Sep
24
Fri
Take Root Presents: Bassam Abou Diab and Valerie Green/Dance Entropy @ Green Space
Sep 24 @ 8:00 pm – Sep 25 @ 10:00 pm
Take Root Presents: Bassam Abou Diab and Valerie Green/Dance Entropy @ Green Space | New York | United States

LIVE performances return to Green Space, kicking off the Take Root series with an excerpt from Valerie Green/Dance Entropy’s “HOME” project, culminating a residency with visiting choreographer Bassam Abou Diab from Lebanon. The evening will also feature Diab’s solo work “Eternal,” and a post performance Q/A. In addition to the performance, the evening will include live Lebanese Music with Richard Khuzami on Percussion and Maurice Chedid on Oud, Pre & Post Show.

September 24 & 25, at 8pm.
Tickets at the Door $20, Advance Pre Sale $17
Location: Green Space: 37-24 24th St. #211 Long Island City, NY 11101

For more information and to purchase tickets, please click HERE.

Please Note: Mayor Bill De Blasio’s Executive Order requires masks indoors and proof of at least one dose of a coronavirus vaccine for entry to any Green Space event.

“HOME” is an international collaboration with choreographers from Sweden, India, Burkina Faso, Colombia and Lebanon. Each artist examines the concept of home from their own unique perspective, drawing upon the significance of this idea from their home country, as well as factors including culture, upbringing, economics, politics, and personal identity. Five Choreographers are invited to NYC in 5 phases to work with the dancers in 10-day intensives at Green Space.

Currently in Phase 5, Dance Entropy is working with Bassam Abou Diab on this idea of Home. “My view of ‘home’ as an artist coming to the United States is linked to accepting religious, ethnic and cultural differences to generate a feeling of safety and belonging. Home is acceptance, safety, security, and privacy. It is the space in which I feel I can be free, natural and present; the place in which I entrust my secrets and my details. It is the place that gives me the feeling of being an integral part of, the place that I feel comfortable in despite my racial, gender and social differences.” During the performance, Bassam Abou Diab will perform the solo Eternal, a dance show that raises questions about the role of the dancing body in facing the despotic political regimes in the Arab countries and the transformations it went through in order to become a rebellious political movement that can face oppression and torture using music and dance.
Bassam Abou Diab is a theater graduate from the Lebanese University and a folklore and contemporary dance artist. He has been dancing with Omar Rajeh (Maqamat) for several years. He performed in Mushrooms and Fig Leaves, Hibr, That Part Of Heaven and Watadour. He was also part of the intensive dance training program Takween in 2010, 2011, and 2017 where he worked with choreographers such as Marcel Leemann, Emilyn Claid, Thierry Smith, Hooman Sharifi, Benoit Lachamre, Marco Cantalupo, Gilles Jobin, Kristina De Chatelle, and Damien Jalet to name a few. He has choreographed and performed the “Not Connected”, “Under the Flesh”, “Of What I Remember”, and “Incontro”. He directed and choreographed “Phalastinian KLarma”, a performance for the national Academy of Rome at the Ravello Festival in Italy. In addition to his theatrical work, Bassam is currently touring his creation, “Under the Flesh”.

About
ABOUT VALERIE GREEN/DANCE ENTROPY
Founded in 1998, Valerie Green/Dance Entropy believes in humanizing movement, both in Ms. Green’s critically acclaimed choreographic work and the company’s mission to plant creative seeds in communities across the world. Intersecting mortal and transcendent, sensual and sophisticated, visceral and self-aware, VG/DE invites the artist, the audience—the human—into a compelling, physical experience. Based out of its home studio, Green Space in Queens, NY, VG/DE combines performance and specialized outreach programs to inspire communities in cultural institutions throughout the world. As a professional nonprofit dance company, the communities we engage with have included at risk youth, adolescents, the chronically ill, trauma survivors, immigrants, senior citizens and aspiring/professional dancers.

DANCE ENTROPY / GREEN SPACE
Dance Entropy Inc. created its company home, Green Space, in Long Island City in 2005. Housed in a former silk factory with magnificent views overlooking Manhattan, the lofty 2000 square foot space offers an affordable venue for the creation and practice of dance. Green Space and Dance Entropy are committed to accessibility, diversity, education, and collaboration, providing dance artists and their work space to grow in New York City through monthly performance platforms, classes and rehearsal space.

