The 2017 New Stages season, subtitled New Sincerity, will host artists who are focused on connecting with their diverse audiences in a thoughtful, though still challenging, way. Each of the New Stages artists seeks to engage audience members as active participants. Project Coordinator, Sonja Shea explains “The focus is on crafting an honest dialogue—a fearless, refreshing vocabulary of responsibility and conviction—which is brilliantly conceived and developed,”
Acrobatic theater artists in the air and on stilts inhabit an ever-changing environment of kinetic sculpture, drawing in, disarming, and instilling audiences with wonder and compassion as they open the door for new ideas in movement and performance.
Each visitor will be led through a series of performance encounters ranging from the intimate to the spectacular in elaborate experiments that will uncover the psychogeographic qualities of The Ringling galleries and gardens.
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.