Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Nearly three years after Barclays Center opens, a first BAM-arena collaboration (hyped as 3-4 shows a year)

From the New York Times, Color Guard Is David Byrne’s New Project. Yes, Color Guard.
Since Talking Heads broke up in the early ’90s, David Byrne’s eclectic projects have focused on everything from visual art and musical theater to bicycles and gentrification. His latest obsession? Color guard.
...This summer, Mr. Byrne will present “Contemporary Color” in Toronto and Brooklyn, pairing 10 teenage color guard teams from Canada and the United States with musicians including Kelis, St. Vincent, Devonté Hynes and Nelly Furtado.
...A co-commission of the Brooklyn Academy of Music and Toronto’s Luminato Festival, the show will premiere at the Air Canada Center on June 22 and 23. The show will come to Barclays Center in Brooklyn on June 27 and 28, in the Academy’s first partnership with its neighboring arena.

My comment... Interestingly enough, this show--coming in the later part of the third year of the Barclays Center's operation--is the *first* example of the BAM-Barclays collaboration that was hyped in 2011 as "three or four shows a year."

The press release

The press release, in full below, notes that tickets start at $25. It staets:
The engagement marks BAM’s first production partnership with Barclays Center. Located just two blocks from each other, BAM and Barclays Center anchor one of the most vibrant and unique cultural districts in the US.
“Contemporary Color is a perfect example of the kind of artistic partnership that has emerged out of the Brooklyn cultural district, enabling us to deliver extraordinary programming to our audiences in a way that would not have been possible even several years ago,” notes BAM Executive Producer Joseph V. Melillo.
Barclays Center owner Bruce Ratner adds: “Our goal when we opened Barclays Center was not only to bring world class sports and entertainment to Brooklyn, but to differentiate the building by tapping into BAM’s expertise in the global arts scene,” Barclays Center majority owner Bruce Ratner said. “We are delighted to join with BAM in bringing such an artistically driven event to Barclays Center and to continue to build on Brooklyn’s dynamic cultural offerings.” 

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