DIRECTIONS
By Subway: N, W, or the 7 to Queensboro Plaza, the first stop outside Manhattan. Take the North pedestrian bridge to the street. Look to your right, you will see Crescent St., turn right on Crescent and walk to 38th Ave. Turn left on 38th Ave. Walk one block to 24th street. Green Space is in the red brick, four-story building. (Approximately a ten-minute walk.)

SPONSORS FOR DANCE ENTROPY / GREEN SPACE
Dance Entropy / Green Space is supported, in part, by public funds from the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council; NYC Council Member Jimmy Van Bramer; The New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature; Dance/NYC’s New York City Dance Rehearsal Space Subsidy Program, made possible by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation; The Mertz Gilmore Foundation; NYC & Company, The New York Community Trust NYC COVID-19 Response and Impact Fund, The Nora Roberts Foundation, The Laura B. Vogler Foundation, A. Kerson, Leavitt & Sehati, Attorneys.

Photo Credit: Courtesy of Bassam Abou Diab

Sep
25
Sat
The Reveal: A Burlesque Fashion Show @ The Lingerie Shoppe aka Astoria’s Secret
Sep 25 @ 9:00 pm
The Reveal: A Burlesque Fashion Show @ The Lingerie Shoppe aka Astoria’s Secret | New York | United States

Join us for a burlesque fashion show for Voluptas Rose Lingerie, a luxury lingerie brand that designs for women of all sizes. Launched last year, the show is the brand’s first IRL reveal of its debut collection. The evening will feature an exclusive burlesque performance by @bellabombshel with a fashion show to follow. Enjoy the show in an ultra-chic setting. Limited tickets available!

Doors open at 7 p.m. Show starts at 9 p.m.

Voluptas Rose Lingerie is woman-owned and ethically made in America.

Sep
26
Sun
September Fertile Ground New Works Showcase @ Green Space
Sep 26 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
September Fertile Ground New Works Showcase @ Green Space | New York | United States

Green Space is pleased to announce a diverse roster of artists for its signature Fertile Ground program this September. Fertile Ground showcases works-in-progress by multiple dance artists on September 26th.
Green Space has proven to provide an inspiring and welcoming environment where choreographers can explore, experiment, and deepen their creative process.
-Hoong Yee Lee Krakauer, Executive Director, Queens Council on the Arts

FERTILE GROUND supports both emerging and established artists, showcasing the work of over 50 choreographers each year. The non-curated program features six dance makers each evening and includes a post-performance discussion with wine, moderated by Green Space’s Artistic Director, Valerie Green.
Fertile Ground September Artists

Sarahi Calderon
Catawampus Collective
Taylor Douglas and Meitav Vilensky
BlueSklineline dance company
Animus Movement
Anna Paterson Dance

September 26th
7pm
Tickets: $15 at door and online at www.GreenSpaceStudio.org

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DANCE ENTROPY / GREEN SPACE
Dance Entropy Inc. created its company home, Green Space, in Long Island City in 2005. Housed in a former silk factory with magnificent views overlooking Manhattan, the lofty 1,800 square foot space offers an affordable venue for the creation and practice of dance. Green Space and Dance Entropy are committed to accessibility, diversity, education, and collaboration, providing dance artists and their work space to grow in New York City through monthly performance platforms, classes and rehearsal space.

DIRECTIONS
By Subway: N, W, or the 7 to Queensboro Plaza, the first stop outside Manhattan. Take the North pedestrian bridge to the street. Look to your right, you will see Crescent St., turn right on Crescent and walk to 38th Ave. Turn left on 38th Ave. Walk one block to 24th street. Green Space is in the red brick, four-story building. (Approximately a ten-minute walk.)

SPONSORS FOR DANCE ENTROPY / GREEN SPACE
Green Space is supported in part by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, The Mertz Gilmore Foundation, Council Member Jimmy Van Bramer, The New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, Dance/NYC’s New York City Dance Rehearsal Space Subsidy Program, made possible by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, A. Kerson, Leavitt & Sehati, Attorneys.

Oct
1
Fri
Take Root: Hee Ra Yoo and N/N Dance Collaborative @ ONLINE/Green Space
Oct 1 2021 – Feb 18 2022 all-day
Take Root: Hee Ra Yoo and N/N Dance Collaborative @ ONLINE/Green Space | New York | United States

TAKE ROOT, now in its 13th season, nurtures dance artists at established stages in their careers, pairing them in a split bill or full evening-length program. This monthly series supports dance makers’ experimentation and growth with support to present their work to the public. Take Root will present 20 aesthetically diverse artists among seven performances July 2021 – June 2022.

