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Courtesy Sam Polcer CIRQUE THIS, 2010 Courtesy Sam Polcer

Greenpoint’s First Dance Theater – Triskelion Arts

Greenpoint has seen many new artists call it home the past few years. One thing the neighborhood has yet to boast, however, is a performance space dedicated to dance. That’s about to change.

Triskelion Arts recently signed a 10-year lease at 106 Calyer Street, just steps from Franklin Street, with a move scheduled for June.

Triskelion has been providing creative artists with studio space for 14 years. From one small studio in a third-floor walk-up on North 11th Street, by 2009, they had expanded to a total of five studios at the same location, under the leadership of Artistic Director Abby Bender.

“Our [arts] community trusts that we can provide the space and support they need to practice their crafts and to develop and present their projects,” Bender said.

Andrew Dickerson, the Technical Director and Grants Manager explained, “even though dance is our primary market, we also host other disciplines such as comedy, circus and several hybrid performances. We’re also extremely involved with the artists we present and their audiences. We’re like the ‘Cheers’ of theater – where everybody knows your name.”

In January, Triskelion hosted a garage sale and backyard BBQ to engage the community about their move to Greenpoint. “Everyone who stopped by was really interested in our new space and excited to hear we are coming to the neighborhood,” said Bender. “We’re confident that our renters, artists and audiences will follow us there.”

Triskelion’s premiere shows usually run for 2-4 nights on one of its two main stages. The new space will have one main theater, one studio-theater and two additional smaller studios, all of which can be used for rehearsal and class. The new facility will also be much more kid-friendly, and Bender hopes to develop fun, original childrens’ programs to better serve the families of the neighborhood.

In addition to becoming Greenpoint’s first institution dedicated to the presentation of dance, Triskelion also wants to incorporate programs tailored to its new community. The organization plans to reach out and gather input from its neighbors. “I think we’ll have a stronger locally-based audience in Greenpoint because many of the artists and performers we work with live there and also because of our newfound visibility having the theater on street level,” Bender said.

Triskelion is currently fundraising for its big move in June. To contribute, or to learn more about the organization, visit www.triskelionarts.org or www.gofundme.com/triskelionart or contact them at info@triskelionarts.org.

“The transition will be hard,” said Bender. “We’re leaving a place we’ve called home for 14 years. Saying goodbye will be bittersweet, but we’re very excited about the possibilities and growth that our new home in Greenpoint will offer.”

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