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Open Studios Residency

Harbor View Lawn
Start Date
Apr 18, 2021
End Date
Jul 11, 2021
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The 2021 Open Studios Residency will culminate on Sunday, July 11 at Harbor View Lawn!

Join our inaugural Artists-in-Residence Oyu Oro Afro-Cuban Experimental Dance Ensemble (10:00am-12:00pm) and Fogo Azul NYC (12:00-2:00pm) as they will present performances of their original work developed during their residencies in the Park. The public is welcome to join interactive workshops following each group’s final showcase.

The Conservancy is proud to welcome its first two Open Studios Artists-in-Residence: Fogo Azul NYC and Oyu Oro Afro-Cuban Experimental Dance Ensemble. Open-air working rehearsals by both groups begin on Sunday, April 18 and culminates on July 11 performances of their original work developed during their residency. The public is welcome to stop by at any point throughout the series to get a unique window inside the creative process and enjoy live performing arts activating Brooklyn Bridge Park.

Oyu Oro Afro-Cuban Experimental Dance Ensemble (10:00am-12:00pm)

In Cuba there are African ethnic groups that have left a strong mark on the Cuban cultural heritage. Oyu Oro will present Afro Cuban traditional dances, including: 1) Bicheb: Originated in Haiti and were brought to Cuba during the slave-trade and work migrations to the eastern part of Cuba. They are secular dances based on labor production from the coffee plantations, and are danced during festivities and celebrations.  2) Palo: Cultural manifestation came from Congo during the slave trade in the western part of the island. Congo dance and music express three important factors: the power of the spirits and communication with the ancestors manifested through an object of worship called Nganga, the competition of their leaders called Tata to demonstrate the supremacy of their magical religious power; and physical skills through dancing using a wood stick called Garabato. 3) Conga Santiaguera: A mass popular dance, manifesting emblematic elements of the world-famous carnivals in Santiago de Cuba. The conga is a figurative dramatic dance along the streets displaying a collective choreography performed by the beautifully dressed and dancers with rhythmic music of drums. We welcome all the public to join in singing and dancing with Oyu Oro.

Fogo Azul NYC (12:00pm-2:00pm)

Be a Drummer for a Day! Fogo Azul NYC welcomes audiences of all ages to come use their drums or bring your own. The free open workshop will include a brief history of their drumming style, followed by a meet and greet with the members of Fogo Azul.  The ensemble’s final presentation will then feature powerful Brazilian polyrhythmic layers played with infectious joy and energy on surdo, dobra, repinique, snare drums by the drummers who move en masse. Their culminating showcase will include all new music and choreography developed at Brooklyn Bridge Park.

  • Our Partners

  • Filming Notice & Consent

      Please note that filming will take place during the Open Studios Residency culminating event on July 11. Audience members may be recorded and by attending consent to the following statement. If you do not consent, please seek a Conservancy staff member at the event who will be able to accommodate your request.

      I hereby consent to Participation in interviews, the use of quotes, and the taking of photographs, movies or videotapes of myself (“Media”) by Conservancy and Brooklyn Bridge Park. I also grant to the Conservancy and Brooklyn Bridge Park the right to edit and use said Media for appropriate purposes including but not limited to: publicity, electronic and print publications, websites and all other forms of media. I also hereby release all Releasees from all claims, demands, and liabilities whatsoever in connection with the above.

About Our Partners

  • About Fogo Azul NYC

      Fogo Azul NYC is New York City’s Best and most powerful performance group.  The New York City-based all-women Brazilian Samba Reggae drum line Fogo Azul (Blue Fire) was born at the intersection of founder and Buffalo, NY native, Stacy Kovacs’ passion for Samba Reggae, her deep respect for its cultural roots as a music of protest and resistance, her belief and activism in support of gender equality and her sense of civic duty in the current environment to publicly awaken and inspire women to resist oppression and exercise their power to uplift society —loudly.  Launched in 2016 as an extension of Marcus Santos’s Samba Reggae-based Grooversity education project, Fogo Azul NYC is an age and ethnically diverse community of women who span the drummer spectrum from novice to professional.

  • About Oyu Oro Afro Cuban Dance Ensemble

      Oyu Oro is an NYC-based Afro-Cuban dance company founded by the Dance/USA Dorris Duke Fellow 2019, Danys “La Mora” Perez, who is originally from Santiago de Cuba. The company is committed to the preservation of Afro-Cuban culture through dance, song and music. The repertoire pays tribute to African cultural lineages derived from the Yoruba, Congo, Carabali, Arará, and Dahomean cultures of West Africa and Haiti. Oyu Oro aspires to create a work that will serve as an informational tool for researchers in the academic field as well as a source of enjoyment for audiences of all ages and multicultural backgrounds who seek a greater development of “art among people. OYU ORO is excited for the opportunity to share the culture with the locals and the visitors at Brooklyn Bridge Park, while it continues to celebrate the company’s 15th year anniversary.

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