Heart-pounding rhythms, precision choreography, a thought-provoking storyline, and a megadose of energy and enthusiasm. That’s what audience members experience with Brooklyn United Live: The Evolution of a Dream at La MaMa Experimental Theater Club at 66 East 4th Street, New York.
Brooklyn United Music and Art Program’s mission is to provide inner city youth aged 5 to 21 with a positive marching band experience, while promoting students with academic support, character development, skills building and performance opportunities. The program offers after-school and Saturday programs, as well as summer camps for kids.
In “The Evolution of a Dream,” drummers and dancers ranging in age from 5 to 17 told the story of what happens to the dreams of victims of sense violence. The Brooklyn United drum line demonstrated their impressive percussion skills in combination with complex choreography. The dance troupe also showcased their wide range of talent, from modern dance routines to more classical ballet-inspired pieces. Visual backdrops supported the music and dance pieces, moving the story line along. Video clips also told the history of Brooklyn United. We were inspired by the passion, discipline, and confidence of the performers.
Brooklyn United Live: The Evolution of a Dream was realized by Tyrone Brown (Executive Producer and Co-Director), Renita Leonce (Associate Producer, Co-Director, and Visual Art), Tylie Shider (Text), and Dara Adams (Choreographer).
Although shows at La MaMA conclude on March 3rd, 2019, audiences can also see Brooklyn United at at “Battle in the Apple” on March 16th and 17th, 2019 at Nazareth High School, 475 East 57th Street, Brooklyn, NY. The Bands and Drumlines competition will be held on March 16th – doors open at 10 am, show starts at 11 am. The Dance Battle Part I will be held on March 16 – doors open at 4 pm, show starts at 5 pm. The Dance Battle Part II will be held on March 17 – doors open at 11 am, show starts at 12 noon.