

Red Hook Fest’s Friday event is in collaboration this year with Red Hook Walks, a Street Fair on Van Brunt organized by our partner, Southwest Brooklyn Industrial Development Corporation.

Red Hook Walks
A Street Fair on Van Brunt between Visitation & Dikeman. 6pm – 10pm

SAT JUNE 10, 2017 Mainstage Performances (2pm-7pm)
@ Louis J. Valentino, Jr. Park & Pier
(Coffey & Ferris Streets, Brooklyn) 
Live music & dance on the Brooklyn waterfront with performances by:

Climbing PoeTree | The Dash Ensemble | The Loni Landon Dance Project | The Freedom Dabka Group

In addition to our exciting lineup of professional mainstage performers, Red Hook Fest: We Push Forward featured  several youth groups, community groups, activities, and resources, including:

Youth Groups:

  • The Shola Bare Experience: Instagram | Facebook
  • Mat King Cole: Facebook | Twitter | Instagram
  • Solomon Goodwin/MVP
  • The Door Dance Ensemble
  • Jow-ile-Bailar Dance Co.
  • Lyrical L: Facebook | Snapchat @Lyrical-L | Instagram
  • Good Shepherd Services/ Rappers
  • East Brooklyn Community High School Dance Group
  • MS 353k- Arelah’s Dance Academy

Community Groups:

 

Friday, June 10th (6pm-8pm)

Community Cookout and DJ Dance Party @ PS 15 Playground (71 Sullivan St, Brooklyn) 

We rocked the neighborhood with FREE food, music, fun, games, and activities for children. Thanks to MC Tah Phrum Duh Bush, M-TRI, DJ Leecy T, and DTE Dance Teaching Artist, Rajonna Lewis for keeping the crowd moving!

June 9 Red Hook Fest celebration


Saturday, June 11th (12pm-7pm)

Mainstage Performances @ Louis J. Valentino, Jr. Park & Pier (Coffey & Ferris Streets, Brooklyn)

We showcased a world-class lineup of performers, hosted a number of fun activities for all ages like kayak rides in New York Harbor (c/o the Red Hook Boaters), hands-on drawing activities, and a face painting. Additionally, more than 50 youth performed for the crowd, representing the next generation of artists in Brooklyn. Emceed by Kymbali Craig.

Saturday June 10 2017 Red Hook Fest performances activity crowd


The Red Hook Fest is supported, in part, by public funds from the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, the New York State Council on the Arts, the Mertz Gilmore Foundation, and Con Edison. Additional support provided by Estate Four, the NY Water Taxi, Fairway, The O’Connell Organization, Movers Not Shakers, Jofaz Transportation, Apple Bank, Ridgewood Savings Bank, and Formula E.

Red Hook: Move It

Dance Theatre Etcetera, a Red Hook-based arts organization, teamed up with Good Shepherd Services to offer free professional dance performances and a DJ dance party at their 2016 Community Thanksgiving Dinner.

Red Hook: Move It / Community Thanksgiving Dinner

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Doors at 5:45PM, Performances at 7:15PM

Beacon Community Center

P.S. 15/Patrick F. Daly School

71 Sullivan Street, Brooklyn 11231

Doors opened for a free, catered Thanksgiving dinner at 5:45pm, bringing together youth, friends, families, Red Hook residents, public officials, and staff from Good Shepherd’s Beacon Community Center.

Dance Theatre Etcetera presented work by Sekou McMiller SMc Dance Company, a leader in the Afro Latin dance movement; Brooklyn-based, high energy flexn crew Reggie “Regg Roc” Gray and The D.R.E.A.M Ring dancers; as well as emerging dancers from Red Hook’s own CYC/Cora Youth Company. Guests worked off their meals after the show at a dance party with DJ Royal Isaac on the turntables.

