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.