GoTour Road Show Celebrates Independent Artists, July 8-9

The artists' service organization The Field will celebrate the first anniversary of its GoTour.org website with the GoTour Roadshow, a weekend-long multidisciplinary mini-festival of independent artists from across the country with performances at Performance Space 122 on Friday, July 8th and Saturday July, 9th at 7:30 PM.

In May of 2004, The Field launched GoTour, the first website devoted entirely to serving independent artists. This unique website strives to be a comprehensive map of the national independent performing arts community and serves as a resource for independent artists to take control of their careers, share information and book their own tours.

After GoTour.org's successful first year, The Field decided to present The GoTour Road Show, showcasing ten national and five New York-based independent artists. Selections were made through a peer-juried essay contest in which applicants described what it meant to be an independent artist. Applicants read each other's essays and voted for the ones that best captured the spirit of independent artists and touring.

"The GoTour Road Show features an impressive array of artists from all over the country working in multiple disciplines: theater, dance, music and solo performance. Seasoned artists such as Austin, Texas' award-winning choreographer Kathy Dunn Hamrick or NYC's Parallel Exit Theater appear alongside emerging artists like Carrie Sargavakian, a Seattle, WA dancer/choreographer and NYC movement-theater artist Julie Troost. From a Native American Lesbian monologuist from Hawaii to Miami's multi-ethnic theater group Thelos to the Maria Antonia Project's revival of an obscure 18th century opera to the electro-punk-pop sounds of NYC-based band The Switch, The GoTour Road Show demonstrates the remarkable depth and breadth of creativity in the independent arts community. While the featured artists work in different disciplines and range from emerging to established, all share the experiences and values of being an "independent artist" - creators who don't have institutional support such as consistent funding, touring, or production opportunities," as a press statement describes the show.

The Field was set on its current course in 1987 through the participation of emerging artists who shared common roots in contemporary dance and theater. Meeting regularly beginning in 1986, these artists developed a structure to help each other improve their artwork and counter the isolation that often comes with the territory of an artistic career. Through an organic process of development, a two-part mission emerged. The first tenet was a commitment to serve all artists, regardless of aesthetic, cultural background, or level of development. The second was to remain responsive to the changing needs of the community of independent artists. These two tenets clearly served a prevailing need as The Field has become a thriving service organization, serving more than 2,000 artists each year in 17 U.S. cities.

Performance Space 122 is located at 150 First Ave. in New York, NY. The evening runs from 7:30 PM to 10:30 p.m. with seatings at 7:30, 8:30 and 9:30 PM. Tickets are $10 and may be used for all or part of the evening. Tickets can be can be purchased by calling 212.477.5288 or visiting online at  www.ps122.org.

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