TO PARTNER ON ARTS ENGAGEMENT INITIATIVE BETWEEN CUBA AND USA MADE POSSIBLE THROUGH $215,000 GRANT FROM ROBERT STERLING CLARK FOUNDATION
Linda Shelton, Executive Director of The Joyce Theater
Foundation, and Karen Brooks Hopkins, President of the
Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM), announced today that The Joyce and BAM have received a generous grant from the Robert Sterling Clark Foundation in the amount of $215,000 over two years which will support a special initiative designed to promote international arts engagement between Cuba and the United States. Encompassing arts administration training, internship opportunities, dance production, public performances, and audience engagement, the project will be undertaken in partnership with the Ludwig Foundation of Cuba and the New York City-based choreographer Ronald K.
The first part of the project, taking place in February 2013, will focus on professional development and will
feature an intensive four-day seminar in Havana in which Joyce and BAM staff members will act as session leaders for Cuban arts professionals selected by the Ludwig Foundation. Four of the seminar participants will subsequently be invited to New York City during fall 2013 and spring 2014 to gain additional experience through internships at The Joyce and BAM. A second component of the project will enable choreographer Ronald K. Brown to travel to Cuba in April 2013 and March 2014 to select and then create a new work for a Cuban dance company that will be performed at The Joyce Theater in May 2014.
The Cuban dance company will also benefit from a production residency that will be shared with Mr. Brown and
his company, Evidence, A Dance Company, at The Joyce Theater. “I am excited to work on the Cuba project,” stated Ronald K. Brown. “I had an amazing time when I went to Cuba in 2001 and had the opportunity to meet some artists, so I am grateful for this awesome opportunity.”
Funded by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the production residency will give both companies full access to the stage and the services of The Joyce’s stagehands to finalize technical aspects of their work during the week prior to their public engagements. Operating within the parameters of U.S. laws, the Cuban dance company will be presented in a one-week engagement at The Joyce Theater, followed by a one-week engagement by Ronald K. Brown/Evidence, A Dance Company.
“The Joyce has a significant history of involvement with Cuba and its thriving dance community, and I am
extremely grateful to the Robert Sterling Clark Foundation for making it possible for us to continue our relationship by working with BAM and our partners to encourage the development of Cuban artists and professionals,” stated Linda Shelton, Executive Director of The Joyce Theater. And BAM President Karen Brooks Hopkins said, “BAM and the Joyce worked together on the fantastic ¡Si Cuba! Festival in 2011. This new project allows us to forge even closer connections with the amazing range of artists and arts professionals in Cuba.”