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Tickets will go on sale February 1st
Tickets will go on sale February 1st
The Midwest RAD Fest is hosted and supported by Southwest Michigan's oldest professional dance company, Wellspring/Cori Terry & Dancers. The festival is a juried event at the Epic Center in Kalamazoo, MI, featuring the best in modern, post-modern, and contemporary dance from all over the country. No other festival in the region offers emerging, professional, and experimental artists the opportunity to present their work (without financial commitment), opportunities for professional development (master classes, lectures, discussion panels), and free networking events. The call for choreographic submissions goes out in late August, and the 10th Anniversary festival is March 6-10, 2019.
RAD Fest presents live performances, a Screendance film series at the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts, eight master classes, a mediated discussion group, and several different networking opportunities for artists and patrons. The 10th Anniversary is an expanded festival which will include special site-specific performances, a kick-off celebration, and a special "Long Works" performance series. Most visiting artists receive a travel stipend and lodging assistance, and all artists receive free promotional and media coverage. Additionally, RAD Fest offers audience development events (open rehearsals, Q & A sessions, open lectures, interactive performances).
This year’s special 10th Anniversary RAD Fest features the work of over 50 dance makers from all over the world. RAD Fest will present eight different live performances, a Screendance film series at the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts, eight master classes, a mediated discussion group, and several different networking opportunities for artists and patrons. The 10th Anniversary is an expanded festival which will include special site-specific performances and a kick-off celebration.
Kalamazoo Institute of Arts
Come to the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts (K.I.A.) and see the award-winning screendances the jury panel have selected for the 2019 RAD Festival. Admission is free, and audience members will have access to a concession stand. Screendance at the K.I.A. will run about an hour, which will provide plenty of time to catch dinner at a downtown restaurant before heading over to the Epic Center (two city blocks from the K.I.A.) for the 2019 RAD Festival live performances! For information on the selected screendance artists, visit the artist line-up tab.
About the K.I.A.: The Kalamazoo Institute of Arts is a nonprofit art museum and school. Since 1924, the institute has offered art classes, exhibitions, lectures, events, activities and a permanent collection. The institute believes the arts are for everyone, that they inspire, transform, and fulfill. Their mission is to cultivate the creation and appreciation of the visual arts in West Michigan. https://www.kiarts.org/
2nd Floor Atrium of the Epic Center
The closing reception will be held in the 2nd floor atrium of the Epic Center immediately following the las show on Saturday. Local restaurants, caterers, and food vendors will donate their specialty cuisines to provide an ample buffet. A cash bar will be available, and a live DJ will be on hand to spin some tunes. Come to the closing reception celebration and network with the 2019 RAD Fest visiting artists.
Master Classes will be open for registration beginning Feb. 1st. Classes are $15 for an individual class; $70 Full Festival Pass (8 classes including youth classes on Sunday), $60 Friday/Saturday Pass (6 classes), $55 Saturday Pass (4 classes), $24 Friday or Sunday pass (2 classes)
Elizabeth Zimmer, well-known dance critic and former dance editor of the Village Voice, will teach a two-day dance writing workshop. The workshop price will include tickets to the Friday evening performances.
Opening Night 10th Anniversary Celebration
Screendance Kalamazoo Institute of Arts
Discussion Group in the Epic Center
Closing Reception 2nd Floor Atrium of the Epic Center
The Classroom in the Epic Center
The Coffee Hour Discussion will take place in the classroom in the Epic Center located in the basement. Coffee, tea, and light breakfast items will be provided to participants. Participants will engage in a mediated exchange of ideas covering topics like dance pedagogy, arts funding, dance archiving, and more. This discussion is open to dance instructors, students, choreographers, performers, dance scholars, audience members, and anyone else interested in participating.
Sunday will feature the youth performance series and a family- friendly original performance called Becoming Mary: the story of Mary Poppins as a young child.