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Art of Performance

Art of Performance

The Ringling’s Art of Performance program is a year-long multidisciplinary series that features a wide range of performance practice in the Historic Asolo Theater and other venues throughout The Ringling’s campus.  While current programming the Historic Asolo Theater is on hold until further notice, we are working hard to bring programming back to our stage safely.

Through public performances and engagement programs with artists in the Historic Asolo Theater and beyond, the Art of Performance integrates and reflects The Ringling’s values of inclusion, inspiration, and excellence.  We embody these values through diverse and culturally significant programming, community dialogues and arts education opportunities with visiting artists, and through the support of creative processes by Florida artists, and national and international performance makers in developmental residencies.

In the coming months, we will be announcing 2020-21 Art of Performance offerings, and look forward to providing you with inspiring, diverse and culturally relevant programming in the hopefully not too distant future.  At this time, the Historic Asolo Theater remains closed for visitation, however Box Office staff is available to assist you at 941.360.7399 or in person from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Kotler-Coville Glass Pavilion.

The Ringling's 2020-2021 Artist in Residence Program


Joseph Keckler

Joseph Keckler, April 28-May 8, 2021

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.

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Rosie Herrera and Leah Verier-Dunn, 2020-2021

Long time dance-makers and collaborators Rosie Herrera and Leah Verier-Dunn (Sarasota’s own!) remix their decade-long relationship creating and performing choreographies together in an ongoing creative residency at The Ringling.  In October 2020, they embarked on research for a new work in the Perret Performance Studio, and will have dedicated work time scheduled throughout 2021.  Stay tuned for artist talks and work-in-progress updates from these two extraordinary women of dance. Learn more


Corporeal DecorumLiony Garcia, Nov 30-Dec 13, 2020

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. Learn more 

Randy Valdes Headshot

Randy Valdes, Oct 5-12, 2020

Randy Valdes crafts films that challenge and inspire introspective and philosophical reflections. A film, like any work of art, should provoke thought and promote a deeper understanding of the human condition. His background as a Director of Photography is an essential part of his work as a film director, using cinematography to cultivate an atmosphere that is powerful and purposeful.  He has been fortunate to premiere work at The Sheffield International Documentary Festival, Tribeca Film Festival, and SXSW FilmFest, and been screened at Hot Docs – Film and Music Series, ScreenDance Miami Festival, and he won best documentary in XicanIndie FilmFest. Most recently, his first short film was acquired by HBO for national distribution and he is soon to premiere his latest film project, Petra. Learn more

John Sims
John Sims, September 11-20, 2020 

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. Learn more


The Ringling is not only a center for the presentation of live performance in public events, but also an incubator of new creative projects by living artists of all disciplines. The Art of Performance hosts artists-in-residence in the Perret Performance Studio in which choreographers, composers, circus artists, theatre makers and other practitioners can test ideas, experiment with new artistic language and invest in the performance of tomorrow. We know that working artists need space and time to work, and that institutional support for creative endeavors feeds the ecology of this cultural landscape. As a public museum committed to access, inspiration and innovative ideas, we make space and time available to individual artists and projects annually.

Spotlight Florida! is one of the initiatives that honors the ongoing performance makers creating and residing in Florida. Each season, The Ringling will support or present a project by a Florida performing artist. This support may take the form of residency time, public presenting of finished work or a full commission of a new performance piece. 

Explore past Art of Performance events