Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts 2011-2012 Season

Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts at Brooklyn College announces its 57th season of music, dance, theater, and family programming reflecting the multicultural diversity of Brooklyn. The outstanding line-up features performances from Jamaica, Spain, China, and Russia, as well as the United States, and includes both Brooklyn premieres and returning favorites.

Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts’ 2011-2012 Season includes:

  • National Acrobats of the People’s Republic of China (North American premiere tour)
  • Alan Safier in Say Goodnight Gracie
  • Soul Street Dance: Breakin’ Backwards
  • Compañía Flamenca José Porcel
  • The Colonial Nutcracker
  • Clifford the Big Red Dog™ — Live!
  • Children’s musical group Hot Peas ‘N Butter
  • The Beauty of Ballet (co-presented with The School of American Ballet)
  • National Dance Theatre Company of Jamaica (50th Anniversary tour)
  • Red Star / Red Army Chorus and Dance Ensemble
  • Steve Solomon in My Mother’s Italian, My Father’s Jewish, & I’m in Therapy!
  • Moscow Festival Ballet’s Giselle
  • Mufaro’s Beautiful Daughters
  • Fifth annual National Grid Earth Day Celebration
  • Roslyn Kind in concert
  • The West Point Military Academy Band’s Jazz Knights
  • American Family Theater’s Cinderella

Direct from Beijing National Acrobats of the People’s Republic of China – Saturday, October 29, 2011 at 1pm Founded in 1950 as the first National Performing Arts Troupe established by the government of the People’s Republic of China, this ensemble of more than 40 gymnasts, contortionists, jugglers, and dancers combine centuries-old tradition with modern-day showmanship in their very first North American tour.

Alan Safier as George Burns in Say Goodnight Gracie – Sunday, October 30, 2011 at 2p
This Tony Award-nominated solo tour-de-force is a life-affirming tribute to one of the great comedians of the 20th century, a man who laughingly lived and loved each day for all it had to offer, until he finally went ‘gently into that good night’ to forever be reunited with his beloved Gracie. “You’ll be in heaven yourself, at least for an hour and a half.” – The New York Times

Soul Street Dance: Breakin’ Backwards – Sunday, November 6, 2011 at 2pm
With an incredible combination of energy, speed, innovation, and just plain fun, Soul Street Dance combines youthful athleticism with different types of contemporary and street dance, including Brazilian capoeira, New York-style break dance, and hip hop. A Target FamilyFun event recommended for ages six and up.

Direct from Madrid Compañía Flamenca José Porcel -Sunday, November 13, 2011 at 2pm
Considered by many to be one of the greatest dancers in all of Spain, José Porcel brings his spectacular company of dancers, singers, and musicians to Brooklyn in “Gypsy Fire,” an explosion of rhythms, colors, and emotions that evokes the richness, vitality, and passion of Spanish culture.

The Colonial Nutcracker - Sunday, December 11, 2011 at 2pm
An annual holiday favorite at Brooklyn Center, Dance Theatre in Westchester performs an abridged, narrated version of Tchaikovsky’s classic ballet set in wintry colonial Yorktown, complete with a red-coated mouse army and an enchanted nutcracker prince. A Target FamilyFun event recommended for ages four and up.

Clifford the Big Red Dog™ — Live! Sunday, January 8, 2012 at 2pm
Embark on a whole new adventure with loveable Clifford, the big red dog with a heart of gold. Based on the classic children’s books by Norman Bridwell, this brand new musical is full of memorable songs and fun choreography celebrating the timeless values of sharing, respect, and cooperation. A Target FamilyFun event recommended for ages four and up.

Hot Peas ‘N Butter – Sunday, January 29, 2012 at 2pm
Even if your kids don’t like vegetables, they won’t be able to resist Hot Peas ‘N Butter! This children’s musical group combines an interactive, invigorating approach to performance with multicultural music, blending jazz, R&B, folk, rock, and Afro-Caribbean tunes that will have kids dancing in the aisles. A Target FamilyFun event recommended for ages four and up.

The Beauty of Ballet – Sunday, March 11, 2012 at 2pm
Join students and faculty of the world-famous School of American Ballet (the official academy of New York City Ballet) in this program illustrating the process by which talented youngsters develop into accomplished classical ballet dancers. Children will watch a “class” where training exercises and steps are demonstrated, and also enjoy excerpts from famous ballets. A free event recommended for ages six and up. General admission, no tickets issued.

