Some counter-programming at BAM tonight: "red, black & GREEN: a blues" raises the question, “Why not think of architecture as relevant to the poor?”
Just as the Brooklyn Nets open their regular season, bringing professional sports to the borough for the first time in half a century, the Brooklyn Academy of Music is concluding a savvy counterprogramming offer.Note that Ratner's building subsidized "affordable" housing, most of which is not "low-income." About 20% of the units in each subsidized building would be for low-income households, with 30% for moderate- and middle-income households.
...The academy also has its own sleek new room to show off in its recently opened Fisher Building: the Fishman Space, a flexible black box... that offers the potential for more intimate programming, like Marc Bamuthi Joseph’s charming dance-theater piece “red, black & GREEN: a blues.”
As the primary narrator and charismatic center of this four-person show, Mr. Joseph tells a moseying story about working with neighborhoods in New York, Houston, Chicago and Oakland to build a socially conscious environmental arts festival that helps people of all classes. Performed here after stops elsewhere, the show presents a contrast, if not a subtle rebuke, to the nearby development project, which includes the Barclays Center.
That project’s developer, Bruce C. Ratner, has been widely criticized for a heavy-handed approach and his project’s large scale, use of eminent domain and, as of yet, failure to build the low-income housing he’s promised. Mr. Joseph, in propulsive patter that evokes poetry slams, makes reference to Barclays early on and asks a pointed question: “Why not think of architecture as relevant to the poor?”