Singing Winds, Inc.

The Singing Winds:  Storytelling from Around the World project is now incorporated as a not-for-profit organization!

The initial Board of Directors will be Nadine Myers-Guilloteau, Parent Coordinator at PS 230 serving as President; Jacqueline Reinier, Singing Winds Project Director serving as Treasurer; and Cynthia Fortozo, Cultural Advisor and Teaching Artist serving as Secretary.

Thank you to everyone who has supported Singing Winds since its inception in 2011.  We are so excited to enter this new chapter of our story!

The Lions and Dragons Dance

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The Singing Winds presents “The Lions and Dragons Dance” featuring the PS 230 Lion Dancers and Puppeteers.

2013 is the Year of the Snake!  Come celebrate the Lunar New Year with shadow puppets, Lion Dancing, and stories from China.  Narrated by fourth grade students at      PS 230, this special evening of folktales and martial arts will introduce you to legends and traditional customs associated with this ancient celebration.

Recommended for all ages!

$ 2.00 suggested donation

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. for crafts and activities.

Where:  PS 230 auditorium, 1 Albemarle Street

When:  Friday, February 8 at 7:00 p.m.

Hajitek Majitek

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The Singing Winds presents “Hajitek Majitek” featuring Hafida Torres, Jill Reinier and Gnawa Maalem Said Damir.

Come hear the stories and music of Marrakesh!  Hear the tale of Haina and her brother, who transformed into animals and back again.  Find out what happened to the four little goats when the wolf learned to speak in their mother’s voice.  Revel in the sounds of Gnawa music filled with percussive energy and the sweet melodies of the hajhuj.

Recommended for all ages, this program features traditional costumes, music, folklore, and crafts.  Stories will be told in Arabic with English translation.

$ 2:00 suggested donation

Doors open at 10:30 a.m. for crafts and activities.

Where:  PS 230 multimedia room, 425 McDonald Avenue

When:  Saturday, January 12 at 11:00 a.m.

The Rabbit in the Moon

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The Singing Winds presents “The Rabbit in the Moon and other Aztec legends,” written and directed by Cynthia Fortozo.

When people in ancient Mexico looked up at a full moon, they saw the outline of a rabbit in the gray patterns of its face. When they looked at the mountains surrounding their biggest city, they saw silhouettes of people forever frozen in time.

Come hear the stories of how these things came to be, in a giant puppet pageant featuring dancers from the Ballet Folklorico Quetzalcoatl and the PS 230 puppeteers!

$ 2:00 suggested donation

Doors open at 6:15 for crafts activities and refreshments!

Where:  PS 230 auditorium, 1 Albemarle Road

When:  Friday, December 7 at 7:00 p.m.

De Caribbean Potporri

Singing Winds presents De Caribbean Potporri, with Euston James, storyteller

A little bit scary and a lot of fun! Come celebrate this Halloween season in the spirit of the Islands.  Hear the stories of La Diablesse and Les Douens, spirits who walk in the Caribbean night.  Enjoy the music and dance of Trinidad and Tobago.  Create a diya out of clay to light up your nights and keep darkness away.

Wear a costume if you like!  Face-painting before the show!

$2.00 admission

WHERE: PS 230 multimedia room, located at 425 McDonald Avenue.                       nearest subway – F train (Church Avenue exit)

WHEN:  October 20, 2012 at 10:00 a.m.

Peddlers

The Singing Winds: Storytelling from Around the World presents the international folk ensemble Holubka in “КОРОБЕЙНИКИ” (“Peddlers”), an evening of song, dance and folk customs from Russia and the Ukraine.  When the peddler visits their village, the girls dream of their wedding.  Share their joy as they celebrate Ivana Kupala with dance, music, traditional customs and the shared hope of a happy, bountiful future.

$ 2.00 admission

Doors open at 6:15 for pre-show crafts, games and refreshments.

WHERE: PS 230 auditorium, located at 1 Albemarle Street at McDonald Avenue.  nearest subway – F train (Church Avenue exit)

WHEN: September 28, 2012 at 7:00 p.m.

Thank you, State Farm YSA!

We are proud to announce that the Singing Winds at PS 230 – Storytelling and Literacy Project has received a State Farm Good Neighbor Student Achievement Grant.  5th grade teacher Robyn Waters will be conducting an oral history project with her students to investigate the expectations and experience of public education in a multilingual immigrant community.  Students will seek out stories about school in other places and other times, and create a video documentary reflecting their investigation.  Along with the video, students will create a presentation, “Preparing to Learn,” to promote storytelling and reading aloud with preschool children as an important practice to develop readiness for school.

Thank you, State Farm YSA!

Buddhu Bhutum: a Bengali Fairy Tale

Buddhu Bhutum: a Bengali Fairy Tale 

Performed by the young dancers of the Bangladesh Institute of Performing Arts (BIPA), Bhuddhu Bhutum transports us to the enchanted land of Bengali fairy tales with colorful costumes, and traditional music and dance.

Come watch the adventures of Buddhu and Bhutum, the owl and monkey princes, as they rescue the beautiful princess Shukh Pakhi, trapped in an underwater palace.

In celebration of the Bengali New Year 1419, the performance will also include a Dance of Joy and Festivity, by students from the Bengali Dance Class at PS 230.

$ 2.00 suggested donation

WHERE: PS 230 auditorium, located at 1 Albemarle Road at McDonald Avenue. Brooklyn. nearest subway – F train (Church Avenue exit)

WHEN: April 20, 2012 at 7:00 p.m.

Native American Song and Dance at Columbia University

I’ve enjoyed your recent events including your program on March 23, 2012 featuring the Redhawk Native American Dancers. I thought I would take a moment and share with you an event taking place on the Columbia University campus on Sunday, April 15th  – The Native Student Council’s 2nd Annual Columbia University Powwow. The event is open and free to the public. Here is the link to the event page on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/401323446548091

Also, if you would like to consider supporting these students and their programs, donations can be made at this link: https://www.wepay.com/public/view/1957098

Thank you so much and continued success with your programs.
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