2020: (Di)Visions of America is the title of an upcoming performance work by John Sims, which will be presented as part of the Art of Performance program in the Historic Asolo Theater January 16-18, 2021. This work for the stage incorporates the artist’s responses to social phenomena surrounding COVID-19 and American policing, and dramatizes the pushback on Confederate iconography and systemic white supremacy with Sims’ unique vision for bold reckoning and reconciliation.
Joseph Keckler’s unique brand of performance ranges from operatic vocals to comedy to short videos in which his bizarrely heroic quotidian plots become legendary and virtuosic in their recounting. As an artist in residence at The Ringling, he will work in the Historic Asolo Theater on new music, TV and video projects.
Liony Garcia is a dancer and choreographer based in Miami, Florida. He holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from New World School of the Arts. As a performer, he has worked with BodyTraffic (Los Angeles) performing choreographic works by Guy Weizman and Roni Haver (NL) and Barack Marshall. Liony is currently a dancer in Brigid Baker’s WholeProject. He has worked with director Celia Rowlson-Hall on her latest short film entitled Swamp Lake.
John Sims, a Detroit native, is a conceptual artist, writer and social justice activist, who creates art and curatorial projects spanning the areas of installation, performance, text, music, film and large-scale activism, informed by mathematics, design, the politics of white supremacy, sacred symbols/anniversaries, and poetic/political text.
Curators and staff couldn't help but notice that performance, programs, and visual arts are organically centering around womanhood this spring at The Ringling, with the opening of "Natasha Mazurka: Order Systems" and the premiere of "girlwoman" by Moving Ethos Dance Company.