L Magazine’s lead arts critic Paul D’Agostino talks to Jason Andrew and Julia K. Gleich on Norte Maar’s new home in Cypress Hills / East New York and the bright future for the organization that had previously positioned Bushwick as one of the most important artistic neighborhoods in New York.
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With only a week until opening night, people are already talking about Norte Maar’s original ballet The Brodmann Areas. “You can’t go wrong with so many brilliant artists working together,” says our director Jason Andrew, as quoted by reporter Aaron Short in his preview for The Brooklyn Paper.
The Brodmann Areas, choreographed by our president Julia Gleich, thinks conceptually the gaps and synapses that define the 52 areas designating the regions of the cerebral cortex of the brain. Conjuring a cross-disciplinary vision as Norte Maar continually pursues, Brodmann combines the work of not only a team of dancers, but the visual artsits on set and costumes design. In his piece for The L Magazine, “This Is Your Brain on Dance,” Paul D’Agostino asks, “sounds like a mindful mind-full, no?”
The latest edition of BEAT NITE drew hearty crowds to several familiar spaces and the inaugural group show of AIRPLANE, a newly launched artist run basement space. One of the first crisp evenings of the season didn’t discourage the neighborhood from coming out to take in the concrete triangles of Audra Wolowiec’s installation here at Norte Maar, the insect filled plastic tank included in Rob Andrews solo show at English Kills, and nautical themed musings in Centotto’s group show.
The after party at Bodega was star studded with all the neighborhood favorites in attendance. Lots to drink and some fabulous voguing too. Thanks to all the spaces, all the artists, and our great peeps that made this BEAT NITE one of the best! Anticipation for the seventh installment of this bi-annual neighborhood event is already building.
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Five years of promoting the art scene in the Bushwick community of Brooklyn, Norte Maar is acknowledged in this terrific article by Benjamin Sutton for L Magazine. Read it out here.
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