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2019 performances & film screenings

Mobile Tour Performance

Wednesday, March 6, 2019 6:30pm—709 W. Lovell, Kalamazoo Institute of Art, Kalamazoo Public Library

The mobile tour performance includes three different site-specific works directed by RAD Fest Curator, Rachel Miller, which will feature various local and visiting RAD Fest Artists. The audience will meet in the lobby of the Kalamazoo Institute of Art, and guides will lead the audience in a performative walking tour from site to site. The tour takes place within a four block radius, so wear good walking shoes and dress according to weather. This performance is suitable for all ages, will run about 75 minutes, and will conclude with the 10th anniversary opening night celebration at the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts.

Long Works Performance

Thursday, March 7, 2019 7:00pm—Wellspring Theater in the Epic Center

This performance will present four works which are each 18-60 minutes long. The entire performance runs two hours with an intermission and includes nudity and adult content. Long Works will include pieces by Nora Sharp (Chicago), Rachel Miller (Kalamazoo), Kent De Spain (Dayton, OH), and J’Sun Howard (Chicago).

Short Works Performances

Friday, March 8 & Saturday, March 9 2019, 7:00pm & 9:00pm—Wellspring Theater in the Epic Center

The Short Works series consists of four different performances. Each performance presents seven works which are 10 minutes or less in length. The runtime for each performance is 60-75 minutes. Most performances are suitable for all ages. However, the Friday 9:00pm concert includes nudity and adult content. Friday at 7:00pm will feature works by Cori Terry (Kalamazoo), Katherine Moore (Columbus, OH), Jennifer Glaws (Mound, MN), Angela Dennis (Huntington, WV), Gierre Godley (New York, NY), Alexandra Stilianos (Chicago), and Nekeshia Wall (Greensboro, NC). Friday at 9:00pm will feature works by Ashley McQueen (New York, NY), Heather Trommer-Beardslee (Mt. Pleasant, MI), Elijah Gibson (Bryan, TX), Dmitri Peskov (Manti, UT), Robin Prichard (Akron, OH), Abigail Elliott (Elizabethtown, KY), and Melanie Swihart (Muncie, IN). Saturday at 7:00pm will feature works by Marisa Bianan/Lauren Donahue (Kalamazoo), Jesse Factor (Slippery Rock, PA), Tristian Griffin (St. Louis, MO), Paris Williams/Blair Smith (New Orleans, LA), Alex Gossen (Louisville, KY), Eric Mullis (Charlotte, NC), and Wade Schaaf (Chicago). Saturday at 9:00pm will feature works by Thank You So Much For Coming (Detroit, MI), Daniel Gwirtzman (New York, NY), Jodie Randolph (Ann Arbor, MI), Jessica Fox (Huntington, WV), Alicia Díaz (Richmond, VA), Jeremy Blair (Kalamazoo), and Ziyao Yu (New York, NY).

screendance at the KIA

Saturday, March 9 2019, 4:00pm—Kalamazoo Institute of Art (KIA)

Come to the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts, which is only two city blocks from the Epic Center, and see the 11 award-winning screendances the adjudication panel and curator have selected for the 2019 RAD Festival. This free-of-charge screening runs about 75 minutes, leaving plenty of time to have dinner at a downtown restaurant before catching the Saturday evening Short Works performances. This screening will have a concession stand and libations on site and is suitable for all ages. Screendance at the KIA will feature films by Daniel Burkholder (Wisconsin), Tomer Zirkilevich/Juan Enrique Vilz (Germany), Liz Sexe (United States), Baptiste Rouveure (France), Congosto Films (Somerville, MA), Richard James Allen (Australia), Mateo Galindo Torres (Toronto, ON, Canada), John Graham (Saskatoon, SK, Canada), Lauren Curry (Indianapolis, IN), Chloe Ilene (Mishawaka, IN), and Janessa Clark (United States).

Youth Performance

Sunday, March 10 2019, 2:00pm—Wellspring Theater in the Epic Center

This performance features 11 works choreographed and/or performed by artists younger than 18 years of age. The show runs about 60 minutes and is suitable for all ages. This youth performance features works by Rooted Youth (Kalamazoo), Stacy Andrew (Granger, IN), Ana Iovino (Bloomington IN), Emily Satbile (Petoskey, MI), Happendance Impulse (Lansing, MI), Tuscarawas Dance Arts Center (Dover, OH), Excel Dance Center (Kalamazoo), Yana Van den Abbeele (Nashville, TN), Michiana Dance Ensemble (South Bend, IN), Abigail Walz (Petoskey, MI), and Lydia Jones (Bloomington, IN).

Becoming Mary Performance

Sunday, March 10 2019, 3:30pm—Wellspring Theater in the Epic Center

Becoming Mary (run-time of 60 minutes), was born out of a collaborative relationship between two choreographers, Susan Koper and Audra Sokol (Professors of Dance at Ball State University), and musician Adam Crawley. The work tells the narrative of a familiar story but goes beneath the glossy veneer of the Mary Poppins story of our childhood to tell a deeper and at times more weighted tale. In this way, the piece provides an avenue into the world of dance for a diverse population including families and children.