Red Hook: Move It offers free access to top notch professional dance performances, supports emerging young artists of color, and invites audiences to get on the floor and “move it!” with a live DJ dance party. Good Shepherd Services has been offering this as a free event to the Red Hook community for years, but this year we teamed up to kick it up a notch. Join us for an evening of food, fellowship, performances, and fun!

Dance on the Greenway 2015

Dance on the Greenway  2015 was a FREE fall festival of site-specific dance on the IKEA waterfront. Due to inclement weather, the 2015 festival was held at DTE’s offices on rain date Sunday, October 4, 2015.

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This year’s festival featured the work of four diverse choreographers; two from the Downtown NYC dance community and two Red Hook-based artists.

Artists:

Paloma McGregor/Angela’s Pulse

Audrey Elaine Hailes

Solomon Goodwin/MVP

Juson Williams

Each choreographer was commissioned to create a new work for location in the Erie Basin Park behind IKEA in Red Hook, Brooklyn. They worked in residence throughout the summer and revealed their works on Sunday, October 4, taking big risks in big spaces while, as McGregor says, “building community and illuminating bold, new stories.” Between shows, guests joined us for a dance party with DJ Royal Isaac.

Funding for this project was provided by Engaging Dance Audiences/Dance USA, which put our local festival on the national stage while providing for interactive, community-based programming in our Red Hook neighborhood. Engaging Dance Audiences is administered by Dance/USA and made possible with generous funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.

Our Dance on the Greenway 2015 artists performed at several events, including: a dance workshop with seniors, a dinner/dance party with local residents at Red Hook Initiative, and a DJ dance party at the Miccio Community Center, featuring a preview of performances from the festival. Check out some photos below!

Spark Prize

We’re a Spark Prize Finalist!

We’re so pleased to announce that Dance Theatre Etcetera is among 20 nonprofit organizations selected as finalists for Brooklyn Community Foundation’s inaugural Spark Prize, the first and only honor of its kind celebrating changemakers in the borough’s thriving nonprofit sector.
Five organizations will be awarded grants of $100,000 each in general operating support, to be announced in January 2017.
As a finalist, we were eligible for $5000 in matching funds on #Giving Tuesday, November 29th, and with your help we reached our goal! Donate to DTE today to help us raise an additional $5000 to support our arts education programs.

“Brooklyn is home to nearly 3,000 nonprofits, yet they collectively receive less than 5% of funds distributed by New York City foundations,” said Brooklyn Community Foundation President and CEO Cecilia Clarke. “We created the Spark Prize to drive support to the borough’s vibrant nonprofit sector and showcase outstanding community-led solutions addressing Brooklyn’s most critical challenges. Congratulations to the 20 finalists—we are so proud to have you represent the excellence, breadth, and diversity of Brooklyn’s unique nonprofit sector.”

The Spark Prize will award up to $600,000 to outstanding Brooklyn-serving nonprofits. A diverse committee of distinguished civic, business, and neighborhood leaders all hailing from Brooklyn chose the 20 finalists from a highly competitive pool of 150 applicants. We couldn’t be more excited!

Red Hook Fest 2016

The 23rd Annual Red Hook Fest: Going Global, our FREE live music and dance festival on the Brooklyn waterfront, was a success! We enjoyed performances by reggae band Meta and The Cornerstones, Afro-Cuban jazz/tap master Max Pollak/RumbaTap, Afro-modern dance choreographer Francine E. Ott/The Walk, Japanese women’s drum ensemble COBU, and flex dance pioneer Reggie “Regg Roc” Gray and The D.R.E.A.M. Ring, plus 100+ youth performers. And there was also face painting, yoga, kayaking, a scavenger hunt, games, and prizes for all ages. Stay tuned for next year’s festival!

