Foot Notes at Chez Bushwick Tonight!!

This looks really cool:

Chez Bushwick  in collaboration with Brooklyn Arts Council: Folk Arts Program presents

Foot Notes: Folk Feet Meet Modern Feet

A Traditional & Modern Dance Mash-Up


Ballet Folklorico Quetzacoatl, Folk Feet on 5th, 2008. Photo: Amanda Barett

Saturday, April 18th, 2009

7:00pm – 9:00pm


This traditional and modern dance performance “mash-up” features Brooklyn-based dancers of culturally-specific traditions alongside contemporary dancers.


Benito Bravo, Balet Folkrorico Quetzalcoalt

Baraka de Soleil

Ralph “King Uprock” Casanova, with Richie “Break Easy” Santiago

Rebecca Marzalek-Kelly

Sherley St. Fort, La Troupe Zetwal

Thania Acaron and Jessie Flores, Vestiges Dance Collective


 @ Chez Bushwick

304 Boerum St. #23, Buzzer #11

Brooklyn, NY 11206

Reservations & Information:

718.418.4405 or 718.625.0800

This second annual event, presented as part of the city-wide Immigrant Heritage Week, features Brooklyn-based traditional dancers from culturally-specific immigrant groups alongside contemporary dancers. “Foot Notes” juxtaposes traditional and contemporary dance forms from a variety of genres and communities that make their home in Brooklyn, creating opportunity for dialogue and collaboration at Chez Bushwick, a hub for new dance creation and performance.

Brooklyn Arts Council’s Folk Feet program includes traditional dance forms that have marked Brooklyn’s dance scene from the mid-1960s onwards, featuring dancers representing relatively recent immigrant waves, such as Mexican and Haitian, as well as Puerto Rican-influenced dance forms historic to Bushwick. The dancers featured in “Foot Notes” are Benito Bravo, born in Pueba, Mexico and Director of Sunset Park-based dance company, Balet Folklorico Quetzalcoalt; Sherley St. Fort, Director of the Haitian dance group Les Zetwals, known for their repertoire of Folkloric and social Haitian dance; Ralph “King Uprock” Casanova, Bushwick-bred, advocate and “King” of Brooklyn’s historic street dance, the Rock Dance aka Uprock, and president of The Dynasty Rockers. These performances will be joined by contributions from contemporary choreographers Rebecca Marzalek-Kelly, Baraka de Soleil, and Vestiges Dance Collective/Thania Acaron & Jessie Flores. Folk Feet is made possible, in part, by Mertz Gilmore Foundation, The Rockefeller Brothers Fund, and The New York Community Trust.

BAC programs are made possible, in part, with public funds from New York State Council on the Arts, the Brooklyn Delegations of the New York State Senate and New York State Assembly, New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, and New York City Council and its Brooklyn Delegation.


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