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Brooklyn Ballet is launching our biggest production yet, the premiere of The Brooklyn Nutcracker at the world-renowned Brooklyn Museum. The Brooklyn Nutcracker is a updated take on a holiday classic, with multicultural dance forms, motion-sensor costuming, a digital set-design, and over 50 children performing from Brooklyn Ballet Youth Ensemble. Your support helps us provide choreographer and dancer fees, costume, lighting and set design, as well as rehearsal directors, coaches, and Company faculty.
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We're so grateful to all of our backers so far, and hope you will join us in making this magical production come to life!
The Brooklyn Nutcracker School Matinee
Thursday, December 8
The Brooklyn Museum
200 Eastern Parkway, Brooklyn, NY
Tickets are only $10 per seat!
The Brooklyn Nutcracker transforms familiar Nutcracker characters and scenes to represent the diverse traditions and vibrant culture of melting pot Brooklyn. Starting from the point of view of old Dutch Brooklyn and leading to our iconic Flatbush Avenue, the production is fresh and full of virtuosity— in essence, a love letter to the borough we call home.
The Brooklyn Nutcracker works together with Brooklyn’s diverse communities on a Nutcracker we can call our own. It will be exciting for your students to see Brooklyn Ballet’s professional dancers joined by child performers, many of whom also attend the Brooklyn schools.
The performance is appropriate for all ages.
If you are a school teacher, principal or parent who is interested in more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you to Con Edison for sponsoring our school matinee.
Join us Opening Night!
December 7 at 6:00pm
Celebrate with us! The delicious seasonal menu includes:
- WINE AND BEER
- HORS D' OEUVRES
Bombay Snack Mix
Crispy Legumes, Coconut, Cilantro, Red Onion & Lime
Not The Norm Caesar
Gem Lettuce, Hand-torn Croutons, Anchovy & Parmesan
Smoked Japanese Turnip, Sweet Peas & Braised Short Rib Cannelloni
Rainbow Swiss Chard, Chickpeas, Harissa
Chef's Selection of Petits Fours
- COFFEE AND TEA
The meal is followed by the performance of The Brooklyn Nutcracker, an innovative and uplifting production embracing multi-cultural dance forms and styles.
Tickets include seated dinner, 1st tier performance seats, and a champagne toast at intermission.
To purchase tickets, click here and select Dinner + Performance seats.
Or call 718-246-0146.
More about The Norm at Brooklyn Museum:
The Norm at Brooklyn Museum is a restaurant concept inspired by the cultural diversity of Brooklyn. Led by Michelin-starred Chef Saul Bolton, the menu encourages a gastronomic exploration of the borough’s multi-cultural heritage, incorporating Indian, Mexican, Japanese, Middle Eastern, Caribbean, Indo-Chinese and all-American elements.
Designed by Anda Andrei, Bonetti/Kozerski Architecture and Design DPC, the space is inspired by the museum's maze of secret and mysterious storage spaces. The restaurant affords guests the opportunity to experience the institution in a completely new way, with a sense of being admitted into the museum's inner sanctum. Patrons are surrounded by priceless paintings from the museum's collections and the crates that store them. The artworks reference different eras and cultures, and are hung in no particular order, as though awaiting their turn to be showcased in an exhibition.
More about The Brooklyn Nutcracker:
A re-imagined holiday classic, The Brooklyn Nutcracker fuses ballet, hip-hop and a myriad of world dance genres to create a new tradition for today’s audience. The Brooklyn Nutcracker transforms familiar Nutcracker characters and scenes to represent the diverse traditions and vibrant culture of melting pot Brooklyn. Starting from the point of view of old Dutch Brooklyn and leading to the iconic Flatbush Avenue, the production is fresh and full of virtuosity—in essence, a moving Christmas card to the borough Brooklyn Ballet calls home.
All Opening Night tickets include champagne toast at intermission. Dinner + Performance tickets include pre-performance dinner at The Norm, beginning at 6:00pm.
Brooklyn Ballet in Association with the Brooklyn Museum Presents The Brooklyn Nutcracker
NEW YORK, October 18, 2016 — Brooklyn Ballet, a unique and interdisciplinary dance company rooted in the classical idiom, presents the premiere of The Brooklyn Nutcracker, December 7-9 and 11 at the Brooklyn Museum. A re-imagined holiday classic, The Brooklyn Nutcracker fuses ballet, hip-hop and a myriad of world dance genres to create a new tradition for today’s audience. The Brooklyn Nutcracker transforms familiar Nutcracker characters and scenes to represent the diverse traditions and vibrant culture of melting pot Brooklyn.
