Newspaper article Sarasota Herald Tribune

Energy Source

Newspaper article Sarasota Herald Tribune

Energy Source

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Building a festival is more than selecting the right acts. It's also about starting conversations with the audience.

On the eve of four days of live music, theater and dance on the grounds of the Ringling Museum and FSU Center for the Performing Arts, audiences can be sure of one thing: the Ringling International Arts Festival won't look like last year's festival, or next year's. And you'll come out energized, and ready to talk.

Festival coordinator and director of programming Dwight Currie said that from the get-go, the festival has been envisioned as an audience conversation-starter and energizer. "The most exciting thing about the festival is the conversations that ensue, that it inspires," he said. "We are developing a festival audience that wants that high density, high intensity, high energy concentration of performances, one after the other, and then the opportunity to sit and talk about those performances."

For a complete schedule of events, Oct. 15-18, tickets and information, visit or call 360-7399.


Winner of the Greenfield Prize and a MacArthur Foundation "genius" grant, Iyer returns to Sarasota with his jazz trio for four performances that will respond to the room and the audience.

5 p.m. Oct. 16

2 and 8 p.m.Oct. 17

5 p.m. Oct. 18

Mildred Sainer Pavilion

INSIDE Read more about the Vijay Iyer Trio Page 2


Berlin-based Stefan Sing, a skilled juggler, and his wife, Cristiana Casadio, a former professional ballet dancer, blend their gifts in a performance that defines the different stages of a relationship through circus arts and dance.

7 p.m. Oct. 15

5 p.m. Oct. 16

2 and 8 p.m. Oct. 17

5 p.m. Oct. 18

Historic Asolo Theater


With roots in Cuba, Pedro Martinez launched himself into the world music scene of New York City, surrounding himself with other gifted musicians and creating an irresistible sound of rhythmic innovation. …

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