WILLIAMSBURG, BROOKLYN: starting at 7pm on Saturday, community, activism and artists come together to breathe life into the vacant Engine 212 Firehouse, creating an event in the spirit of the rough and raw art happenings, performances and exhibitions that have made Williamsburg a vibrant center of the arts in New York City.
"The People's Firehouse" is a dance installation inspired by the firehouse's history of civil service and its deeply rooted relationship with its community. The dance explores the space's specialized depth and structure, as dancers move through each other and work together to celebrate the firehouse's evolving role in the neighborhood as an arts space, accompanied by violist Brian Thompson playing selected repertory works from composers such as J.S. Bach, Hovhaness, and Benjamin Britten. Nick Yulman will play selected audio stories about Williamsburg from No Bills, an oral history project carried out in conjunction with the North Brooklyn Public Art Coalition. More information about the project is available at http://www.nobillsstories.org/.
The exhibition is free and takes place from 7pm to 9pm, at 134 Wythe Ave. btw. N. 8th and N. 9th Streets in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Performances start on the hour at 7pm and 8pm.
This Series is made possible by: the City of New York for providing access to the site, the NTHCCC Arts Committee: Paul Bargetto (Production Manager), Lise Brenner, Aslihan Demirtas, Melissa Estro, and Jackie Moynahan, countless volunteer’s donated time, equipment, and the artists.
This series is sponsored, in part by the Greater New York Arts Development Fund of the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, administered by the Brooklyn Arts Council, Inc. (BAC) and is also made possible with public funds from the Decentralization Program of the New York State Council on the Arts, both administered in Kings County by the Brooklyn Arts Council, Inc. (BAC).