The Brooklyn Nutcracker @ Brooklyn Museum
Brooklyn Ballet Open House!
Brooklyn Ballet Open House
Saturday, September 10
All Classes Free!
Pre-Ballet I/II (ages 3 and 4 by September)
with Wendy Clark
Pre-Ballet I/II (ages 3 and 4 by September)
with Christine Scheibl
Elementary Ballet I/II (ages 5/6 by September)
with Elisabet Rubio
Boys Ballet (ages 8+ by September)
with David Fernandez
Broadway Jazz (ages 8+ by September)
with Nia Lancelin
*Ballet I/II (ages 8+ by September)
with Maria Piedad
*Ballet III/IV with Jillian Greis
*Modern (ages 10+)
with Brittany Engel-Adams
Adult Ballet Fundamentals
with Yana Volkova
*Denotes placement class
Schedule subject to change
Thank you to Capezio for giving a 15% discount to Brooklyn Ballet students!
Visit the Capezio pop-up shop on Sat, Sept 10 from 9am-3pm.
First Look 2016
This year's First Look is curated by our very own Richard Glover and Remi Harris. Performances will take place June 24-25, 8pm at The Actors Fund Arts Center (160 Schermerhorn Street).
We are excited to announce two unique programs. Friday night's performance will feature work by Vanessa Long, Ezra Goh, Aaron Atkins, Caroline Brethenoux, Andrea Gise, Jillian Greis, Giorgia Bovo, Jenny Boissiere, Mari Meade Montoya, Gentry Isaiah George, Margarent Yuen, and Nikki Theroux. Saturday night's performance will include work by Eryn Renee Young, Ariel Grossman, Luisa Martinez, William Isaac, Andrea Gise, Bryanna Brock, Sarah Chien, Whitney Jacobs, Lynn Parkerson, Nellie Rainwater, and Marilyn Klaus. Check out the images below for a sneak peak at what these talented choreographers have to offer!
Both performances offer exciting new and in process works by a diverse array of choreographers. And if that's not enough to convince you, each ticket sold for Friday's show comes with a complimentary beer as part of our Free Beer Fridays.
General admission tickets are available for purchase online and will also be available at the door. We can't wait to see you there!
Photos © Mickey Hoelscher, David Gonsier, Richard Ong, Whitney Jacobs, Ezra Goh, & Samantha Siegal
Next Step Summer Intensive & Children's Ballet Camps
Next Step Summer Intensive (August 8-September 2, 2016)
August 8–August 19
Levels I, II, & III
August 22–September 2
Levels II, III, & IV
Next Step prepares dancers for professional and high school performing arts auditions and cultivates strong, well-trained, educated and independent dancers. The daily schedule includes:
- Ballet Technique
1 week: $500
2 weeks: $950
3 weeks: $1,100
4 weeks: $1,250
About The Next Step Program:
Brooklyn Ballet’s Next Step program (Ages 8–18) is designed to give each participant a solid technical foundation, based in classical training, upon which to build his or her own creative power. We aim to prepare dancers for professional and high school performing arts auditions while cultivating increased technical ability. Students are also offered a performance opportunity where they will collaborate with Brooklyn Ballet’s Artistic Director Lynn Parkerson and Next Step Director, Richard Glover. A culminating performance will be held at The Actors Fund Arts Center, in the heart of downtown Brooklyn.
In addition to training for greater technical ability, students of Next Step summer dance intensive train for performance. On the Friday of each week, students will perform in a showing for friends and parents to demonstrate the choreography and class exercises they have worked on throughout the intensive.
Children Summer Camps
Pre-Ballet Camp 2016 (Ages 3-4)* | Monday–Thursday • June 27-30
11:00-11:30: Dance Education or Arts & Crafts and Snack*
1:30-2:00: Dance Education or Arts & Crafts and Snack*
Pre-Ballet camps will include an in-studio showing during the last half hour on Thursday.
