Modesto Flako Jimenez & Oye Group: ¡Oye! For My Dear Brooklyn [World Premiere]

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“Listen to the beats / The rhythm of my Bushwick streets.” Brooklyn impresario Modesto Flako Jimenez conjures his beloved borough in this bilingual elegy, told through poems, projections, and music. With lyrical brilliance and irreverent play, ¡Oye! For My Dear Brooklyn complicates our perceptions of race, language, and gentrification and calls us to be truly present to ask the question: “What is my moral worth?”

This performance contains mature content.

“The bilingual element is not the most distinctive aspect of the show. That would be the bicultural fluidity so central to many immigrant New Yorkers. Mr. Jimenez, tall and rail-thin, moves with understated elegance and confidence, and his text exhibits poetic flow and a culturally omnivorous unruliness.”

– Elisabeth Vincentelli, “Review: Hopscotching Between Worlds in ‘My Dear Brooklyn’,” The New York Times

¡Oye! For My Dear Brooklyn by Modesto Flako Jimenez from Abrons Arts Center on Vimeo.