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Watch Free Ballet and See Art Installations at Brooklyn's Community Gardens

By Camille Bautista | September 2, 2015 3:03pm
"Take Ballet to the Streets" comes to two Bed-Stuy community gardens on Sept. 9 and 10.
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BROOKLYN — The Brooklyn Ballet Company is taking its art outside next week as part of a series of performances in the borough’s community gardens.

Ballet and hip-hop dancers come together at Bed-Stuy’s Garden of Hope and Target Community Garden to bring free shows to the public on Sept. 9 and 10.

For its second year of “Arts in the Garden,” the New York Restoration Project partners once again with the Brooklyn Academy of Music.

“We’re doing this under the belief that you don’t have to go to Downtown Brooklyn to see good art,” said Corey Croughn, public events manager for NYRP.

The Brooklyn Ballet Company has been featuring its work for free at local centers, parks, waterfront piers and museums for more than 10 years as part of its “Take Ballet to the Streets” initiative.

“It’s all about providing access so that people encounter ballet in unexpected places,” said Lynn Parkerson, artistic director for the group.

“We think it’s made a big difference in our community and attracts new students from all over Brooklyn.”

Other participating venues hosting performances include Gowanus’ Gil Hodges Community Garden, where arts organization LEIMAY will showcase string installations and use dance, theater, music and light as part of a sunset production on Sept. 3 and Sept. 5.

The “Arts in the Garden” final event will be held on Sept. 26 at Bed-Stuy’s Garden of Hope at 392 Hancock St. As part of the Elders Share the Arts program, where participants can learn about group story crafting.

For more information on event details and a full calendar listing, visit the NYRP website here.