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BEAT Festival 2015: Ocaso: A Performance Adventure in Manufacture New York
Sep 18, 2015 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
At a time of profound change in Sunset Park, Ocaso (which in Spanish means sunset, twilight and decline) honors the traditions of the neighborhood’s Chinese and Latino communities in a space that embodies the spirit of the creative entrepreneurs who have recently embraced Sunset Park as their own. Manufacture New York is a fashion design and production incubator for independent Brooklyn-based designers. BEAT will take over one of the cavernous floors in the 160,000-square-foot space for a performance adventure of three pieces performed both separately and simultaneously, with guests guided through the space by directional light and music by Paul Tafoya.
Chinese Theatre Works will perform part of Peony Pavilion, one of the great epic masterpieces of the Chinese Kun-style opera, a fusion of music, dance, song and poetry. Written by Tang Xian Zu during the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644), the 500-year-old original in its entirety spans 55 acts performed over 22 hours. CTW’s program presents two of the opera’s most famous scenes, “A Stroll in the Garden” and “Awakening from the Dream,” and is an excellent introduction to a Chinese classic opera style, performed by highly trained professional performers in sumptuous silk embroidered costumes and traditional make-up and hair dress.
Equal parts performance, installation and lecture, Dhira Rauch‘s The Proof is in the Processor is a nerdy clown romp which covers the entire evolution of information technology in less time than it takes for your morning commute. The speed of information is growing exponentially, yet we can’t always evolve quickly enough to keep up. Join Dhira in asking the Big Questions about what it all means. Through a large webbed installation constructed live around the audience and a hands-on interactive lecture using giant props, wordplay and experimental beat-boxing, we’ll be dealing with technology and our relationship to the din of information coming at us. From cave paintings to Google Glass, we’ll cover the mega meta beta bytes, making simulacra macrame and exploring the heightened semiotics of OMG.
Brooklyn’s Finest Dance Company has been in the Latin/Mambo scene and serving the Sunset Park community for 15 years. Known for their technique, fast footwork, and energetic shows, the company has the right ingredients for the perfect salsa performance. The company has also become one of the most diverse, distinctive and unique dance companies in the Latin/Mambo community for their preservation and enrichment of the Latin dance heritage.