Galapagos has officially set up shop and opened their doors in DUMBO, though a full schedule isn't planned to go into effect until September. The beautiful new space, located between the Brooklyn and Manhattan Bridges on the corner Water and Main Streets, can hold 175 seated and around 230 standing. Director Robert Elmes told us that the new arts space will continue to focus on the cultural ecosystem by hosting "theater, dance, performance art, cinema, puppetry, classical and world music, lectures, literary events and fundraising events for non profits and local cultural groups." There will be no rock concerts, as there were previously at the Williamsburg space. Check out some of what is in store, after the jump.
As for the move, Elmes notes: "We love DUMBO, we’re very excited to be here and given that we were certain we were moving to Berlin, the chance to remain in New York was a godsend. And growing our Williamsburg pond into a 1600 square foot lake, and opening what we hope will be the city’s first LEED certified ‘green’ cultural venue has made us very happy."
Speaking of green, one interesting thing of note about the exterior of the building: the old window area had previously been adorned with some art pieces, but the venue is painting over it. Why? They're planning a vertical grass wall with flowers there. Elmes tells us they also hope to have a green roof by this fall.
- A film series called CineBella!, this Friday (July 18th) there will be a screening of Burnt by the Sun (Russia, 1995, dir. Nikita Mikhalkov) and on Saturday L’America (Italy, 1994, dir. Gianni Amelio).
- A resident program called “frameworks” which is a dance film program curated by Michael Bodel.
- The “DUMBO Kite Flying Society” (first Saturday morning of every month) as part of a children's program. The Society will meet in the Brooklyn Bridge Park, where they’ll make and fly kites.
- A parent/child parallel film series that allows parents and kids to separate and watch age-appropriate movies during the same time-span.