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Brooklyn BEAT Festival returns this fall

Emerging Local Artists Bring Adventurous Performance to Eclectic Venues Across the Borough

August 25, 2015 Brooklyn Daily Eagle
Keisha-Gaye Anderson is a Brooklyn-based poet and author who will be participating in this year’s Brooklyn BEAT Festival. Photo: Marcia Wilson, Wide Vision Photography
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Audiences can experience ten days of immersive and experimental theater, dance and vocal performance when the 2015 Brooklyn Emerging Artists in Theater (BEAT) Festival brings its lineup of more than a dozen cutting-edge local artists to intriguing and unlikely venues across the borough. The festival will run from Sept. 10-19.

The BEAT Festival, now in its fourth year, represents Brooklyn artists, venues and art forms. Throughout the festival, works are created and unfold as they take place — an of-the-moment interplay between audience, artist and performance space.

While the vibe that represents Brooklyn may have become identifiable and popularized around the world, the borough remains an ever-changing dynamic place made up of unique neighborhoods and people. That’s something the festival strives to highlight.   

“We step back and take stock of what’s happening in diverse communities around the borough from an artistic, social and economic perspective,” said Stephen Shelley, artistic director and executive producer. “Then we digest the way we see things evolving, and use it to inform the performances. We try to capture the essence through the artists’ work, and push those boundaries further in real time.”

Highlights of this year’s festival will include Opening Night at the Brooklyn Museum, as well as performances at Weeksville Heritage Center in Crown Heights and Manufacture New York in Sunset Park.

The stellar roster of artists includes Keisha-Gaye Anderson, Blacka Di Danca, Brooklyn’s Finest Dance Company, Chinese Theatre Works, Robin Cloud and Friends, Jamal Jackson Dance Company and Dhira Rauch. Additionally, Improv Everywhere is slated to return with its ever-popular Mp3 Experiment.  

There are several free performances; ticketed events are priced up to $20, and a general festival pass is available for $50. For tickets and more information about the festival, visit


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