Ballet Hispanico, Photo: Paula Lobo
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BAX | Brooklyn Arts Exchange is proud to announce YouthWorks Festival

BAX | Brooklyn Arts Exchange is proud to announce YouthWorks Festival


BAX | Brooklyn Arts Exchange




Saturday, February 3, 2018 - 7:00pm
Sunday, February 4, 2018 - 5:00pm


BAX | Brooklyn Arts Exchange

BAX/Brooklyn Arts Exchange is excited to announce the 2018 YouthWorks Festival. Established in 1991 (formerly Kids Outback) and directed by BAX Faculty Donna Costello, YouthWorks is an annual opportunity for young people (ages 8 - 18) to imagine, create, and perform their own original performance work at BAX. A personal and artistic journey happens for each young artist in the program that begins at the orientation meeting and continues through to the performance. Participants come in from all over the city, most with nothing more than the desire to create "something," and set themselves to work.

YouthWorks brings together young and adult artists in an artistic exchange to enrich one another. This is an integral part of BAX's efforts to bridge professional and youth arts services. Professional artists work as coaches to guide these aspiring young artists through a 6-week rehearsal process.

The production will take place in the BAX Theater space to packed audiences on Saturday, February 3rd at 7:00pm and Sunday, February 4th at 5:00pm. Participation in this program is free for any young artist, living in the greater New York City area, who is interested in making performance work.

Each work that is created has a technical rehearsal for spacing and lighting decisions and then a dress rehearsal with all of the performers in the show. There is always a vast array of pieces: dramatic, comedic, theatrical, movement based, solos, group work and duets. YouthWorks meets young artists as they are, acknowledging the greater world and experiences they are representing upon entering the BAX Building and, likewise, hoping that their experiences at BAX will be brought back out to empower them in the world. The one thing that comes through in every piece is the unique voice of the young artists. It is an incredible sight to witness the idea of a young person fully developed in a staged work. The experience of an audience member at one of these shows is rarely forgotten. It reminds all of us that for every performance there is a lot of commitment, decision-making, imagination and most of all hard work that happens before that final show. YouthWorks celebrates the entire process! 

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