FrameWorks and Frame Dances in DUMBO

SusanMarshall-Cloudless.jpgSusan Marshall’s Cloudless, photo: Nancy Palmieri

Continuing with news from the New York videodance scene, I’m happy to share some exciting programs happening at two new spaces in Brooklyn’s DUMBO neighborhood: Galapagos Art Space and Music-Theatre Group.

Galapagos Art Space will be moving this summer from their original home on North 6th Street in Williamsburg to the space formerly known as “The Stable” in DUMBO. This will place them in proximity to the prestigious St. Ann’s Warehouse, and in alliance with BAM and other high class Brooklyn cultural institutions. I was sad to hear the old place was going, with its placid reflecting pool and scrappy backroom where I hosted and witnessed many a screening and performance, but my sadness quickly dissipated when I learned of their plans to have a new dance film screening series called FRAMEWORKS at their new venue. This series will be curated by a young dancer/filmmaker/puppeteer Michael Bodel, who is dedicated to showing current dance films that are creative, challenging, and boundary-defying regardless of budget size and professional polish. A particular focus, especially for the first screening on June 28th, later this summer, will be work by NYC-based artists. The current call for NYC artists’ submissions is June 1st, and then Work from all artists will be considered on a rolling basis after that. For more information, and to download an application click here.

The second event is a special series of 8 workshop performances by Susan Marshall & Company May 28 – June 1, 2008 to inaugurate the opening of Music-Theatre Group’s new performing space in DUMBO. The company will be performing FRAME DANCES, a brand-new performance installation created by Susan Marshall with music by Peter Whitehead and live video. Each FRAME DANCE will be captured on video in live time, in full view, and the different perspectives will be presented side by side with the live dances.  Audiences become part of the work as they move freely through the space, making choices about how they view the various pieces. Composer Peter Whitehead has created a series of layered scores for this installation, which he will perform live.

Music-Theatre Group is located at 10 Jay Street in DUMBO.  This brand new workshop and performance space will serve as a platform to stimulate and advance the Group’s work, foster artistic exchange and community, and allow works-in-progress to be shared with the public on a regular basis.

Wednesday, May 28, 6:30pm – Benefit Performance
Thursday, May 29, 6:30pm & 9:30pm
Friday, May 30, 6:30pm & 9:30pm
Saturday, May 31, 3pm & 6:30pm
Sunday, June 1, 3pm

Tickets: $15, available through Smart-Tix. 
Call 212.868.4444 or visit

Free Shuttle Bus Service from Union Square to 10 Jay Street for select performances.  Call Music-Theatre Group at 212.366.2560, ext. 22 212-366-5260 x22 for details.

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