Now this is ballet, Brooklyn-style

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The name may be Brooklyn Ballet, but the game is fusion.

“From Baroque to Hip Hop,” the company’s new production running at its Downtown space from March 3 to 13, shows the evolution of ballet, from its roots in the French court to its genre-bending reimaginings in the 21st century.

The program features obscure dances from the Baroque era, some presented for the first time in more than 150 years; representations of ballets from the 19th and 20th centuries, including work by George Balanchine; and the world premiere of “Close to You,” a new piece by Brooklyn Ballet Artistic Director Lynn Parkerson that unites ballet and hip hop dancers, forgoing tutus for graffiti-scrawled costumes by ymx and yellowman.

“We’ll be experimenting with mixed-movement fusion, reviving rarely seen ballets and paying homage to the great George Balanchine,” said Parkerson. “What could be better?”

“From Baroque to Hip Hop” at the Schermerhorn [160 Schermerhorn St. between Hoyt and Smith streets in Downtown, (718) 246-0146], March 3-13. Tickets $25 ($15 for students and seniors). For info, visit

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David from Boerum Hill says:
This sounds like a great performance. And right in downtown Brooklyn.
Feb. 26, 2011, 6:19 pm
Karen from Boerum Hill says:
I've seen this company perform and they are truly wonderful...a real Brooklyn treasure!
March 2, 2011, 10:40 am

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