“We’re in a time of reckoning, of judgment, of debts coming due, of tests to our belief systems and the truths we tell ourselves and each other. Our current, extremely divisive politics have created a dance-a-thon for our inner demons and given permission for outlandish behavior toward each other, women, children, immigrants, other nations, the planet. For all of this, we are all accountable. This year’s festival addresses and embodies, from a myriad of perspectives, the considerations and consequences of action; the responsibilities of satisfaction and power; the crashing wake and forward thrust of time and history; the necessities of human interaction, exchange, and collaboration; and the faith in creative acts that tip the balance towards tolerance, understanding and change.” — KATHLEEN HERMESDORF, FESTIVAL DIRECTOR
Rock e Malta, an evening length, anthropological performance piece by Kim Epifano. Developed in collaboration with an international web of female artists, this interdisciplinary production mixes dance, song/vocalized narrative, and sensory installations involving light, video, smell and sound (serving as participatory, site-specific landscapes) to investigate the ensemble’s immigrant histories, religion’s ability to create walls, and the ruin/re-birth that comes from the collision of old/new.
Collaborators: Allegra Bautista Kim Epifano Cookie Harrist Janine Trinidad Natalie Greene Shaghayegh Cyrous
Other performances include: Amara Tabor-Smith, Fauxnique & VivvyAnne ForeverMORE, Kinetech Arts