About the Work

Hee Ra Yoo will present Almost There for Take Root. The Korean phrase “거의 다왔는데” means reaching for something that is just a little too far, but possible to obtain, roughly translated to English as “almost there.” Yoo and Dancers’ new work is about our collective dream to reach our desires in a modern, chaotic world. The dancers represent a crowd becoming a stampede, a warning of one possible outcome of our current path. ‘Almost There’ was developed during Yoo and Dancers’ three-month residency at Dixon Place.

N/N Dance Collaborative presents a selection of dance works crafted in situ, where movement and location are fully integrated. Nancy Brier’s Breezeblocks (2019), Mother Nature (2021) and Now Was Zen (2021) are works that submerge us in otherworldly environments and take us out into raw nature – searching for humanity’s delicate balance between social and environmental, between dysfunction and transformational change. Nicole Speletic’s DNA (2019) and Dis-Ease (2020-21) peer into internal spaces, the ones deep within ourselves and the ones that we intimately inhabit – places which quietly bear witness to the lived moments we nightly withstand or daily pass through. (created in Ljubljana, Slovenia)

Available through December 31, 2021.

Queensboro Dance Festival 2021 Season Finale @ Queens Theatre
Oct 1 @ 7:30 pm
Queensboro Dance Festival 2021 Season Finale @ Queens Theatre | New York | United States

Queens Theatre is home to the Season Finale of the Queensboro Dance Festival, which has been on tour all summer throughout Queens outdoor spaces! Launched in 2014, the Queensboro Dance Festival is an annual tour of performances and classes featuring only Queens-based dance companies of diverse cultures and styles. The festival’s mission is to strengthen the dance community in Queens and inspire a greater appreciation of Queens dance.

The festival’s culminating weekend at Queens Theatre is October 1-3. Each evening is a different lineup of Queens dance companies. Attend all 3 nights to see all 23 dance companies that toured with the festival this season!

Oct
2
Sat
Queensboro Dance Festival 2021 Season Finale @ Queens Theatre
Oct 2 @ 7:30 pm
Queensboro Dance Festival 2021 Season Finale @ Queens Theatre | New York | United States

Queens Theatre is home to the Season Finale of the Queensboro Dance Festival, which has been on tour all summer throughout Queens outdoor spaces! Launched in 2014, the Queensboro Dance Festival is an annual tour of performances and classes featuring only Queens-based dance companies of diverse cultures and styles. The festival’s mission is to strengthen the dance community in Queens and inspire a greater appreciation of Queens dance.

The festival’s culminating weekend at Queens Theatre is October 1-3. Each evening is a different lineup of Queens dance companies. Attend all 3 nights to see all 23 dance companies that toured with the festival this season!

Oct
3
Sun
Queensboro Dance Festival 2021 Season Finale @ Queens Theatre
Oct 3 @ 5:00 pm
Queensboro Dance Festival 2021 Season Finale @ Queens Theatre | New York | United States

Queens Theatre is home to the Season Finale of the Queensboro Dance Festival, which has been on tour all summer throughout Queens outdoor spaces! Launched in 2014, the Queensboro Dance Festival is an annual tour of performances and classes featuring only Queens-based dance companies of diverse cultures and styles. The festival’s mission is to strengthen the dance community in Queens and inspire a greater appreciation of Queens dance.

The festival’s culminating weekend at Queens Theatre is October 1-3. Each evening is a different lineup of Queens dance companies. Attend all 3 nights to see all 23 dance companies that toured with the festival this season!

Braata Folk Singers in Concert: Rebirth @ Jamaica Performing Arts Center
Oct 3 @ 6:00 pm
Braata Folk Singers in Concert: Rebirth @ Jamaica Performing Arts Center | New York | United States

Braata Folk Singers Back by Popular Demand! Caribbean Folk Ensemble, the Braata Folk Singers, will grace the stage once more after a triumphant return to concert performance on Father’s Day earlier this year. Armed with an expanded repertoire, this performance will mark the New York-based group’s second live production since the pandemic began. The concert will include the much-loved inspirational, folk and reggae songs from the June 2021 concert.

The Braata Folk Singers, under the creative direction of Jamaican-born actor, singer, and producer Andrew Clarke, and the musical direction of Joel Edwards, present “Rebirth” on Sunday, October 3, 2021 at the Jamaica Performing Arts Center (JPAC) at 6 p.m. Tickets will be $25 pre-sold and $30 at the door. Tickets can be reserved at braataproductions.org/bfsreboot. JPAC is located at 153-10 Jamaica Avenue, Jamaica, New York near the Parsons/Archer subway stop.

