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What are you doing tomorrow?

Hopefully seeing Angels & Accordions at Green-Wood Cemetery.  Why?

Photo: Tom Giebel (atomische.com)

Well, for one thing it’s going to be a beautiful day & maybe the last time all year you can see the breathtaking grounds of the Cemetery with such nice weather.

More than that, though- tomorrow is your last chance EVER to see this one-of-a-kind site-specific performance.

Tom Giebel (atomische.com)

For the last seven years, DTE Executive Director Martha Bowers has directed the piece and produced it in collaboration with the Green-Wood Historic Fund.   Part walking tour, part performance, part guided meditation through the beautiful and richly historical Green-Wood Cemetery, Angels and Accordions brings to life a Brooklyn treasure through dance, live music, and design.

Tickets are offered at a discount if purchased in advance, so head over to the DTE site and choose the performance time (12:30pm or 4pm) you’d like to attend.

Angels in the Paper

Photo: Tom Giebel

Photo: Tom Giebel

Ben Muessig of the Brooklyn Paper has a nice little writeup leading into October 10th’s Angels & Accordions.

The Green-Wood Cemetery is the final resting place for more than 560,000 Brooklynites, but it only takes 30 dancers and a troupe of accordion players to make it come to life.

Check out the article for more goodies, including quotes from DTE Executive Director (& Angels auteur), Martha Bowers, and stay tuned to the blog for Angel-y updates as we countdown to 10/10.  If you still don’t know what Angels & Accordions is, head over to the official performance webpage.

Tony’s Take on A&A

At the beginning of my internship with DTE I went to Green-Wood Cemetery to work on Angels and Accordions. The cemetery was so nice. The workers did a really good job keeping the cemetery clean. That was my first time in a cemetery in the United States.

Angels and Accordions is a performance DTE has every year that’s celebrating its fifth year. Before the show starts, Martha talked over the microphone with the audience to thank them for showing up. After that we told them we had a train if they felt like they can’t walk, “so feel free to get in the train.” There were two people holding tall umbrellas- we told the audience to follow them and to stop when they stop and walk when they walk.

The cemetery is so big it took us 2 hours to go around it. When we went around the cemetery we saw the actors as angels. They stayed still like statues. It was so beautiful walking with the people who were playing accordion. Some angels climbed on the trees, some were running on the ground- some angels were in the lake, dancing. I had fun there, I hope next year I see it again.

–Tony St. Hilaire, DTE intern

Blog Torch, continued

Hi blog readers,

I’m Jon. Like Julia said, her time as the media and marketing manager for DTE has come to an end. Very sad. In her final days, though, she was able to give me some great training (or bad training! we’ll find out!) and I’m really excited to work with Martha, Katya, and everyone else in the extended DTE family.

I’d love to hear from you guys- questions, suggestions, comments- anything is welcome. Check out what I’ve been doing. We’re able to relax a little right now, but we have some exciting events coming up. For details/just to say hi, send me an email- jon@dtetc.org.

RED HOOK FEST!

So, who had fun?

Thank you to the weather, thank you to all of our community partners and funders, and especially…THANK YOU for coming!

Don’t forget about all of our volunteers – especially those from South Brooklyn Community High School and Brooklyn International High School!

Check out our first batch of pics!

Hollywood to Bollywood


Martha and the BIHS Performing Arts Club rehearse some Bollywood dance moves for the upcoming International Festival.

Martha Bakes, Too


Don’t you wish you worked here?

Budget Cuts Hit DTE

by Martha Bowers, Executive Director

Spring. A time to feel renewed and hopeful.

This spring is different.

It’s not news that the economy is crumbling. With Wall Street’s troubles, government agencies are trimming back, but the non-profit sectors and school art programs are being decimated. The New York Times reported on February 1, 2008, that the Education Department will cut $180 million in this fiscal year, with an additional $324 million disappearing next year. Effective immediately, school budgets have been cut by 1.75 percent. As stated in the article:

Principals said they were particularly upset because the cuts come in the middle of the year, when they have already hired teachers, planned their schools’ schedules, and promised their students and parents certain perks, like after-school programs.

DTE has successful programs at three Brooklyn public schools. Our arts education programs are not “perks.” They provide services that use the arts to address important issues such as tolerance, conflict resolution and offer alienated youth a much needed community. School principals are faced with difficult choices, and no matter how much they may value our services, these programs will be the first to go.

Around 30% of DTE’s income comes from arts education programs. These programs are funded by the Department of Education as well as private foundations, the New York State Council on the Arts and the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs. All of these organizations are also facing budget reductions.

Combined, the proposed cuts will severely limit DTE’s ability to operate and serve our community. DTE, like many non-profits, already stretches every dollar. Nothing can be cut without reducing services and laying off vital staff.

Short term, the City and State may balance their budgets, but at what cost? More teen crime, fewer students graduating and higher unemployment are just a few of the problems that will increase government costs in the future.

Constituents must contact their local city council member as well as their state and federal representatives to let them know culture and education are not perks. Ask them to consider carefully where they look to trim the budgets and demand that they restore funding to the New York City Board of Education, the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs and the New York Council on the Arts.

ACT NOW — the deadline for the State budget is April 1.

Help Dance Theatre Etcetera continue our programs: DONATE NOW

TheaterWorks Working Hard

Bob and TheaterWorks spent Friday working hard at DTE.

They took a moment to pose with Martha and the dog.

Ready to Audition?


Martha and BIHS Teachers and Staff prepare for the International Festival Auditions.