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.
Performance artists and musicians will use the beautiful burial grounds as the setting for “Angels and Accordions,” a site-specific work gearing up for its sixth year inside the cemetery on Oct. 10.
“We thought it would be really interesting for artists to animate the space and try to provide information in a more performative way,” said choreographer and director Martha Bowers.
“Angels and Accordions” takes the shape of a guided tour as it wends through the historic cemetery, with a guide leading visitors to sites where dancers and singers play angels in tableau vivant style, backed by an original score performed by the Famous Accordion Orchestra.
In addition to the music, visitors get an exclusive look at the historic graveyard, including a rare chance to enter several tombs and catacombs.
Bower told GO Brooklyn that the art piece is both respectful to the Green-Wood’s residents and eye-opening to the audience.
“It’s just miraculous that such a city of the dead just exists within the more animated city,” said Bower, executive director of Dance Theater Etcetera. “It’s such a beautiful place to be quite and reflect on how beautiful it is to be alive.”
“Angels and Accordions” at the Green-Wood Cemetery [Fifth Avenue and 25th Street in Greenwood Heights (718) 768-7300], Oct. 10, noon to 3:30 pm. Rain date is Oct. 11. Tickets are free (though the suggested donation is $10).