THURS JUNE 9, 2016 Happy Hour Kick-Off (6pm-8pm)

FRI JUNE 10, 2016 Community Cookout & DJ Dance Party (6pm-8pm)

SAT JUNE 11, 2016 Mainstage Performances (12pm-7pm)

Live music & dance on the Brooklyn waterfront with performances by:

META AND THE CORNERSTONES

FRANCINE E. OTT/THE WALK

REGGIE “REGG ROC” AND D.R.E.A.M. RING DANCERS

MAX POLLAK/RUMBATAP

COBU


Thursday, June 9th (6pm-8pm)

Happy Hour Kickoff @ Hometown Bar-B-Que (454 Van Brunt Street)

DTE hosted a happy hour to kick off the festival, where guests enjoyed free food and drinks while learning about Dance Theatre Etcetera’s 20+ years of work in the Red Hook community and where we stand today. The event featured a sneak peek of Red Hook Fest main stage artists The D.R.E.A.M. Ring and young artists Lorenzo “Lyrical L” Cooper and Mat King Cole from DTE’s Arts Education programs.


Friday, June 10th (6pm-8pm)

Community Cookout and DJ Dance Party @ PS 15 Playground (71 Sullivan St, Brooklyn) 

We rocked the neighborhood with FREE food, music, fun, games, and activities for kids, presented in conjunction with Good Shepherd Service’s Red Hook Community Center Beacon at PS 15. Thanks to DJ Mikey Palms and MC Tah Phrum Duh Bush for keeping the crowd moving!


Saturday, June 11th (12pm-7pm)

Mainstage Performances @ Louis J. Valentino, Jr. Park & Pier (Coffey & Ferris Streets, Brooklyn)

We showcased a world-class lineup of bands and dance companies (click “Featured Performers” on right), plus fun activities for all ages like kayak rides in New York Harbor (c/o the Red Hook Boaters), hands-on drawing activities, and a Red Hook trivia contest (with prizes!). Additionally, more than 50 youth performed for the crowd, representing the next generation of artists in Brooklyn. Emceed by Kymbali Craig.


The Red Hook Fest is supported, in part, by public funds from the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, former Council Member Carlos Menchaca, the New York State Council on the Arts, the Mertz Gilmore Foundation, and Con Edison. Additional support provided by Estate Four, the NY Water Taxi, Fairway, The Realty Collective, The O’Connell Organization, Movers Not Shakers, Cornell Paper and Box Company, Jofaz Transportation, Apple Bank, and Ridgewood Savings Bank.

Thursday night event photos by Amelia Beamish.


Angels and Accordions (2003-2010)

Angels and Accordions
Conceived and choreographed by Martha Bowers
Music: Guy Klucevsek and Bob Goldberg
Visual Installation: Alexander Heilner

Part walking tour, part performance, part guided meditation through the beautiful and richly historical Green-Wood Cemetery, Angels and Accordions was produced by Dance Theatre Etcetera and The Green-Wood Historic Fund, and presented as part of openhousenewyork’s annual celebration of New York City architecture and design.

Angels and Accordions took thousands of visitors through Green-Wood’s beautiful rolling hills and inside its otherwise-closed-and-locked mausoleums. Along the way, images of “Angels” in stirring tableaux vivant merged with the natural landscape and statuary of the cemetery. A number of large scale choregraphed movement pieces punctuated the performance, accompanied throughout by a chorus of accordions, as visitors explored the permanent resting ground of notables from Leonard Bernstein to Jean-Michel Basquiat to Boss Tweed.

The Dream Life of Bricks (2002)

Conceived, written and directed by Martha Bowers
Music: Philip Hamilton
Set Design: Ed King
Lighting Design: Larry Smallwood
Production Manager: Larry Smallwood
Commissioned by MASS MoCA with support from the Rockefeller M.A.P Fund and the Mary Flagler Cary Live Music for Dance Program.
Produced by Dance/Theatre/Etcetera in collaboration with MASS MoCA.

