The 12-story grain terminal in Red Hook has witnessed the rise and fall of shipping and manufacturing industries in Brooklyn, and the passing of countless waves of immigrants. It has seen just about everything, but until last summer it had never seen thirty rows of folding chairs and an usher.
Six figures, placed equidistant apart, walk in unison down a street. Another figure emerges from behind to cut a diagonal across the formation. More "bodies" enter this streetscape, joining the flow of motion. Others pause, standing still to check the time, before moving on again.
Modern dance and ballet stalwarts are visiting Brooklyn this fall, but if tickets to William Forsythes Ballett Frankfurt (BAM, Sept. 30, Oct 2.Oct. 5), Merce Cunninghams 50th Anniversary Season (BAM, Oct.16-18), and the acclaimed Suzanne Farrell Ballet (Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts, Oct. 12) are out of your price range, then you might opt for the Third Annual D.U.M.B.O. Dance Festival.