The fourth annual BEAT Festival is coming to Brooklyn!! This 10-day festival is comprised of experimental dance, theater, vocal performances, comedy shows, and many more amazing performances! On Friday, September 11th and Saturday, September 12th—a week before Lotus Creations offers our first hip-hop class of the semester—a performance called Fertile Grounds will take place in the Weeksville Heritage Center in Crown Heights.
Weeksville Heritage Center is both a historical site and a modern facility. On one side of the property, a historical sequence of buildings hailing from the 19th and 20th centuries preserves the history of one of American’s first free black communities, named for James Weeks, who purchased the property in 1838 along with other African American investors to create a land-owning community. The other side features a cutting-edge, modern, multi-use cultural facility that opened in late 2013.
Fertile Grounds features spoken arts artist Keisha-Gaye Anderson, dancer Blacka Di Danca, musician and poet Ngoma Hill, and multi-media performance artist Iyaba Ibo Mandino. Check out this short clip of Blacka's choreography below. Enjoy the powerful beats!
Click here for more info on the BEAT Festival. Hopefully, as our fall semester gets started, you take the chance to see these amazing arts and dance performances and to support some great artists in Brooklyn!