LeeSaar Company w/ dancers from Batsheva at BRIC's Celebrate Brooklyn festival
LeeSaar The Company, Ohad Naharin & Guest Dancers from Batsheva Dance Company
LEESAAR THE COMPANY, OHAD NAHARIN & GUEST DANCERS FROM BATSHEVA DANCE COMPANY AT BRIC’S CELEBRATE BROOKLYN! PERFORMING ARTS FESTIVAL, PRESENTED BY SQUARESPACE, AUGUST 6
Who: LeeSaar The Company, Ohad Naharin & Guest Dancers from Batsheva Dance Company
Where: Celebrate Brooklyn! at the Prospect Park Bandshell (Prospect Park West & 9th St., Brooklyn)
When: Thursday August 6 at 8 P.M. (Gates open at 7 P.M.)
Admission: Free ($3 suggested donation)
More information: www.BRICartsmedia.org/cbor 718.683.5600
BRIC’s Celebrate Brooklyn! Performing Arts Festival is pleased to present a dance performance by LeeSaar The Company on Thursday, August 6. The program will feature the company performing a new piece, titled Grass and Jackals, as well as members of the Batsheva Dance Company performing Bolero, by visionary Israeli choreographer Ohad Naharin. Performances will begin at 8:00 P.M. and are free to the public (with a suggested $3 contribution at the gate). The Celebrate Brooklyn! Performing Arts Festival is presented by Squarespace and located at the Prospect Park Bandshell (9th St. & Prospect Park West).
Founded in Tel Aviv by Lee Sher and Saar Harari in 2000 and now based in NYC, LeeSaar is “a gutsy, brainy modern-dance troupe” (The New York Times) with a highly theatrical approach. Props, costumes, and pantomime punctuate their Gaga-inspired movement to form a delightful brand of avant-garde. In recent program notes, Sher and Hariri wrote, “by seeking the extreme within ourselves we hope to expand our limits for a fresh experience.” In their new piece Grass and Jackals, they find these extremes in an imagined state of nature. Set against a kaleidoscopic moiré backdrop, the work “transforms the dancers—seven women, clad in gleaming black bodysuits—into exotic, fluidly moving creatures, sexual and fierce” (New Yorker).
The program includes a duet by their greatest influence and one of the most brilliant living choreographers, Israeli visionary Ohad Naharin, performed by guest dancers from his Batsheva Dance Company. Naharin developed the Gaga technique with Batsheva in the 90s and has continued to build and refine its vocabulary over three decades.
About BRIC’s Celebrate Brooklyn! Performing Arts Festival
Since its founding as a not-for-profit organization in 1979, BRIC has been the driving force behind a number of Brooklyn’s most widely renowned and beloved arts and media programs. In the borough that is now this country’s foremost creative hotbed, BRIC is unparalleled in its combination of artistic excellence, programmatic breadth and genuine accessibility.
BRIC presents performing arts (live music, dance and theater), contemporary art exhibitions and programs, and community media programs (Brooklyn Free Speech Television and Brooklyn Independent Media) that reflect Brooklyn’s creativity and diversity. In 2013, BRIC inaugurated a new era of service to the borough when it opened BRIC House, a 40,000 square-foot arts and media facility located in the cultural hub of Downtown Brooklyn, featuring a flexible state-of-the-art performance space, a major contemporary art gallery, artist workspace, and multiple television and media production studios.
Emphasizing creative expression as varied and groundbreaking as the borough it serves, BRIC provides opportunities and platforms for Brooklyn artists and media makers to create and present new works. The organization champions the creativity of Brooklyn and work that expands the boundaries of artistic disciplines. BRIC’s highly accessible exhibitions, performances, television programs and educational programs serve more than one million Brooklyn residents each year.
The Celebrate Brooklyn! Performing Arts Festival is BRIC’s flagship performing arts program. Launched by BRIC in 1979 as a catalyst for a burgeoning Brooklyn performing arts scene, and to bring people back into Prospect Park after years of neglect, Celebrate Brooklyn! was an early anchor in the park’s revitalization and has become Brooklyn’s foremost summer cultural attraction. Over its history, the festival has presented over 2,000 artists, from emerging innovators to internationally established performers. Since 2011, BRIC has also produced a lively series of Celebrate Brooklyn! dance parties in Brooklyn Bridge Park.
Celebrate Brooklyn’s Executive Producer is Jack Walsh. The Festival’s Artistic Director is Rachel Chanoff. Leslie Schultz is the President of BRIC.
For more information, please visit www.BRICartsmedia.org.
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