Elementary Day Camp 2016 (Ages 5-7)* Monday–Friday • July 11-July 15 | July 18-July 22 | July 25-July 29
8:30: Early Drop Off (Additional $20 fee/week)
9:00-10:00: Dance Education and morning snack
10:00-10:45: Elementary Ballet
10:45-11:30: Broadway Jazz
11:30-12:15: Lunch* and Dance Video>
12:15-1:00: Choreography Workshop
1:00-2:00: Arts & Crafts and Snack*
3:00-6:00: After Camp Daycare (Additional $80 fee/week)
Elementary camps will include an in-studio showing at 2:30 on the last Friday.
*Each Child must provide his/her own snack and lunch and must be indicated age by September of the current school year (2015-2016).
For more information about auditioning for the Next Step Summer Intensive or the Children's Summer Camps call us at 718-246-0146 or email us at email@example.com.
Free Performance at St. Francis College!
Call For Choreographers!
First Look is an annual curated program of work by emerging and established dance artists presented by Brooklyn Ballet. Selected artists present a work up to 10 minutes-long with full stage lighting, a technical rehearsal, technical staff and marketing support, all free of charge.
We welcome applications from emerging and established choreographers exploring new work. Works of any genre will be considered, and works in progress are welcome. Performances will take place at The Actors Fund Arts Center in Downtown Brooklyn.
Previous First Look performances have included work by Amanda Hinchey, Boink! Dance, Caitlin Dutton, Crystal Bella, Kristin Draucker, Laura Hydak, Marika Brussel, Remi Harris, Shawn T. Bible, Shot of Scotch, Suzan Polat, The Lovelies, William Ervin, Gierre Godley, Nikki Hefko, Sarah Holmes, Kate Ladenheim, Mari Meade Montoya, Nellie Rainwater, Randy Burd, and Amy Miller.
Application deadline is April 1, 2016.
Limón Workshop with Belinda McGuire
The Actor’s Fund Theater
Saturdays 1:30-3:30pm | January 30, February 13, February 27, and March 5
$25 for a single class | $85 for all 4 sessions
Free for Brooklyn Ballet Students at the Ballet II level and higher!
BELINDA MCGUIRE (Dancer, Director, Choreographer), originally from Toronto, graduated from The Juilliard School (BFA 2006). Through Belinda McGuire Dance Projects, she performs primarily solo work, choreographs and engages in collaboration and production. McGuire was nominated for the 2013 Dora Award for Outstanding Performance (The Heist Project), was an Artiste en Passant at The International Choreographic Arts Centre Amsterdam in 2010, a recipient of the 2008 Bessie Schonberg Residency at the Yard, and was recognized by the 2007 Susan Braun Award of The Dance Films Association. Her choreography has been presented at the Festival de la Ciudad 2009 (Merida, Yucatan Mexico), the Canada Dance Festival (Ottawa), in Toronto and in New York City on the stages of the Peter Jay Sharp Theater and Alice Tully Hall, Joyce Soho as well as in DUMBO, Brooklyn. She has danced with The Jose Limon Dance Company, Gallim Dance, Doug Varone and Dancers, Ofelia Lorette de Mola's DANSCORES, the DOORKNOB Company and The Canadian Contemporary Dance Theatre. She teaches and choreographs as a guest artist in New York City for The Limon Institute, The Juilliard School, and Dance New Amsterdam, for the New Jersey Dance Theater Ensemble, CCDT in Toronto and for various other schools and universities across North America.
Limon Technique: During the course of his career, Jose Limon created what is now known as the “Limon technique”. According to the Limon Institute, the technique “emphasizes the natural rhythms of fall and recovery and the interplay between weight and weightlessness to provide dancers with an organic approach to movement that easily adapts to a range of choreographic styles.”
Discounted Rehearsal Space – Book Today!
Master Class with Ruby Aver: Thursday, January 28, 4:30-7:00 PM
$30 Master Class Rate
$20 Brooklyn Ballet Family Rate
To register click here!
