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.