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Art in the Garden: Summer Evenings

Art in the Garden: Summer Evenings

Art in the Garden | Performances

Thursdays in July | 6:30–7:30 p.m.

Celebrate summer at Brooklyn Botanic Garden with music and dance performances on Thursday evenings. All programs free with Garden admission.

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  • KaNu Dance Theater

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

    Plant Family Collection

    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

  • The Green Mambo

    A man poses with a parrot on his head

    Due to inclement weather, this performance has been canceled.

    Thursday, July 8, 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

  • Afro-Haitian with Julio Jean

    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

  • Brownstone Jazz Ensemble

    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

  • Tamar Korn & A Kornucopia

    A woman with curly hair peeks around a giant leaf.

    Wednesday, July 28 (members only) & Thursday, July 29, 2021 | 6:30–7:30 p.m.
    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


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 Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

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