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Open Studios Residency

Harbor View Lawn
Next Date
Sep 16, 2022
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Various dates, times & locations, see below
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Join our Artists-in-Residence It’s Showtime NYC and Trusty Sidekick Theater Company as they workshop and build new work during seven open programs for our Open Studios series!

What’s more, you’re invited to be a part of the process! 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.

  • Our Partners

It's Showtime NYC

It’s Showtime NYC is working in collaboration with choreographer Christina “CocoMotion” Smith for their Open Studios series. Join for It’s Showtime NYC Open Studio rehearsals on Mondays from 6:00-8:00pm on May 9 at Pier 2, May 16 at Harbor View Lawn, May 23 at Pier 2, June 6 at Harbor View Lawn, June 13 at Pier 2, and June 20 at Harborview Lawn. Dates and times for their cumulating performances to come.

Christina Smith known under the moniker CocoMotion, is a NYC native and multidisciplinary artist, dancer and choreographer. Her accolades in choreography include “Dick Rivington and Tommy the Cat” under the production of OneOfUs at Abrons Arts Center. As a member of It’s Showtime NYC!,  Cocomotion performed with Bill T. Jones at the Park Avenue Armory and appeared on the PBS-TV series Dancing Barefeet with Mickela Mallozzi in the Hip Hop episode. She is the choreographer for the Brooklyn Bridge Park residency and the NYC Dance Parade where It’s Showtime NYC will perform this spring.

As choreographer of the Brooklyn Bridge Park residency Coco will stage a show which highlights the unique artistry of Its ShowTime NYC dancers. Audiences can expect to see a performance  featuring street and club dance styles including flexin’, lite feet, waacking, vogue and house. Dancers will showcase their respective styles in a culminating performance at Brooklyn Bridge Park.

  • About It's Showtime NYC

      It’s Showtime NYC! is a program of the Bronx based non profit Dancing in the Streets. The program provides performance opportunities and professional development for NYC’s street and club dancers. Partial funding for It’s Showtime NYC’s residency at Brooklyn Bridge Park has been provided by the City of New York Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, the Mertz Gilmore FoundationHoward Gilman Foundation, New York State Council on the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Trusty Sidekick: A Perfect Party for Trees

Join Trusty Sidekick for an interactive outdoor performance that invites our audience to travel through nature to help build the perfect birthday party for the trees. Join for Trusty Sidekick’s Open Studio rehearsals on Sundays from 12:00-3:00pm on May 15, May 22, June 5, June 12, June 19, September 16 and September 23, located as a roving performance across the Pier 6 Lawns (from entrance to Liberty Lawn). Culminating shows will take place on September 23 at 5pm, September 24 at 11am, 1pm and 3pm, and September 25 at 10am. Each performance runs about 45-60 minutes long.

In A Perfect Party for Trees, we welcome our party guests to try multi-sensory activities, participatory puppetry, and collective live music in a celebration of nature, and the many ways that we see ourselves as a part of it. Guided by our friends The Beekeeper, The Bear, and Ms. Branch, we create a gentle and playful space for our audience to dig like a badger, sing like a bird, and sit quietly like a tree to become a part of the forest itself. With no wrong way to celebrate, it will be the perfect party every time.

  • About Trusty Sidekick

      Based in New York City, Trusty Sidekick Theater Company creates bold, original productions for young people and their families. Hailed by The New York Times for “blur[ring] the boundaries between the imagined and the real,” Trusty Sidekick crafts new and exciting ways for audiences of all ages to interact with live performance. By developing new work in collaboration with young audiences as dramaturgs, the theatre-going experience is redefined. Having created works in both unique settings like a Revolutionary War-era battleground and traditional theater spaces, every adventure is rooted firmly in the belief that kids deserve theater that ignites their imaginations and makes them think about the world in a new way. Commissions by Lincoln Center of multi-sensory work designed specifically for audiences on the autism spectrum (Up and Away, Campfire) have garnered international attention for Trusty Sidekick’s hallmark of keeping the audience in mind when creating every element of a show.

      Trusty Sidekick has had the privilege of developing new work in partnership with some of the most exciting theater venues in New York City and around the country.

  • A Perfect Party for Tea Show Credits

      Project Lead/Director: Leigh Walter
      Project Lead/Writer: Marty Allen
      Project Lead/ Associate Director: Andrew Duff

      Puppet Design and Fabrication: Eric Wright
      Costume Design and Fabrication: Natalie Loveland
      Lead Composer: Jesse Greenberg
      Co-composer: Naeemah Maddox
      Jesse Greenberg as The Bear
      John Rankin III as The Beekeeper
      Naeemah Maddox as Ms. Branch

      Production Manager: Carly Levin
      Production Stage Manager: Aoife Hough
      Production Intern: Stella Hu (Twig)
      Creative Producer: Spencer Townley-Lott
      Creative Producer: Renata Townsend
      Managing Director: Paul Brewster McGinley
      Social Media Coordinator: Brit Gossett
      Company Manager: Samantha Leigh

  • Filming Notice & Consent

      Please note that filming will take place during the Open Studios. 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.

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