Ruby Aver performed extensively since 1973 in North America, South America and Europe. Ruby’s first ballet instructor, Ed Parish was Bronislava Nijinkska trained. At the age of 14, Ruby was the youngest dancer ever to place in the Chicago Dance Competition, judged by renowned dance historian Ann Barzel. In 1971 Ruby was awarded a full talent scholarship to the Harkness School of Ballet in Manhattan by Master Teacher David Howard, where she went on to become an apprentice with the Harkness Ballet Company. She performed as a soloist with the Chicago Ballet Company and Ballet DeCaracas of Venezuela. She was principal dancer for Het Scapino Ballet of the Netherlands, where “Firebird” was set on her by choreographer Job Sanders, and where she performed annually for the Queen of Holland. During these years she taught and coached dancers in the above companies and school, as well as for the Hubbard Street Dance Company of Chicago. In addition to classical ballet, Ruby has performed contemporary ballet by Hans VanMannen and Nils Christie, Jazz choreography by Matt Mattox, and dance theater pieces by company members from Pina Bausch and Wuppertaal Tanzteatre. Other highlights of her performing career were working with the National Ballet of Canada for Rudolf Nureyev in his production of “Don Quixote. Ruby has been the Ballet Professor at Simon’s Rock College of Bard since 2004 and the Ballet Director and instructor for Berkshire Pulse, in Western Mass since 2005.
“Today, Ruby passes on the high standards she gained as a performer and teacher enabling her students to be accepted into some of the best ballet schools for further study. I applaud her for her commitment to the art of ballet, giving young dancers a solid foundation for them to succeed.” -David Howard, Master Teacher
We Did It!
We are thrilled to announce that The Brooklyn Nutcracker Sweet! project on Kickstarter was 103% funded by 101 generous donors! We are over the moon excited by this milestone and we have YOU to thank. We are 110% grateful.
Spotlight on The Brooklyn Nutcracker Sweet Collaborators
With just 10 days left in our campaign, we can’t stop now. Keep the support for The Brooklyn Nutcracker Sweet coming! Share this one-of-a-kind production with your friends and family and encourage them to donate. Every dollar counts towards Brooklyn-nizing everyone’s favorite holiday classic! Donate today!
This week we wanted to introduce you to a few of our amazing collaborators that have been working on The Brooklyn Nutcracker Sweet! production with us:
Meet Avram Finklestein, our incredible Art Director. Avram is an artist and writer living in Brooklyn. He is a founding member of the collective responsible for Silence=Death and AIDSGATE, which was recently included in Regarding Warhol: Sixty Artists, Fifty Years at The Metropolitan Museum in New York. He is also a founding member of the art collective, Gran Fury, with whom he collaborated on public art projects for international institutions including The Whitney Museum of American Art, The Venice Biennale, ArtForum, MOCA LA, The New Museum of Contemporary Art, Creative Time, and The Public Art Fund. The collective had its first retrospective at 80 WSE in 2012, and has work in the permanent collections of The Whitney, MoMA, The New Museum and The New York Public Library. www. avramfinkelstein.com
Meet Leila Ligougne, our amazing LED Tutu Designer. Leila is a New Yorker by adoption. She has lived in Quebec, Paris, London and New York getting inspired from the youngest of age. After studying in Paris, and having her clothing line in Canada, Leila spent most of her career getting a rich experience from collaborating with renowned architect Gaetano Pesce and working the two opposite ends of the fashion design and business spectrum alongside Catherine Malandrino and later as a Design Director at Victoria’s Secret. Most, recently, she started “Ligougne Studio” consulting in the fashion industry and started an eponymous collection of summer dresses and cover-ups. Ligougne is always dabbling with art and she is now also pursuing her interest in forward computational fashion. www. leilaligougne.com
Last but certainly not least, meet Sylvia Nolan, our wonderful costume designer. Sylvia is Resident Costume Designer at the Metropolitan Opera in New York, where she has been working for over 14 years. She is at the head of the main costume shop: here, the staff makes or modifies costumes and accessories for 28 productions, put on during the 33 weeks of a theater season. She also has a passion for ballet: she permanently works for the New York Theatre Ballet and has been collaborating with internationally renowned choreographers, such as Martha Connerton, Matthew Neenan and Benoit-Swan Pouffer. Learn more about Sylvia via her feature in Vogue Italia.
What We're Thankful For...
For starters, we’re thankful for YOU! Without your support for the past 10 + years we wouldn’t be where we are today and for that we say THANK YOU! With your support Brooklyn Ballet can continue to create amazing dance productions for all ages, including our upcoming remake of a holiday classic, “The Brooklyn Nutcracker Sweet!”
