Art (right) versus Commerce (left)
Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass

10/13-10/15/00 @ DUMBO Art Under the Bridge Festival
3/3/01 @ NuVoLe Dance Theater Benefit
3/22-3/31/01 @ Blue Bridge Vaudville, DTX
4/24/01 @ Phat Tuesdays


Tiny Ninja Theater presents A Brief History of DUMBO began life as "a playful love-letter" (Time Out New York), but it has grown up into something more like hate-mail.

Originally created for the 2000 DUMBO Art Under the Bridge Festival, DUMBO celebrated not only the history of the area, but also the arrival of Tiny Ninja Artistic Director Dov Weinstein in the neighborhood. For, down under the Manhattan Bridge overpass, there were not only beautiful views of New York City, a burgeoning community of artists, and easy access to the F train, there was space enough to collect, build, and house all the Tiny Ninja Theater productions and performers. All at a rent the ninjas could afford.

Then, on December 15th, 2000, everything fell apart.

On that fateful day, the New York Buildings Department arrived on the scene and, in a move of questionable legality, forced 60 people and hundreds of tiny plastic ninjas into the streets. Residents were given two hours to pack up and get out. All this on a frozen Friday night in December.

Needless to say, the show has been changed to reflect the new realities.

For more information on the eviction, visit D.U.M.B.O. Direct. or The Brooklyn Live/Work Coalition.

Tiny Ninja Theater presents A Brief History of DUMBO premiered on October 15, 2000 at the Dumbo Theater eXchange as part of the 2000 DUMBO Art Under the Bridge Festival. The "eviction" version of the show debuted at the NuVoLe Dance Theater Benefit on March 3, 2001, then returned to the Dumbo Theater eXchange on March 22 for a two-weekend run with the Blue Bridge Vaudville. The show played its final performance as part of Phat Tuesdays at The Galapagos Art Space on April 24th, 2001.

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