In 2001, Martha Bowers received Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (MASS MoCA)’s first performing arts commission to create THE DREAM LIFE OF BRICKS. The work was performed at MASS MoCA in June 2002. If a building could dream, what would those dreams look like? Martha Bowers’ visionary choreographic historyscape of the MASS MoCA mill-turned-museum posed this question, and explored the site as the repository of 200 years of the community’s collective aspirations and imaginings. This project was a collaboration with lauded musician Philip Hamilton and the members of the North Adams community.

Home Wisdom (2000)

Conceived and Directed by Martha Bowers
Sound Design and Musical Direction: Mark McCoin
Produced in collaboration with Deborah Reshotko and SPEAKING OF DANCE.
Funded by Artists and Communities:America Creates for the Milennium, a program of the National Endowment for the Arts and the Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation.

Denver history fused with the city’s present-day scene through the unlikely bedfellows of local architecture and contemporary dance. Choreographer Martha Bowers explored the changing values of the West by interviewing local residents about their dreams and fears of change, and translated these vignettes into a site-specific performance under the common theme of HOME WISDOM. Looking for a metaphor for transmitting values, knowledge, and experiences across generations, Bowers and Speaking of Dance Artistic Director, Deborah Reshotko, decided to base the HOME WISDOM performance in a house with a colorful history.

HOME WISDOM combined a conventional tour of a turn-of-the-century mansion, the Grant-Humphreys Mansion, with performances in various rooms of the house. Victorian Grande Dames led tours of the Mansion. As the tours went from room to room, the audience experienced site-specific scenes, popping up like dreams among the formal surroundings. The main floor reception room was devoted to “Brides Descending a Staircase,” in which brides paraded up, and sometimes fell down, the house’s main staircase. A local livestock auctioneer called out bids for wedding values such as loyalty and trust. In the dining room, a grizzly bear shared a meal with a Victorian woman. Upstairs in the nursery, with pillows strewn on the floor for the audience to relax on, a nanny read a bedtime story and offered a lullaby. Denver composer, Mark McCoin was the musical director and sound designer for the event. Two nights of sold-out performances took place in October 2000.

Safe Harbor II (1998-1999)

Conceived and Directed by Martha Bowers
Music by Tiye Giraud

SAFE HARBOR II was commissioned by the Taipei Theater and the Mulberry Street Theatre as an original site-specific work adapted for the stage. It was presented at the Taipei Theatre in the Spring of 1999 in Midtown Manhattan.

“A refreshingly unslick yet breathtaking production.” – THE BROOKLYN DAILY EAGLE

Co-produced by Dance/Theatre/Etcetera and Dancing in the Streets. A site-specific event created for the waterfront of Red Hook, Brooklyn. This evening length event explored the immigrant history of this waterfront community. Audience members were led along the waterfront and through the cobbled streets of Red Hook, as performers danced and sang from floating stages, on jetties and boats. SAFE HARBOR had a cast of over 40 people which included a community choir, professional dancers and musicians, local community members as well as the boats and crews of Floating the Apple- an organization that builds and rows replicas of the historic “whitehall gigs” (25 ft. row boats) with New York City youth.

Safe Harbor (1998-1999)

Conceived and Directed by Martha Bowers
Music by Tiye Giraud

SAFE HARBOR II was commissioned by the Taipei Theater and the Mulberry Street Theatre as an original site-specific work adapted for the stage. It was presented at the Taipei Theatre in the Spring of 1999 in Midtown Manhattan.

“A refreshingly unslick yet breathtaking production.” – THE BROOKLYN DAILY EAGLE

Co-produced by Dance/Theatre/Etcetera and Dancing in the Streets. A site-specific event created for the waterfront of Red Hook, Brooklyn. This evening length event explored the immigrant history of this waterfront community. Audience members were led along the waterfront and through the cobbled streets of Red Hook, as performers danced and sang from floating stages, on jetties and boats. SAFE HARBOR had a cast of over 40 people which included a community choir, professional dancers and musicians, local community members as well as the boats and crews of Floating the Apple- an organization that builds and rows replicas of the historic “whitehall gigs” (25 ft. row boats) with New York City youth.