Event Photo Festival of Dreams

Tickets: FREE


Sun, Sept 24 | 3 pm

Presented as part of MoCADA’s Soul of Brooklyn Festival

Weeksville Heritage Center

158 Buffalo Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11213

Festival of Dreams

Faustin Linyekula, assisted by South African dancer Moya Michael, teams up with 20 dancers from It’s Showtime NYC! to create a series of performative dialogues in Brooklyn. During a two-week residency, he will work with each member of It’s Showtime NYC!—a program of Dancing in the Streets that supports the development of street and subway dancers in New York City—exploring movement, memories, and hopes in the process of shaping meaningful stories. The project will culminate at MoCADA’s Soul of Brooklyn Festival where the performers will share their dreams for a better future through street dance, music, storytelling, and community dialogue. The work celebrates the small, personal details that define who we are, and that connect us all as human beings.

Join the conversation online: #FaustinMeetsShowtime #ShowtimeinBrooklyn #BrooklynDreams

Co-commissioned and co-presented by 651 ARTS, the French Institute Alliance Française (FIAF)’s Crossing the Line Festival, and Dancing in the Streets, in partnership with BRIC, University Settlement, and the Soul of Brooklyn Festival.

About the Artist: Faustin Linyekula

Faustin Linyekula is a choreographer and performer with a “live-wire intensity” (The New York Times). His riveting work often addresses themes of memory, forgetting, and dreams. With his country’s history as a catalyst, he considers the impact that decades of war, trauma, and economic uncertainty have on people’s lives. Linyekula founded the Studios Kabako in 2001. Based in Kisangani, DR Congo, the company fosters young artists, acts as a laboratory for the development of theater, dance, music, film, and video, engages in local community initiatives, and supports the touring of Linyekula’s work worldwide. Linyekula has performed in New York at MoMA and at Crossing the Line Festival in 2011 and 2012.

It’s Showtime NYC!

It’s Showtime NYC! is a program of Dancing in the Streets that celebrates and promotes New York City street culture, and provides performance and professional development opportunities to street and subway dancers to develop legitimate career options in the arts. It’s Showtime NYC! is supported by the NYC Mayor’s Office, the Department of Cultural Affairs and the Shelley & Donald Rubin Foundation.

The main dance styles represented in the group are Flexn and Litefeet, created respectively in Brooklyn and the Bronx/Harlem, where most of the dancers are from.

Regular presentations and open public workshops take place in Battery Park and, over the last two years, performance invitations have come from SummerStage, Children’s Aid Society, The Supreme Court, Times Square Arts, French Institute Alliance Française (FIAF), The Bronx Museum of the Arts, MoveMakers Philly (Philadelphia), El Museo Del Barrio, Casita Maria Center for Arts & Education, Van Alen Institute, BRIC, Madison Square Park, Bronx Coworks, and Bronx Culture Collective.

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