If you haven’t already, make a donation today! Plus, you could double or triple your donation by sharing our Kickstarter with friends, family, co-workers, and neighbors!
An enormous thank you goes out to our incredible backers thus far:
Mary Ellen Kramer
Bay Pointe Ballet
Sean and Kevin
Deborah Borstein Gichan
Vera Titunik and Ken Birnbaum
Finally, we invite you take a peek at two behind-the-scenes interviews with our very own Brooklyn Ballet Youth Ensemble dancers. Meet Josh Fletcher, Sacha Moskovic, Allison Goldblum, and Chloe Lizama. Catch Josh & Sacha in the March dance, and Allison & Chloe in the Angels dance December 9-13th in The Brooklyn Nutcracker Sweet!
Spotlight on Our Sugar Plum Fairy: Ingrid Silva
The Brooklyn Nutcracker Sweet! will feature the incredibly talented Ingrid Silva from Dance Theatre of Harlem as our Sugar Plum Fairy! We are so thrilled to have her in the production this year, so we wanted to take a moment to officially introduce her on the blog.
Ingrid Silva is from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and began her formal ballet training at the age of 8 at Dancando Para Nao Dancar, the Deborah Colker school and Escola de Danca Maria Olenewa. She has also apprenticed with Company Grupo Corpo in Brazil. After entering the Univercidade da Cidade College, she decided to follow her passion and traveled to New York in 2007. That summer, she attended the Dance Theatre of Harlem Summer Intensive Program, and afterwards joined the school’s Professional Training Program. She became a member of the Dance Theatre of Harlem Ensemble in 2008. Ms. Silva has also performed with Armitage Gone! Dance performing GAGA-Gaku at the Joyce Theater in 2011 – Biography from The Dance Theatre of Harlem website
You can learn even more about Ingrid here!
As of this Monday, The Brooklyn Nutcracker Sweet! Kickstarter is officially LIVE! This production has been a long time in the making, and we are thrilled to finally give it the time, money, and creativity it deserves. But we can’t do it alone! As many of you know, putting any high caliber production on stage is an expensive endeavor, and this performance is no exception. Please take a look at our promo video and Kickstarter profile to see the magic of The Brooklyn Nutcracker Sweet! for yourself.
The Brooklyn Nutcracker Sweet! will provide the boroughs’ youth with opportunities to perform, expand our annual performance season with superb talent, fuse contemporary dance forms with classical ballet, and bring a one-of-a-kind “Brooklyn-ized” Nutcracker to the place we call home. This production is truly the embodiment of what Brooklyn Ballet stands for: artistic excellence, collaboration, and diversity.
So far we have raised $3,329 and we have 13 amazing backers we’d like to take a moment to thank:
Thank you for your continued support and generous pledges!
Visit Kickstarter if you'd like to help keep the momentum going!
Announcing The Brooklyn Nutcracker Sweet!
Artistic Director Lynn Parkerson saw a unique opportunity to fuse a contemporary perspective with ballet technique by combining the magical Nutcracker tale with the celebrated diversity of Brooklyn. While her dream has been a long time in the making–Brooklyn Ballet has been showing Nutcracker excerpts since 2005–we are staging the pieces together in a single event for the very first time. By incorporating street and modern dance, infusing African dance styles, and placing the dancers in a multicultural, intergenerational setting on Flatbush Avenue, the Brooklyn Nutcracker Sweet reflects the very heart and soul of Brooklyn.
Over thirty children from our school program will perform in the event, alongside our seasoned professional dancers and guest artists. The Brooklyn Nutcracker Sweet will also feature several incredible collaborations with local artists. In addition to the motion sensor tutus we created in 2014, we will showcase a brand new touch-sensor tutu designed by collaborator Leila Ligougne. The production will be further brought to life with the help of an updated set design created by acclaimed visual and conceptual artist Avram Finkelstein.
In our endeavor to produce this revitalized, one-of-a-kind production of the Nutcracker, we will be launching a Kickstarter campaign on November 9. Check back on the blog for updates on the Kickstarter, and please consider donating!
The Brooklyn Nutcracker Sweet will run from December 9-13 at The Actors Fund Arts Center at 160 Schermerhorn Street. You may purchase tickets here. Please keep in mind that space is limited and we are expecting tickets to sell out. We hope to see you there!