JULY 11 & 24


Afro Brazilian Arts and the Edge School of the Arts (ESOTA) performers. Photos: Courtesy of the artists 


The Parrish Art Museum welcomes the community to two exciting, interactive dance/music performances featuring the groups Afro Brazilian Arts and the Edge School of the Arts (ESOTA). Afro Brazilian Arts presents Brazilian Carnival on Thursday, July 11, and the award-winning children’s dance ensemble from Edge will take families on a journey of music and movement on Wednesday, July 24. At both performances, which begin at 1:30 pm, the audience will observe and engage in dance and music activities with the performers. The shows are free for students and children; and for adults with Museum admission. Reservations are recommended. The Golden Pear Café will be open for purchase of beverages and lunch menu during the performances.

Afro Brazilian Arts’ (ABA) Brazilian Carnival features Brazilian and African music, song, and thrilling dances where the artists fly onto the stage. The ABA Troupe has over 26 years of experience performing for diverse audiences of all ages, and their performances feature the thrilling dances Maculelê, a warrior stick dance from the sugar cane fields of Colonial Brazil; and Capoeira, an acrobatic self-defense and dance developed by Africans brought to Brazil as slaves over 400 years ago. Capoeira incorporates the speed and agility of martial arts while teaching a philosophy of resolving conflict without the use of force.

ESOTA’s children’s dance ensemble presents an interactive performance in which the audience can engage in dance and music activities and play tambourines, shekeres (gourd and bead percussion instruments), djembe drums, and more. An entertaining, enriching means to introduce children to various cultures, the performance comprises dance styles including classical ballet, jazz, African drums, and American tap—plus hip hop songs and dance.

In addition to the afternoon performances at the Parrish, which are open to the public and attended by students and campers from Southampton Public Schools S.T.A.R. program and Bridgehampton Childcare and Recreation Center (BHCCRC), the two dance groups will give morning performances at the Southampton Youth Association ( S.Y.A.) summer program at Southampton Elementary School.

“We are delighted that—through our ongoing partnerships with S.Y.A., S.T.A.R., and BHCCRC—these performances will reach hundreds of local children not only at the Parrish, but throughout our community,” said Parrish Education Director Cara Conklin-Wingfield.


Thursday, July 11, 1:30 -2:30 pm

Afro Brazilian Arts: Brazilian Carnival

Free with Museum admission.

Wednesday, July 24, 1:30 – 2:30

Edge School of the Arts

Free with Museum admission.


The Parrish Art Museum’s educational programming is supported, in part, by Milford D. and Janice B. Gerton; Bobbie Braun/The Neuwirth Foundation; the Institute of Museum and Library Services; May and Samuel Rudin Family Foundation; Long Island Community Foundation; The John J. McDonnell Margaret T. O’Brien Foundation; The New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature; Patricia and David Rung; William Talbott Hillman Foundation; and Town of Southampton. Special thanks to the Art Spirit Foundation. Additional support for the Parrish education programs is provided by the Museum’s annual Spring Flingand Midsummer Party benefit events


Parrish Art Museum

Inspired by the natural setting and artistic life of Long Island’s East End, the Parrish Art Museum illuminates the creative process and how art and artists transform our experiences and understanding of the world and how we live in it. The Museum fosters connections among individuals, art, and artists through care and interpretation of the collection, presentation of exhibitions, publications, educational initiatives, programs, and artists-in-residence. The Parrish is a center for cultural engagement, an inspiration and destination for the region, the nation, and the world.


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