17th Annual KO FESTIVAL OF PERFORMANCE
Dear Friends, Colleagues and Artistic Associates,
- JULY 11 & 12 We will indulge our palates and awaken our senses with "SEASON" a DARK-DINING PROJECTS a multi-course banquet/performance installation where local foods will be served to BLINDFOLDED guests, set in an olfactory, tactile and sonic landscape.
- JULY 18 – 20 we will think about the politics and pleasures of eating as raised by LightBox's MILK-N-HONEY, a piece that is the result of three years of research and interviews with flavor scientists, farmers, dumpster-diving "freegans," diabetics and many others. All performances will be followed by the AFTER SHOW CAFÉ, a dynamic discussion forum with invited experts.
- JULY 25 – 27 with HEARTS AND TONGUES we will join Temple Crocker & Annie Kunjappy in contemplating humankind's relationship to the natural world and the role the senses play in this sublime, contentious and ever-evolving exchange.
- AUGUST 1 – 3 we will experience the power of song to give us a visceral experience of the control our desires and appetites have over us in SONGS OF HUNGER AND SATISFACTION, a new cabaret by Belle Linda Halpern that will be a funny, intriguing in a profound Jewish-American take on our constant hunger for food, sex, acceptance, and fame – and for true nourishment.
- JULY 13 NANABOZHO, our annual all-ages event with the beloved Mettawee River Theatre Company, performed outdoors with live music and giant puppets
- AUGUST 8 – 10 2/3 – two short plays (Me and Bobby McGee and Lugnuts of the Soul) for three actors by Amherst College's Peter Lobdell.
- July 7 – 12 THE ART OF COLLABORATION: devised theatre and ensemble practice
with Temple Crocker and Barbara Lanciers
- July 14 – 19 FINDING THE THEATRICAL SOUNDSCORE: with voice and non-traditional instruments
with Katie Down
- July 21 – 26 PHYSICAL & EXPERIMENTAL APPROACHES TO CLASSICAL TEXTS
with Ellen Beckerman
- July 28 – August 2 CREATING CABARET: styles, stories & songs
with Deletta Gillespie
- August 4 – 9 FUNDAMENTALS OF PUPPET PERFORMANCE: performer, instrument & score
with Robert Smythe?
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All best wishes,
Ko Festival of Performance
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