Many national and international artists were in Sarasota to perform for thousands of anxious attendees who, just like me, were dying to experience the acclaimed Ringling International Arts Festival, celebrated from Oct. 10 to 13. This partnership between The Ringling Museum of Art and the Baryshnikov Arts Center in New York City has resulted in a very well-curated and exquisite showcase of talent. India was well represented this year through the dance presentation of “Shiva Ganga” by Shantala Shivalingappa. The performance took its roots from the customs and religious heritage of Shantala’s [...]Read more ›
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As my husband and I watched the fireworks exploding overhead in the museum courtyard during the Ringling International Arts Festival (RIAF) closing night, I thought about the festival’s impact on our community. Several years ago, Sarasota Ballet Director Iain Webb told me of the move to create a major arts festival for Sarasota when I interviewed him for Attitudes magazine, and I was so excited! I had recently moved to Sarasota from New York City, willing to uproot because of the wide variety of local artistic offerings. But at the time [...]Read more ›
I felt a mix of reluctance and excitement when I settled into my seat for Pig Iron Theatre’s Zero Cost House for the Friday 2 p.m. show. I had been warned about the negative reviews the show had been garnering, and upon arrival, I learned that the show was to be 1 hour and 45 minutes without an intermission. No bathroom breaks, no beverage on a hot day (incidentally, you can bring one in but no one was working concessions), and no chance to process and discuss during a pause [...]Read more ›
Ensemble Basiani are bringing polyphonic harmonies, complex rhythmic patterns, and great outfits to the Ringling International Arts Festival (RIAF) through Saturday. Taking place in the beautiful and intimate Historic Asolo Theatre, Ensemble Basiani performances bring an ancient yet modern-feeling choir experience to Sarasota. The choir is comprised of men from different regions of Georgia who perform ancient folk songs and chants ranging from love ballads to ritual chants to work songs. The complexity of the ancient music, revived through a combination of research into ancient phonological and notated recordings, [...]Read more ›
Since its inaugural year in 2009, the Ringling International Arts Festival has never been one to cut any corners when it comes to style and pizzazz, and Wednesday’s RIAF Inspires Opening Night event had no trouble meeting the standards set by its forbearers: RIAF put on the Ritz to set the tone for what promises to be yet another unforgettable festival. As the sun began to dip below the horizon at the Ringling estate, the fourth annual Ringling International Arts Festival celebrated its kickoff with a glamorous cocktail reception on the grounds of the [...]Read more ›
Ready, set, go! Season in Sarasota has officially begun, as Stephen High, Director of the Ringling Museum of Art, announced last night at the opening event for the Ringling International Arts Festival (known simply as RIAF, pronounced “ree-off”). RIAF has found footing as an important book-end to a world-class season of events in our great city. Once a fledgling festival, RIAF is now in its fourth year and seems to be a graduating senior (can you tell I teach undergraduates?), ready to launch as a signature festival that people from [...]Read more ›