The Kids Cafe
Festival 2002 begins on Jan. 18 at 8 pm with a benefit performance
featuring choreographer Doug Varone’s "Strict Love."
The acclaimed choreographer formed his dance company in 1986
and has since created more than 30 pieces for them and been awarded
a Guggenheim Fellowship and five New York Dance and Performance
Varone’s work is known for its vivid musicality and daredevil
physicality, so Dancewave’s Kids Company’s performance of "Strict
Love" promises to be an evening to remember. Taught to the
young dancers by Varone company members Eddie Taketa and John
Beasant, "Strict Love" is set to radio hits of the
1970s. Varone is scheduled to be on hand to discuss the work,
and there will be a champagne-dessert reception following the
performance. Tickets are $50.
On Jan. 19 and Jan. 20 at 3 pm, 150 kids from all over New York
City will converge on the Brooklyn Music School and Playhouse
stage. This "celebration of Afro-Brazilian culture"
is hosted by Ogans, a troupe of musicians and dancers. Sarah
Outhwaite (pictured) will give a solo performance as part of
the Jan. 19 program. There will also be dancers from the Harkness
Youth Ballet, Ballet Hispanico Studio Ensemble, Brooklyn Arts
Exchange and Berkeley Carroll School.
Kids Cafe Festival is a program of Dancewave Inc., a not-for-profit
arts and education organization founded in 1979 by executive
and artistic director Diane Jacobowitz.
Festival tickets are $15 adults, $10 kids. All performances take
place at the Brooklyn Music School and Playhouse, 126 St. Felix
St. For reservations, call (718) 622-2548.
Updated 4:00 pm, November 10, 2010