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College of Visual Arts, Theatre and Dance / News / Archive / Spring 2011 / RIAF 2011

Ringling Museum, Baryshnikov Arts Center Set Stage For 2011 Ringling International Arts Festival

RIAF 2011 - Argentinean Tango

Dance, music and theater artists from Europe, North and South America headline the 2011 Ringling International Arts Festival, October 11-16, 2011 at the Ringling Center for the Arts in Sarasota, Fla. Eight stage productions were announced by festival organizers, The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art and the Baryshnikov Arts Center at the Historic Asolo Theater on Saturday, March 5. This year’s lineup includes Brooklyn Rider; Colin Dunne; Doug Elkins & Friends; Meklit Hadero; Piano Foursome; Soledad Villamil Canta Tangos & Hermanos Macana; Company Stefanie Batten Bland / sbb birdlegs; and The Wooster Group.
 “In collaboration with the Ringling Museum, we look forward to bringing together a group of artists from the world of dance, music and theater to present creative works that reflect the expressive art forms and bold ideas of artists that have made, or are currently making, a name for themselves,” said Mikhail Baryshnikov, the artistic director of the Baryshnikov Arts Center. “Where else but at the 2011 Ringling International Arts Festival can audiences see, just to name a few, a 21st century marching band, an authentic proponents of the Argentinean tango, a new take on Irish step dance, a rare performance of Carl Czerny's virtuosic Quatuor Concertant, as well as a ground-breakingly original interpretation of a Shakespeare play and a classic Rodgers and Hammerstein musical?”

The Ringling International Arts Festival is the result of a unique partnership between The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art and New York’s Baryshnikov Arts Center (BAC).  Now in its third year, the annual festival draws visitors each year to Florida’s gulf coast to see contemporary, innovative work by both emerging and established artists. Over the course of the Festival are also art exhibitions and special events, as well as a host of activities in, and around, the grounds of the 66-acre Ringling Museum estate situated by Sarasota Bay. Previously held over four days, this year’s festival has been extended to a fifth day due to its popularity.
 “The Ringling International Arts Festival has in just two short years gained a loyal following,” said Dwight Currie, Ringling Deputy Director. “Patrons come from near and far to Sarasota/Bradenton to experience this unique festival and the talented artists who are hand picked by the Baryshnikov Arts Center to grace the charming stages and facilities around the Ringling Museum estate. We’re excited by the prospect of seeing familiar and new faces in the audience this year, watching the looks on their faces and hearing what struck a chord with them.”

Photo: Argentinean Tango performed by Hermanos Macana Brothers. Banner: Hamlet by The Wooster Group.

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