The Roulette Theatre at the YWCA of Brooklyn opened its doors on Thursday, December 17 for a very special fundraiser event. The night began with a live drumming performance by some of the YWCA residents and the Gathering Project Drummers with Grace Drums. Some of the performers had never touched a musical instrument prior to a 12 week course (called From Zero to Show) held at the YWCA of Brooklyn, and led by Gabriella Dennery of Grace Drums. The classes serve as a safe space for the women to meet weekly and express themselves through music, while learning the art of Djembe drumming.
The YWCA of Brooklyn was very pleased to also host a special film screening of the award winning film Sweet Dreams by director Rob Fruchtman. The film followed a group of women drummers in Rwanda that created the country’s first ever ice cream shop after emerging from the devastation of genocide. The film brilliantly captures how with help from Brooklyn’s own Blue Marble Ice Cream these women fulfill their Sweet Dreams. Fruchtman was present at the screening and participated afterwards in a Q & A session.
Following the film light refreshments were served, complements of Blue Marble, and those in attendance were invited to enjoy dancing to the sounds of the drum. Ticket sales and donations will all benefit programming at the YWCA of Brooklyn.
For any questions on From Zero to Show 12 week classes, contact Gabriella, at email@example.com.