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Dance on a grave! Revisit the history of Green-Wood Cemetery through dance

Brooklyn Daily

Just in time for Halloween, Green-Wood Cemetery is coming alive — but don’t worry, it’s no nightmare.

Seven groups comprised of 28 dancers from around the world will spread out across the 478-acre boneyard on the afternoons of Oct. 22 and Oct. 23 for “Dancing Through the Light,” an outdoor performance that aims to highlight the rich and multi-cultural history of Brooklyn — and Green-Wood — through dance.

Dancers from Spain, Italy, Japan, and Korea, and other countries will be stationed at different points — and beside different memorials — and perform a site-specific work.

The two-and-a-half-hour performance includes a piece about immigration at a spot with a clear view of the Statue of Liberty; a Korean folk dance next to a memorial to Irish soldiers who died in the Korean War; and an Argentinian tango, performed beneath the Green-Wood Arch, which has become home to a family of green monk parrots, originally from Argentina.

“I want to use the incredible element of surprise and beauty to bring people into vignettes about Green-Wood,” said Steve Estroff, the cemetery’s manager of education and outreach programs. “It’s culture steeped in history, and allied with nature.”

“Dancing Through the Light” at Green-Wood Cemetery [500 25th St. at Fifth Avenue in Greenwood Heights, (718) 788-7850], Oct. 22, 12 pm and 4 pm; and Oct. 23, 12 pm and 4 pm. $15, for info visit

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