4th annual SARUS FESTIVAL for Site-specific & Experimental Art
August 15-23, 2015
CREATIVITY. EXPLORATION. RISK.
Every year in August, the SARUS Festival presents non-commercial, intellectually stimulating, interdisciplinary performance events and outreach, with the goal of becoming a unique and important counterpoint to other art offerings in the area. The festival creates platforms for presentation and exchange for a broad range of professional artists and arts genres. The SARUS Festival is the heart-piece of our organization's work in New Hanover, Pender and Brunswick Counties.
Incubated and hugely successful in 2007 and 2008, and resumed in 2014, we are excited to continue the festival on an annual basis. Part of the SARUS Festival are performances and events by professional local, regional and international artists, workshops, outreach, master classes, a youth program, a week-long retreat in July, a summer school, installations, exhibitions and concerts, social events, film showings, a fundraiser and discussion rounds.
The eclectic programming focuses on works that are either uniquely created for natural and urban spaces in the greater Wilmington area or that are experimental or avant-garde in nature.
The festival seeks to enrich the cultural landscape, by fostering artistic growth and cross-pollination between community members, local-, regional- and international artists.
We are looking for visceral, fearless and experimental works.
We are open to arts of all genres of expression, and facilitate, inter-disciplinary experimentation and collaborative works.
We embrace risk and process, conceptual art and are looking for art and artists with a lot of personality.
Definition of 'Site-specific' art: Site-specific art is artwork created to exist in a certain place, in symbiosis with a location, and emerging as a reaction to our world. The space is the starting point for a creative process that challenges artists to analyze and dissect topographies, history and culture of a region, building or landscape.
Definition of 'Experimental art': experimental means relating to or having the characteristics of an experiment, not knowing the outcome, using methodologies that are uncommon or foreign to a particular task, pushing against boundaries or definitions, or else an approach that is characterized by a hybrid of disparate styles, or unorthodox, new, distinctly unique ingredients.
A Quick HISTORY
Organized by the ALBAN ELVED DANCE COMPANY, a 501-c-3 non-profit charitable organziation, the 'SARUS Festival' first took place in and around Wilmington in the summer of 2007. Back then it began as a dance festival for avant-garde dance. Its site-specific and interdisciplinary approach was and still is unusual for the area. We received great feedback and enthusiastic participation. Some people even moved to the area because of it....
The following year we opened the festival up to all art forms and the festival grew to two weeks of programming, outreach and workshops, performances and lectures and film showings. Performers from New York City, Chicago, North Carolina and many other places brought exciting, unusual, daring and inspiring performances to audiences of all ages. Performances took place at Wrightsville Beach and Carolina Beach on the beach strands, in downtown Wilmington, in Burgaw, on the UNCW campus, the Red Barn Studio Theatre, at UNCW and at Cameron Art Museum in Wilmington, NC.
About the name...SARUS
'alban elved' is the Celtic name for the fall equinox, literally translating to "the light of the water". Water often finds a place in the company's works in actual or metaphorical form. The SARUS Festival was named after the sarus crane, Grus antigone, who had been a symbol for the company for years. The name "Sarus" has a Sanskrit origin and means "of water", "lake or wetland". SARUS Festival began as a dance festival. In fact, in Tamil the term "Sarasa-naadanam" refers to graceful dancing.