Below is a highlight of upcoming events.(Date headings are color- coded to match event types)
Dance residency intensive grades K-5:
P.S. 12/Dr. Jacqueline Peek Davis School, 410 Howard Avenue, Brownsville, Brooklyn. For details see www.circuitproductions.org or Council Member Darlene Mealy @ firstname.lastname@example.org.
Symphony Space CAP – Curriculum Arts Project – African Studies:
African drum/dance workshop, featuringCharles Moore Dance theatre featuring Jerbean Gilkes and drummer.
For details see www.symphonyspace.org
Holiday Events with Sara Peattie and the Puppeteers Cooperative. The more than 7’ feet tall puppets will delight the audience at a Tree Lighting Ceremony on Saturday from 3:00-8:00pm. On Sunday join the fun with the puppets at the Taunton Holiday Parade.
Taunton, Mass. For more information go to: www.puppeteerscooperative.org.
"Rain Play" with Storyteller Javaka Steptoe and tap dance artistMichela Marino Lerman. At Central Library, Brooklyn, Stephen S. Dweck Auditorium.
Circuit Productions can foster collaborations between schools and some of New York City's most engaging arts professionals, as well as train educators to work more effectively with existing school artist-in-residencies. Our program offerings include: Lectures and Workshops, Assembly Programs, Artist Residencies and Staff Development.
Email or call us at 718-638-4878 to explore the different ways American art forms can be integrated with your History, Arts or Language programs.
Learn more about our ongoing Arts In Education (AIE) workshops and performances
CASA at PS 12, May 15, 2013
photo c. Paul Handelman
Circuit Productions Inc. (CPI) is supported, in part, with public funds from New York State Council on the Arts, A State Agency, and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs.
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For press and publicity please contact:
Serena Rockower, Bookings/ Outreach at Circuit Productions, Inc.
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Circuit Productions Inc. (CPI) continues to provide free community access to Jazz and Performing Arts despite shrinking budgets.
Some Upcoming events will feature:
Jerbean Gilkes will perform with Charles Moore Dance Theatre
Sara Peattie and the Puppeteers Cooperative
Storyteller Javaka Steptoe
Tap Dance Artist Michela Marino Lehrman
About Circuit Productions, Inc. (CPI) Founded by Executive Director Susan Goldbetter in 1986, Circuit Productions, Inc. is a non-profit organization dedicated to the promotion, production and preservation of the uniquely American art forms of Jazz and Tap Dance. Our mission is to inspire, entertain and educate underserved audiences in New York through performances, public classes, workshops, and arts education programs featuring senior and emerging artists who are living legends of the city's rich tap, jazz and world music/dance history. Annually, Circuit provides booking and management services for these artists; placing them in schools, museums, public libraries, community-based organizations, local colleges, senior centers, hospitals and nursing homes. Since 1990 Circuit has been providing arts education programs in public schools throughout the five boroughs.
Public funds for Circuit Productions, Inc. are made possible from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the New City Council; in addition, support made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.
For press and publicity please contact:
Serena Rockower, Bookings/Outreach at Circuit Productions, Inc.
635 Carroll Street, Ste. #2, Brooklyn, NY 11215
HOLIDAY GREETINGS FROM CPI!!
SWING INTO DONATING THIS SEASON
As 2013 nears its close we thank all of you for your continued support! Circuit Productions Inc., (CPI) has been honored and committed to producing quality entertainment for more than 25 years. This year, once again, we reached our programmatic goals and are determined to meet our fundraising goals – which keep all of our programs in motion. When the great recession hit, our annual budget took a devastating turn when we lost 33% of our funding. We were not unusual given how the recession of the last few years affected so many organizations. It severely impacted CPI as we are a small organization, and every penny lost meant less work for our senior artists as well as less programs for our arts-in-education programs.
We are happy to report that during the past four years, CPI have been slowly but steadily recovering and rebuilding from that difficult time. None of this would have been possible without your ongoing support. Therefore, we urge you to join us for this year’s “online” holiday fundraiser! DONATE NOW to keep quality programs and cultural arts resources available for families, seniors and youth.
CPI promotes and presents the work of emerging and established world renowned artists who range in age from eight to ninety-eight years old (including senior citizens). Always free to the public, CPI’s productions have featured a mix of music, dance and live performances and have served more than 6000+ constituents annually throughout NYC with the following programs:
● Curated FY 2013 performances of the legendary Harlem Blues and Jazz Band, Orlando Marin – The Last Mambo King and the tap dance company led by Michela Marino Lerman at Central Park’s 20th year celebration of the Harlem Meer Performance Festival
● Provided hands-on residencies in Swing, Early Jazz and Latin dance to underserved Brooklyn communities including the highly competititve CASA FY13 – Cultural Afterschool Adventures grant
● Continued its goal to provide intergenerational programming in schools, senior centers, colleges, museums, and libraries in NYC
● Secured multi-year state and city funding for senior and emerging artists to provide local communities with free performances of CPI’s annual performance series including World Beat and the Tap and Jazz Masters
Without your support and generous contributions none of this work would be possible. Be a part in helping us sustain these vital arts for all. Celebrate education while KEEPING CULTURE ALIVE. End the year with a donation to Circuit Productions.
Keep Swinging to the Beat as you experience peace, joy and prosperity in the coming year.
Susan Goldbetter, Executive Director and the Staff and Artists at Circuit Productions
Cookie's Harlem - A Tap Dancer's World, is a collection from the legendary tap stylist Charles "Cookie" Cook. The exhibit preserves a vibrant moment in the history of jazz and lends itself to adaptation to specific sites.
Download an article about the exhibit published from the magazine "On Tap".
Contact us for bookings and more information about the exhibit.
“Mr. Cook, who was born in Chicago, began performing in vaudeville as a child with Garbage and the Two Cans and with Sarah Venable and Her Picks, working with that act into 1929. The following year, he and Ernest (Brownie) Brown formed Cook and Brown, performing as a headline act in vaudeville theaters throughout the United States and in Europe. The two were known for their blend of tumbling and acrobatics with dancing and sly comedy. They first performed together in 1930 at the College Inn in Chicago, and opened four years later at the Cotton Club. Knockabout Style” – Jennifer Dunning NY Times
Susan Goldbetter, Executive Director of Circuit Productions, Inc. had the pleasure of working as a producer with
"Cook and Brown" during live performances;
"Dancing All Over the World" (1989 Museum of Natural History), video documentary "Cookie's Scrap Book", (1986) and mulit-media exhibits (after Charles Cook's death) at Brooklyn's Central Library, (1992), Metro Tech (1993), and The Museum of the City of New York (1994-95).
Ernest "Brownie" Brown brought joy to thousands of people. He will be sorely missed!