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Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts at Brooklyn College presents Coyote’s Dance, Feb. 11

by Michelle Tabnick
January 7, 2017
Kumble Theatre at LIU Brooklyn
1 University Plaza
Brooklyn, NY 11201
(718) 488-1624
“An interactive spectacle… imaginatively incarnated by Treehouse Shakers.”
— The New York Times
Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts at Brooklyn College continues its 2016-17 family series on Saturday, February 11, 2017 at 2pm with Treehouse Shakers’ production of the original dance-play, Coyote’s Dance. This interactive spectacle leads young audiences into the remarkable world of Coyote, the infamous mischief-maker from Native American cultures.

Performances of Coyote’s Dance will be at the Kumble Theater, located at Long Island University’s Brooklyn campus in downtown Brooklyn, not at Brooklyn Center’s regular venue, Whitman Theatre at Brooklyn College. The production is recommended for ages four to ten. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased at BrooklynCenter.org or by calling the box office at 718-951-4500 (Tue-Sat, 1pm-6pm).

About Coyote’s Dance

Written and choreographed by Treehouse Shakers’ co-founders Mara McEwin and Emily Bunning, with music by award-winning musicians Roderick Jackson and the First Women’s Nation a cappella group, Ulali, Coyote’s Dance envelops the culture and story of Coyote, whose exploits are recounted among many North American Indian Nations. Audiences follow Coyote as he humorously tries to turn himself blue with the help of a songbird, outwit a sly and handsome Fox for his eagle feathered-robe, and dances with the mesmerizing stars in the universe. The set, compiled of several trampolines, keeps audiences thoroughly awe-struck as Coyote and friends fly, jump and dance through the air. The engaging contemporary dance, live music, and beautiful costumes will have even the youngest of audience members dancing and laughing in their seats. The performance runs 45 minutes with no intermission and is recommended for children ages four and up.

About Treehouse Shakers

Founded in 1997 in New York City, Treehouse Shakers’ mission is to create original dance-plays that encourage multi-generational audiences to experience a connection to their community. Their young audience programming is unique in its offering young audiences a guided look at modern dance through
powerful and meaningful theater. Their work is sometimes the first performance, specifically in viewing dance, which many young people experience. Treehouse Shakers creates work that experiments with narrative styles and explores the story’s elements through the abstractions of modern dance. Their
performance repertoire includes 13 original works that addresses every age-level within youth programming. As one of New York’s only dance-theater companies solely creating original work for young audiences, their goal is to provide inventive, intelligent and engaging performances that nurture creative thought and inspire dialog. They strive to create the highest caliber work that will stimulate, connect and entertain audience members. Ever increasing their reach, they tour nationally and partner with local schools and non-profits to provide 1,000+ free and discounted tickets to underserved and low-income youth and families. Complimenting performances, Treehouse Shakers provides teacher trainings and residencies for students that focus on the art of dance and storytelling.

Treehouse Shakers was named for the wonders of nature, the power of imagination and the excitement of dance. The treehouse, like the theater, is a sacred space where imagination is the most potent currency and stories are the roots of the world.

Visit BrooklynCenter.org for a complete season lineup.

Coyote’s Dance
Saturday, February 11, 2017 at 2pm
Kumble Theatre at Long Island University
1 University Plaza, Brooklyn, NY 11201
Recommended for ages four and up
Tickets: $15
Box Office: BrooklynCenter.org or 718-951-4500 (Tue– Sat, 1pm – 6pm)


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 2016-17 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 2016-17 season is provided by: Brooklyn College, Con Edison, TD Bank, National Grid, The Howard Gilman Foundation, the Jazz Touring Network, the Alice Lawrence Foundation, the Pierre and Tana Matisse Foundation, the Mertz Gilmore Foundation, the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation, and the TD Charitable Foundation. Additional support provided by CNG Publications, The Brooklyn Eagle, Brooklyn Media Group, and WBGO Jazz 88.3 FM. The Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott New York Brooklyn is the official hotel of Brooklyn Center’s 2016-17 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 Annette Robinson and Helene Weinstein; New York City Council Member Jumaane D. Williams; New York City Council Cultural Affairs Committee Chair Jimmy Van Bramer; New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, and Commissioner of Cultural Affairs Tom Finkelpearl.
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