XFest 2015

Friday February 27-Sunday March 1, FREE
Gateway City Arts, 92 Race St, Holyoke MA

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Open Field Initiative, 119 Gallery and Gateway City Arts present XFest 2015, a festival of improvised music, visuals and movement.

The format of the festival is simple and challenging: on Friday and Saturday nights 24 visiting artists and 72 local artists perform in 24 20min sets, 12 sets per night. On Saturday afternoon we plan to run workshops and open sessions. On Sunday afternoon local artists meet and local groups perform.

“Improvisation can give us the skills to deal with many social and aesthetic issues of the twenty-first century. Although we have become adept at talking about aesthetic hybridity, cultural alerity, crossing borders (both earthly and cyber), and global fusion; few of us have really studied what physical and intellectual practice will make our bodies and minds ready for this brave new world … Improvisation can lead us out of our habitual responses by opening up alternative experiences – new physical sensations and appetites … Although this practice begins with attentiveness to corporeal experience it also develops a mental flexibility that can provide an intellectual map with which to chart new pathways for negotiating awkward and difficult crossings.”
~ Ann Cooper Albright, Taken By Surprise

FRIDAY FEBRUARY 27

  6:00pm – Dinner, meet & greet.

  7:00pm – Videos by Torsten Zenas Burns & Darrin Martin (stage 1)

  7:30pm – Shayna Dulberger, Matt Weston, Mitchel K Ahern, Heather Downing (stage 2)
  7:50pm – David Drucker, Chris Welcome, Andy Allen, Kristen Dye (stage 3)
  8:10pm – Jill Burton, Jack Wright, Adam Matlock, Noell Dorsey, Gregory Kowalski (stage 1)
  8:30pm – Zach Darrup, Arkm Foam, Ben Hersey, Mickey O’Hara (stage 2)
  8:50pm – Alex Pelchat, Jeff Balter, Stephanie Marie Germaine (stage 3)
  9:10pm – flandrew fleisenberg, Scott Prato, Matt Azevedo, Mia Friedman, Steve Norton (stage 1)
  9:30pm – Bonnie Kane, Michael Peters, Joey Bastardo, Forbes Graham (stage 2)
  9:50pm – Brendan Landis, Farley Miller, Conrad Benjamin, James Ham (stage 3)
10:10pm – Steve Norton, Matt Robidoux, Leslie Ross (stage 1)
10:30pm – Evan Lipson, Brian McCorkle, Adam Bosse, Michael F Dailey Jr, Gene Nichols (stage 2)
10:50pm – Al Margolis, Jimmy Hughes, Dave Seidel (stage 3)
11:10pm – Dave Grollman, Andrea Pensado, Vic Rawlings (stage 1)
              – Jenifer Gelineau – mc
              – Robo Rob – dj
              – Jonas Behrs, Gregory Kowalski, Katherine Liberovskaya – video
              – Asimina Chremos, Teresa Czepiel, Loren Groenendaal, Paul Kafka-Gibbons – movement (stage 1)

SATURDAY FEBRUARY 28

11:00am – Brunch

  2:00pm – Movement Workshop with Asimina Chremos (stage 1)
  3:00pm – Improv Workshop with Vic Rawlings (stage 1)
  4:00pm – Improv Workshop with Joe Burgio (stage 1)
  5:00pm – Improv Workshop with Jack Wright (stage 1)
              – open sessions in the green room, signup on site

  6:00pm – Dinner

  7:00pm – Videos by Torsten Zenas Burns (stage 1)

  7:30pm – Farley Miller, Jack Wright, Joe Brown, Emma Jones, John Singer (stage 2)
  7:50pm – Brendan Landis, Al Margolis, Neil Young Cloaca, Christos Koulendros, Gregory Tessier (stage 3)
  8:10pm – Chris Welcome, Nate Brennan, Duane Ingalls, Abdul Sherzai (stage 1)
  8:30pm – Alex Pelchat, Matt Weston, i’d m Theftable, Dei Xhrist (stage 2)
  8:50pm – Dave Grollman, Tom Crean, Kate Lee, Frank Turek (stage 3)
  9:10pm – Farley Miller, Scott Prato, Marc Bisson, Cybile Collins (stage 1)
  9:30pm – Jill Burton, Michael Peters, Rick Breault, Kevin Dacey, David Russell (stage 2)
  9:50pm – Zach Darrup, Andy Crespo, Ted Lee, Angela Sawyer (stage 3)
10:10pm – Bonnie Kane, Evan Lipson, David Kontak, Crank Sturgeon (stage 1)
10:30pm – David Drucker, Matt Azevedo, Nick Dentico (stage 2)
10:50pm – Shayna Dulberger, flandrew fleisenberg, Jenifer Gelineau, Michael Barrett, Steve Norton (Stage 3)
11:10pm – Brian McCorkle, Erich Haygun, Michael F Dailey Jr, Seamus Williams (stage 1)
              – Erich Haygun – mc
              – Robo Rob – dj
              – Jonas Behrs, Katherine Liberovskaya – video
              – Joe Burgio, Asimina Chremos, Teresa Czepiel, Loren Groenendaal, Paul Kafka-Gibbons – movement (stage 1)

SUNDAY MARCH 1

11:00am – Brunch

  2:00pm – ensemble inedit: Joe Burgio’s improvised movement and sound group (stage 1)
  2:20pm – Palimpsest: Laurie Amat, Dave Seidel (stage 2)
  2:40pm – Erich Haygun – monologue (stage 3)
  3:00pm – Oh Canada!: Farley Miller, Alex Pelchat, Walter Wright (stage 1)
  3:20pm – Les Trois Etoile: Duane Ingalls, Gene Nichols, Leslie Ross (stage 2)
  3:40pm – Ben Hersey – monologue (stage 3)
  4:00pm – Jack Wright Group: Jack Wright, Zach Darrup, Evan Lipson (stage 1)
  4:20pm – Phurnne: Andrea Pensado, Jenifer Gelineau, Stephanie Marie Germaine (stage 2)
  4:40pm – i’d m Theftable – himself (stage 3)

This year’s XFest features art installations by Alicia Renadette and Stephanie Marie Germaine.

Open Field Initiative is a support apparatus for new, cutting-edge music and arts. OFI is centered in the Pioneer Valley, provides support throughout the New England region, and is run collectively by practicing artists. 119 Gallery is a non-profit organization that promotes contemporary and new media art. Gateway City Arts is a flexible co-working space for artists and creatives, ideal for making, teaching, and performing art in a variety of disciplines. XFest 2015 is sponsored in part by the Holyoke Local Cultural Council and Massachusetts Cultural Council.

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