National Dance Theatre Company of Jamaica – Saturday, March 24, 2012 at 8pm and Sunday, March 25, 2012 at 3pm
Always a Brooklyn Center favorite, NDTC blends the lore, music, and dance of Jamaica, Africa, and the American South with modern and classical forms to create a colorful celebration of West Indian culture. Founded by visionary artistic director Rex Nettleford, this jewel of the Caribbean celebrates its 50th Anniversary with two programs combining evocative new works with favorites from their repertoire and rarely performed pieces from early in the company’s history.

Red Star / Red Army Chorus and Dance Ensemble – Saturday, March 31, 2012 at 8pm
Returning to Brooklyn for the first time since 1998, this spectacular company of 70 singers, dancers, and musicians has thrilled audiences worldwide for decades with their dazzlingly athletic folk dances and traditional Russian anthems, showcasing the culture and pride of its homeland.

Steve Solomon in My Mother’s Italian, My Father’s Jewish, I’m in Therapy - Sunday, April 1, 2012 at 2pm
Twice the holidays! Twice the hollering! Twice the guilt! Join funnyman Steve Solomon as he brings to life a cast of more than 30 characters, inspired by his multiethnic upbringing in Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn. This hysterically funny show is one part lasagna, one part kreplach, and two parts Prozak.

Moscow Festival Ballet: Giselle – Sunday, April 15, 2012 at 2pm
Founded in 1989 by legendary principal Bolshoi dancer Sergei Radchenko, this acclaimed company brings together the highest stylistic elements of the great Bolshoi and Kirov Ballets in its interpretation of Giselle, one of the most dramatic and beloved ballets in the classical repertoire.

John Steptoe’ Mufaro’s Beautiful Daughters: An African Tale
Based on the book by John Steptoe, adapted for the stage by Karen Abbott – Sunday, April 22, 2012 at 2pm
When a great African king desires a wife, only the most worthy maidens are invited to meet him, including Mufaro’s two daughters. Both are beautiful, but does either have the inner beauty of a potential queen? Told through African dance, drumming, narration and song, this story celebrates goodness, generosity, and kindness of heart. A Target FamilyFun event recommended for ages six and up.

Fifth Annual National Grid Earth Day Celebration – Sunday, April 22, 2012 at 3pm
National Grid Earth Day Celebration educates families on how they can play a role in caring for the Earth and creating a more sustainable future. Children and adults alike will enjoy live music, arts and crafts, and street performers at this free community festival, while interactive family activities and educational displays highlight the need for conserving energy, recycling, and having a heightened awareness of the global issues that we face today. A free event for all ages. General admission, no tickets issued.

Roslyn Kind in concert – Saturday, April 28, 2012 at 8pm
“Forget that Roslyn Kind is Barbra Streisand’s kid sister. She is too good – and too special – to have to worry about comparisons.” – Don Heckman, Los Angeles Times. With a successful career spanning all facets of entertainment, from critically acclaimed recordings to sold-out performances on Broadway and in top concert venues and nightclubs the world over, this Brooklyn-born songstress returns home to perform an unforgettable evening of popular song.

West Point Military Academy Band’s Jazz Knights – Sunday, April 29, 2012 at 2pm
As official ambassadors of the United States Military Academy, the West Point Band’s Jazz Knights present the best in big band favorites, popular music, and original compositions and arrangements for jazz ensemble.

Cinderella - Sunday, May 20, 2012 at 2pm
American Family Theater’s award-winning production bursts with excitement, fantasy, and song as it tells the classic tale of a lowly servant girl whose one wish is to attend the royal ball. With the help of her friend Mortimer Mouse and a magical fairy godmother, her dreams come true and everyone lives happily ever after. A Target FamilyFun event recommended for ages four and up.

Multibuy (three or four shows) and Megabuy packages (five or more shows) save up to 15% off individual ticket prices (not applicable to Target FamilyFun shows). Discounts available for seniors, students, Brooklyn College faculty/staff/alumni, and groups. $10 student rush tickets available say-of-show.

Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts
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