Live Performance KoFest 2017 2017-05-21T18:15:04+00:00

PERFORMANCES

HartBeat Ensemble Hartford CT Theater for a Change Jimmy Lorraine

JIMMY & LORRAINE

July 7 & 8 at 8pm; July 9 at 4pm
by TALVIN WILKS
Performed by HARTBEAT ENSEMBLE

Jimmy & Lorraine is a meditation on the American political climate of the late '50s and early '60s through the lens of two significant artists of the time, James Baldwin and Lorraine Hansberry...
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TENSE VAGINA: an actual diagnosis

TENSE VAGINA: an actual diagnosis

July 14 & 15 at 8pm; July 16 at 4pm
created and performed by SARA JULI
A solo show about motherhood — its beauty, challenges, isolation, and comic side revealing “all that is awesome and all that sucks when it comes to being a mother”…
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Ko Story Slam

KOFEST STORY SLAM

Saturday, July 22 at 8pm - One Night Only!
You’ve heard of poetry slams – competitive poetry events. This is one is for first person, true stories – told live and without notes and all on our season theme of “Tactics for Trying Times.” Story Slam Slotting will begin in June, but start thinking of stories that fit the theme…
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BEFORE THE SUN & MOON

Sunday, July 23 at 8pm • SPECIAL ALL-AGES EVENT
The METTAWEE RIVER THEATER COMPANY
Directed by RALPH LEE

Our annual favorites return with the tale of a husband and wife drawn from an ancient Korean folktale and told out under the stars with live music, movement, masks and exquisite puppets, in an atmosphere full of magic and celebration…
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DEATH OF A MAN

DEATH OF A MAN

July 28 & 29 at 8pm; July 30 at 4pm
NEW WORLD PERFORMANCE LAB
Two years ago, NWPL set out on an expedition to understand their hometown’s relationship with rubber. Through the pillaging of natural rubber in the Amazon forests, and the working class citizens who broke their backs building tires – Akron, OH became the "Rubber City." Colombian actor, Jairo Cuesta performs a ritual of storytelling, a sacrifice to heal the city…
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THE SOCIETY OF CIVIL DISCOURSE

THE SOCIETY OF CIVIL DISCOURSE

August 4 & 5 at 8pm; August 6 at 7pm (Note non-standard curtain time)
Created by TEAM SUNSHINE PERFORMANCE CORPORATION and THE PHILLY PIGEON/Jacob Winterstein
An interactive performance event that celebrates the pleasure of passionate debate and provides a safe and fun space to indulge in the practice of oratorical muscle-flexing. The event unfolds in three phases…
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WORKSHOPS

TELLING TALES WITH CRANKIES

TELLING TALES WITH CRANKIES

INES ZELLER BASS
Sandglass Theater
July 3-8, 2017
A crankie is an old storytelling art form that has recently become hot again. A long illustrated scroll is wound around two spools and set into a box with a viewing window. The scroll is…
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Kali Quinn Workshop Ko Festival

COMPASSIONATE CREATIVITY

with Kali Quinn
of the Center for Compassionate Creativity
July 10-15, 2017
What is the relationship between creativity, mindfulness, self-care, and bettering the world? How do you integrate love, work and play? Come jumpstart your creative process and…
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FIRST PERSON: Crafting Your Story for Performance

FIRST PERSON: Crafting Your Story for Performance

with Gerard Stropnicky, Co-Founder, Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble
July 17-22, 2017
Why do some stories – some performances – spark your imagination, set fire to your soul, and leave you transformed, while others just sit there? Is it the content, or the telling? The framing, or the style? Can story be employed to bring laughter, or tears, or understanding, or lasting social change, or…
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2017 Installation

2017 Installation

This year, the KO Festival theme, "Tactics for Trying Times," will be also interpreted through an art installation created by Kali Quinn. This interactive, public sculpture...
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FUNDERS

The Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.
 
The New England States Touring program of the New England Foundation for the Arts, made possible with funding from the National Endowment for the Arts Regional Touring Program and the six New England state arts agencies.
 
The New England Foundation for the Arts' National Dance Project, with lead funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
 
Art Angels
 
The Amherst Cultural Council, a local agency supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.

In addition, we are most grateful to the AMHERST COLLEGE DEPARTMENT OF THEATER AND DANCE, for access to their lovely theater and studios.
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