Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts at Brooklyn College
Announces 2015-16 Family Performances
Including Clifford the Big Red Dog and Step Afrika!
Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts at Brooklyn College continues to bring quality, affordable, and family-friendly performing arts programming to the culturally diverse communities of Brooklyn throughout its 2015-16 Season.
Brooklyn Center’s 2015-16 family programming brings in performances that span over a wide range of genres and cultures, including an awe-inspiring concert by Black Violin, an annual holiday favorite The Colonial Nutcracker, a stepping rhythmic dance show Step Afrika!, a Lunar New Year Celebration by Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company, the Golden Dragon Acrobats, Clifford the Big Red Dog™ – LIVE! based on the hit PBS Kids series, and Alexander Who’s Not Not Not Not Not Not Going to Move. Clifford the Big Red Dog™ – LIVE! will be the centerpiece of Brooklyn Center’s ninth annual National Grid Earth Day Celebration.
Online resources, such as literacy-based activity sheets and Parents’ Guides, will give parents the opportunity to engage their children prior to attending the performances, and then again after seeing each show.
“Bring the whole family, from toddlers to grandparents, to Brooklyn Center’s upcoming 2015-16 season of world class performances for families,” says Jon Yanofsky, the Director of Brooklyn Center. “Our family programming creates lasting memories for kids and adults alike as it celebrates and explores the rich cultural traditions of Brooklyn and the world.”
Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts’ 2015-16 family performances include:
• Black Violin
• Dance Theatre in Westchester’s The Colonial Nutcracker
• Step Afrika!
• Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company’s Lunar New Year Celebration – Year of the Monkey
• The Golden Dragon Acrobats
• Clifford the Big Red Dog™ – LIVE!
• Ninth Annual National Grid Earth Day Celebration
• Alexander, Who’s Not Not Not Not Not Not Going to Move
Saturday, November 14, 2015 at 2pm
Back by popular demand, virtuoso violinists Kev Marcus and Wil B return to Brooklyn with their electrifying mash-up of hip-hop, classical, and pop tunes. With appearances ranging from the Apollo Theater and the Billboard Music Awards to three NFL Super Bowls and President Obama’s official Inaugural Ball, this dynamic duo never fails to take audiences by storm with their unique spin on music for strings.
The Colonial Nutcracker
Sunday, December 13, 2015 at 2pm
An annual holiday favorite, Dance Theatre in Westchester performs its family-friendly, full-length version of Tchaikovsky’s ballet set in wintry colonial Yorktown, complete with a red-coated mouse army, an enchanted nutcracker prince, and simultaneous narration to help young audience members enjoy this timeless classic.
Saturday, January 23, 2016 at 2pm
Experience Step Afrika!, the world’s first professional company dedicated to stepping, a unique art form born at African American fraternities and based in rich African traditions. Incorporating intricate rhythmic patterns of kicks, stomps, claps, and chants, the dancers use their bodies as instruments, creating an enthralling, high-energy performance that has been praised by The Village Voice as “a jubilation of rhythm and spirit that harks back to the essence of dancing.”
Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company
Lunar New Year Celebration – Year of the Monkey
Sunday, January 31, 2016 at 3pm
Tickets: $25/$12.50 (children 12 and under)
Brooklyn Center is thrilled to partner once again with the prestigious Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company in an all-new celebration of Chinese arts and culture commemorating the Year of the Monkey, a year characterized by cleverness, curiosity, and playful mischief. Thrilling choreography, traditional music, and dazzling acrobats showcase the rich traditions of one of Brooklyn’s most vibrant communities at this festive, family-friendly event.
Golden Dragon Acrobats
Sunday, March 13, 2016 at 3pm
Tickets: $25/$12.50 (children 12 and under)
Recognized internationally as today’s premier Chinese acrobatic touring company, The Golden Dragons combine award-winning acrobatics, spectacular costumes, and ancient and contemporary music and theatrical techniques to present an unforgettable show of breathtaking skill and beauty, representing the best of a time honored tradition that began more than twenty five centuries ago.
Clifford the Big Red Dog™ – LIVE!
Sunday, April 17, 2016 at 2pm
Embark on a new adventure with loveable Clifford, the big red dog with the heart of gold. Based on the classic children’s books by Norman Bridwell, this brand new musical celebrates the timeless values of sharing, respect, and cooperation.
Ninth Annual National Grid Earth Day Celebration
Sunday, April 17, 2016 at 3pm
Tickets: FREE event, no tickets issued
Children and adults alike will enjoy live music, arts and crafts, and street performers at this free community festival, where interactive family activities highlight the need to create a more sustainable future and care for the earth.
Alexander, Who’s Not Not Not Not Not Not Going to Move
Sunday, May 15, 2016 at 2pm
The rest of Alexander’s family is moving a thousand miles away, but there’s NO way Alexander is going to leave his best friend, his favorite babysitter, or all the places and people he’s known all his life. Never. Not ever. No way! Based on Judith Vorst’s best-selling Alexander… series, this new family musical teaches us home isn’t a house or a place on a map—it’s wherever you are when you’re with the people who love you.
Visit BrooklynCenter.org for a complete season lineup.
Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts
Whitman Theatre at Brooklyn College
2 train to Brooklyn College/Flatbush Avenue
Online orders: BrooklynCenter.org
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About Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts
Founded in 1954, Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts at Brooklyn College presents outstanding performing arts and arts education programs, reflective of Brooklyn’s diverse communities, at affordable prices. Each season, Brooklyn Center welcomes over 65,000 people to the 2,400 seat Whitman Theatre, including up to 45,000 schoolchildren from over 300 schools who attend their SchoolTime series, one of the largest arts-in-education programs in the borough.
Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts’ programs are supported, in part, by public funding from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council. Brooklyn Center’s 2015-16 Season is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.
Major support for the 2015-16 season is provided by: Brooklyn College, Con Edison, TD Bank, National Grid, Macy’s, Shanachie Entertainment Corp, the Herman Goldman Foundation, The Harkness Foundation for Dance, the Jazz Touring Network, the Alice Lawrence Foundation, the Pierre and Tana Matisse Foundation, the Mertz Gilmore Foundation, the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation, the Henry and Lucy Moses Fund, Inc., and the TD Charitable Foundation. Additional support provided by CNG Publications, The Brooklyn Eagle, and WBGO Jazz 88.3 FM. The Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott New York Brooklyn is the official hotel of Brooklyn Center’s 2015-16 Season. Backstage catering is graciously provided by Applebee’s.
Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts gratefully acknowledges generous support from New York State Assembly members Rhoda Jacobs, Alan Maisel, Félix Ortiz, Annette Robinson, and Helene Weinstein, New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, and Commissioner of Cultural Affairs Tom Finkelpearl.