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.
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.
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
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- firstname.lastname@example.org.
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!
Martha and the BIHS Performing Arts Club rehearse some Bollywood dance moves for the upcoming International Festival.
Don’t you wish you worked here?