Art in the Garden: Summer Evenings

Art in the Garden: Summer Evenings

Art in the Garden | Performances

Two Thursdays: August 12 and 26 | 6:30–7:30 p.m.

Celebrate summer at Brooklyn Botanic Garden with music and dance performances on Thursday evenings. Rescheduled due to previous rain cancellation. Free with Garden admission.

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Upcoming Performances

  • A Black man and woman dance ballet on a stage under high contrast light

    Thursday, August 26, 2021 | 6:30–7:30 p.m.
    Cherry Esplanade

    The KaNu Dance Theater company performs a fusion of traditional and contemporary Haitian dance, choreographed by Jessica St. Vil. The choreography explores how we can collectively draw on our strengths to address inequity and injustice.

    KaNu Dance Theater Artist Website

    Presented in partnership with Haiti Cultural Exchange

    NYC Stands with Haiti

    On August 14, a 7.2 magnitude earthquake struck Haiti. If you would like to help, these relief organizations are recommended by the Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City in partnership with The City of New York.

Past Performances

  • A Black man and two Black women in Afro-Haitian clothing smile for a photo

    Thursday, July 15, 2021 | 6:30–7:30 p.m.
    Plant Family Collection

    Journey to the nanm (“soul” in Haitian Creole) of Afro-Haitian dance and become acquainted with the different Iwa (gods) in the vodou religion through their dances, songs, rhythms, and rituals. Featuring live accompaniment, this performance will explore the undulating movements of Yanvalu, the powerful precision of Nago, and the grace and beauty of the Kongo dance—all traditional Haitian dance forms with roots in West Africa and the South American Amazon.

    Afro-Haitian with Julio Jean Artist Website

    Presented in partnership with Cumbe Center for African and Diaspora Dance

  • A mature, stylish black man holds the neck of a stringed instrument.

    Wednesday, July 21 (members only) & Thursday, July 22, 2021 | 6:30–7:30 p.m.
    Cherry Esplanade

    Bassist Eric Lemons performs jazz sets with Greg Murphy (piano), Vince Ector (drums), and Marion Cowings (vocals) on Wednesday, and Samara Joy McLendon (vocals), Keith Brown (piano), and Patience Higgins (sax/flute) on Thursday.

    Brownstone Jazz Ensemble Artist Website

  • A woman with curly hair peeks around a giant leaf.

    Plant Family Collection

    Korn, whose repertoire merges early jazz and other American folk music with Yiddish songs and poetry, is known for her improvisatory approaches and existential skat vocalizations. She is joined by an ensemble of strings and horns and then some.

    Tamar Korn & A Kornucopia Artist Website

    Presented in partnership with Wild Birds

  • A man poses with a parrot on his head

    Thursday, August 12, 2021 | 6:30–7:30 p.m.
    Cherry Esplanade

    Stefan Zeniuk leads the Green Mambo through the joyous music of ’50s-era Latin mambos, rockambos, and danzóns. Appealing to both dancing and relaxing audiences, this band filters their sound of slinky grooves and joyful humor through vintage organ sounds with percussion and horns.

    The Green Mambo Artist Website

    Presented in partnership with FiveMyles


Presented in partnership with Brownstone Jazz, Cumbe Center for African and Diaspora Dance, FiveMyles, Haiti Cultural Exchange, and Wild Birds.

Art in the Garden is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Kathy Hochul and the New York State Legislature.

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