SEESAW and More Coming Up in The Ringling's 'New Stages' Series
In February, The John & Mable Ringling Museum of Art launched the next phase of its New Stages series with New Sincerity, featuring artists who seek to redefine the parameters of performance and contemporary art.
New Stages, an integral piece in The Art of Our Time visual and performing arts initiative at The Ringling, "brings unique works from genre defying artists," said Steven High, executive director. "Our entire campus is the stage in these performances created in unusual spaces throughout the grounds and galleries. The Ringling is proud to foster an environment where artists can communicate with visitors in innovative ways."
"In New Stages: New Sincerity, each performance group is focused on community with a desire to make performance art accessible to all," said Sonja Shea, project coordinator. "For each performance in the series, The Ringling was able to work with artists who have created meaningful and unique performances that exemplify community and allow the visitor to truly feel like part of the performance."
In March, the series continues with a unique experience from the Institute for Psychogeographic Adventure (IPA). Experiment #42.000 (RINGLING) leads each visitor through a series of personalized performance encounters ranging from the intimate to the spectacular in elaborate experiments that uncover the psychogeographic qualities of The Ringling galleries and gardens. Performers will be from the IPA as well as from the Sarasota community.
The season closes with Captive by Motionhouse. Inspired by Rilke's The Panther, four dancers in a large cage blend dance and aerial work in a provocative consideration of how a human, like an animal, can be plucked from normal life and plunged into captivity.
NEW STAGES SCHEDULE:
by Wise Fool New Mexico
Feb. 17 & 18, 7:30 & 9 p.m.
Museum of Art Courtyard
Stage-side seating $30/$27 for Members
Courtyard admission $20/$18 for Members
Experiment #42.000 (RINGLING)
by Institute for Psychogeographic Adventure
March 16, Art After Five
March 18 & 19, throughout the day
$25 tickets on sale February 14
by Motionhouse April 7 & 8, 2 & 7 p.m.
2 p.m. performance free
7 p.m. performance $15
To purchase tickets, call (941) 360-7399 or visit www.ringling.org/events/series/new-stages.
The Ringling is a center for art, history and learning situated on 66 acres on Sarasota Bay. It is built on the legacy of circus entrepreneur, collector of art and financier John Ringling and his wife Mable.
The Ringling inspires visitors with an acclaimed collection of Old Master paintings, explores with them the diverse cultures and art of Asia, delights them with the story of the American circus, and transports them to the Roaring Twenties during a tour of the magnificent Ca' d'Zan mansion.
The Ringling is also committed to exhibiting the work of an emerging community of living artists that moves beyond traditional practice and features dynamic and engaging contemporary visual and performing arts, including a diverse roster of theater, music and dance.
The Ringling is the State Art Museum of Florida. Affiliated with Florida State University, it is one of the largest university art centers in the nation.