The concert is produced by Braata Productions, which is dedicated to giving Caribbean and Caribbean-American artists a platform to showcase their work and talents. Their mission is to transform lives through cultural awareness and the arts and to bring Caribbean folk culture, artists, music, stories, movement, and theater into more prominent spaces while providing an opportunity for Caribbean artists to receive greater recognition. The Braata Folk Singers are proud ambassadors of Caribbean folk music. Queens County is home to one of the world’s largest communities of Caribbean expatriates.

Patrons who were treated to “Rebirth” earlier this year experienced first hand how the title of the show is a metaphor: the world emerging from the pandemic. At that show, Clarke explained that we as a city were just in the early stages of discussing the return to live performance. The program inspired our supporters and fans to safely emerge from their homes, apartments, and lofts–like butterflies from their cocoons–into a world different from the pre-Covid one they knew.

Having taken some time to retool, the Braata Folk Singers surprised concert-goers with a program unlike any ever seen before in the group’s more than 10-year performance history. One patron remarked as he left the theatre, “I am pleasantly surprised, really glad I came, the show was excellent.” That is exactly the reaction Clarke had hoped to elicit from those in attendance. Clarke said, “I am sure when most people sat down to the concert that day they expected a nice evening listening to some of their favorite folk songs. But from the sound of the opening chords, they were in for something special!” He added, “The end of the first song brought on the first of many standing ovations for the night. I think it was safe to say that the Braata Folk Singers had returned in fine style!”

Advanced ticket purchases are encouraged to minimize in-person transactions and to observe Covid protocols. For those unable to attend the concert, donations are encouraged to ensure the Braata Folk Singers’ continued existence.

The Braata Folk Singers in Concert is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

ABOUT BRAATA PRODUCTIONS
Braata Productions is a non-profit organization dedicated to giving Caribbean and Caribbean-American artists an opportunity and platform through which they can showcase their works and talents. The company was founded in 2009 to bring Caribbean folk culture, music movement, stories, artists, and theatre to the United States. The vision is to create a world where the cultural and historical traditions of the Caribbean islands are woven into the beautiful tapestry of global arts used to teach and inspire new generations to always reach for more.

Braata Productions offers the highest quality theatrical and educational productions and programs to educate and entertain people worldwide.

For more information, to purchase tickets, or to donate to the Braata Folk Singers, visit braataproductions.org/bfsreboot.

Oct
15
Fri
Take Root – October: Who Knows the Show/Aya Jane Saotome & Nattie Trogdon and Hollis Bartlett @ Green Space
Oct 15 @ 8:00 pm – Oct 16 @ 10:00 pm
Take Root - October: Who Knows the Show/Aya Jane Saotome & Nattie Trogdon and Hollis Bartlett @ Green Space | New York | United States

TAKE ROOT IS A MONTHLY CURATED SERIES THAT SUPPORTS DANCE MAKERS BY PROVIDING AN OPPORTUNITY TO PRESENT A PAIRED EVENING OF WORK. PARTICIPATING ARTISTS BUILD THEIR BODY OF WORK; NETWORK WITH FELLOW CHOREOGRAPHERS, DANCERS, AND COLLABORATORS; AND FIND NEW AUDIENCES.

Who Knows the Show presents a journey from East to West and beyond! From rural Japan to New York City, everyday life and extraordinary events are told through dance, theater, comedy and music. Directed and choreographed by Aya Jane Saotome in collaboration with the dancers and musicians.

A collaged duet performance work, O Fallen Angel utilizes the body and performance as a vessel – a container for meaning-making. Confronting our collective and personal assumptions, perceptions, desires and relationship to the moving body on stage; this work is expressed through a patchwork of images, rigorous repetition, stillness, and deep formalism. O Fallen Angel is a vase for the audience to fill and a vase for the performer to hold. It is a work about ghosts and Enya, Florida, deserted places, mundane tasks, Haint Blue, relationship, desire, shame, rigor, repetition and what we hide under the surface – just right under the surface.

Oct
16
Sat
A day of art-making, performance, screenings, and poetry readings @ Queens Museum
Oct 16 @ 12:00 pm
A day of art-making, performance, screenings, and poetry readings @ Queens Museum | New York | United States

Please join us for an Outdoor Series of Art-making, Performance, and Poetry on the museum lawn, and a Indoor Screening Series featuring a selection of 8 short to full length films and video art projects. Each screening will be followed by a Q&A with the artists.