A juggler, a belly dancer, a jazz band, a cabaret singer, fire spinners, maybe a uni-cyclist, oh and don’t forget aerial acrobats.
This is some of the entertainment being planned by the Arlekino Theater Troupe for its upcoming fundraiser at Galapagos Art Space, which is titled Carnevale!. The show, which will feature professional performers, takes place Sunday August 14, from 7 pm to 10:30 pm with all proceeds going towards Arlekino, a non-profit Bensonhurst-based children’s program. Carnevale! was organized in conjunction with Brenner Media Labs.
The Arlekino Theater Troupe is a theater, music and art program for Russian-speaking toddlers ages 4-6, which currently operates out of Marks JCH of Bensonhurst on Bay Parkway. In January 2011, the Blueprint Fellowship, part ofCOJECO awarded founder Jane Tuv the grant which made Arlekino’s first semester possible
. Jane and co-founder Maria Dubinksy would like to continue the program and expand it to include English and Hebrew-speaking children, so they’ve planned an exciting and entertaining show at Galapagos Art Space in DUMBO in order to raise funds.
After a successful first semester, the program received the acclaim of the Brooklyn’s Russian-speaking community, Jewish community as well as other kid and art-centric non-profits. The troupe then developed a summer program which debuted this June.
Unfortunately, Jane Tuv told the Bean, “since our grant has run out, we are no longer able to retain specialists at a good salary and continue to provide our children with high quality materials unless we raise our prices–which, unfortunately, in this economy, is tough for young families.Therefore, my friends and I came up with the idea of hosting a fundraiser to help lower costs for future programs, all while offering the same high quality of product.”
If you’re looking to be entertained and help young people at the same time, you can purchase tickets here.The Galapagos Art Space is located at 16 Main Street in DUMBO. For more details on how to get there, please visit the venue’s website.