Dear Friends, Colleagues and Artistic Associates, 

This summer's 19th Annual KO FESTIVAL OF PERFORMANCE will offer a season curated on the theme of "IT'S ALL IN THE FAMILY!" — five weeks of shows that take a penetrating and entertaining look at families — both traditional and non-traditional. Join us on the Amherst College campus in Amherst, MA (USA) for a rich examination of the ways we negotiate expectations, identity and legacy. 

For more information on individual productions, or on the special savings that come with our Festival Pass

Would you like to stretch your creativity in a supportive environment? Immerse yourself in art? Meet a really interesting group of people, half of whom are local and half of whom come from all over the country? Join us for one or more of our series of 6-day intensives with expert teachers who are adept at gearing their classes of all levels of experience. Past participants have ranged in age from 18 to 80. At artist pricing! Inexpensive room & Board are also available.

July 13 – 18
DEVISED THEATER: Story Circle & Song as Source
 with Mondo Bizarro Artistic Director Nick Slie (New Orleans), & President of the Network of Ensemble Theaters (NET)

Devised theater is like preparing food from scratch. You choose a recipe, carefully combine often-disparate ingredients, decide upon a cooking method, season to taste and serve. For this workshop, the primary ingredients are personal stories and group singing. 

Stories will be generated using an inviting and surprising process called Story Circles that comes from former Civil Rights activist John O’Neal of Junebug Productions and the Free Southern Theater. We will also explore the dynamic possibilities of the singing voice. Whether you think you can sing or not, whether you think you have a story to tell, this workshop is for you. — A creative voyage that explores the dynamic possibilities of story, song and movement to generate new performance work.

July 26 – 31
EGOLESS ACTORS: A Puppetry Intensive 
with Eric Bass Ines Zeller Bass of Sandglass Theater (Putney, VT)

Sandglass Theater believes that the puppet, as a theatrical medium, unlocks doors to our more secret sides and to integrating parts of ourselves. This includes the worlds of our dreams and memories, as well as all the metaphorical possibilities of theater. Sandglass teaches a method of manipulation developed in over 20 years of workshops in the US and abroad.

Daily sessions will include breath development with relation to puppet performance, training in manipulation technique and its relation to artistic statement, and training and discussion in theory and aesthetics. 

August 2 – 7 
CREATING SOLO PERFORMANCE: Amusing the Muse (or – The Art of Juggling the Truth)
 with world-renowned juggler & solo theater artistSara Felder (San Francisco/Philadelphia)

A workshop on developing performance material from our own lives using objects, character work, monologues and humor. We will write, try on different performance styles, create images, play with objects, investigate characters, consider different narrative voices, find the humor in the pain (and vice versa) experiment, fail, laugh and surprise ourselves. Use this workshop to generate material for a solo performance. Emphasize the use of performance to say something important, and, if we’re lucky, to amuse (or shmooze or cruise) the Muse.

FOR MORE INFORMATION, OR TO DOWNLOAD A REGISTRATION FORM, PLEASE VISIT www.kofest.comNote that there are discounts for members of NET, TCG companies, ATHE, all returning workshop studentsand for all who register by May 20! We also have a limited pool of financial aid.

Some of these workshops are likely to sell out, so reserve your spot today!

Please help get the word out by passing this information along to all appropriate friends, colleagues and students! Apologies for any cross-postings, but some of you are HIGHLY networked individuals!

All best wishes,

— Sabrina
 Sabrina Hamilton
Artistic Director Ko Festival of Performance 

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Ko is funded in part by the Massachusetts Cultural Council; a state agency; the Amherst Cultural Council and individual donors. Please consider joining our list of supporters. You are what makes this work possible!

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