The 2012 Roulette season in Brooklyn is about to start, and the new space on Atlantic Avenue, much larger than Roulette's 34-year-old Manhattan location, will be seeing a wide range of unique music, dance, and multimedia performances.
While there have been a few performances this January, Doron Sadja, a spokesperson from
Starting February 1st, , a five day festival of contemporary dance performances by New York-based artists, will be one of the first major dance events hosted by Roulette.
"Since we've been in the new space, we have the capability to do more dance events," said Sadja.
The festival will include three performances each night, each by a different artist. Featured artists will include Diana Crum, Yanira Castro, David Thomson, Bob Eisen, Laurie Berg, Deborah Black, Cori Olinghouse, Ana Keilson, Tess Dworman, Jessica Ray, Clarinda MacLow, Melanie Maar, Julie Alexander, Megan Byrne, and Biba Bell.
Another several day , with Stephanie Skura, an award winning choreographer and director who will be performing in New York for the first time in twenty years. The five day event kicks off with a talk held by the artist on March 13, followed by four nights of performances.
Sadja said that Roulette will generally be hosting more multiple night events and festivals.
"The way that Roulette used to be was one act per night, and every night was different," he said. "So now, there is more opportunity to connect the dots."
One such festival - Xperimental Love Fest - beginning this Valentines day, will bring experimental video art, live music, and more to the space for a five day multimedia festival.
When multiple day events and festivals are not taking place, Roulette will still be hosting events and performances several times a week until June. And Roulette's season seems to hold just about every kind of performance imaginable. Attendees can look forward to the classic and the bizzare, from opera performances and string quartets, to sound artists engaging with architecture and video DJs playing a movie instrument.
"A lot of things are changing, because we were a 74 person theater before and now our maximum capacity is around 600," said Sadja. "We are basically trying to up the ante."