Our field in the deep deep woods
Vashon Island, WAwww.islewilde.org
For more info or any questions please contact Adam Ende at 347-455-5558.
Giant monster theater!
Islewilde arts and performance festival 2017
July 22 - August 14, 2017
The big show is on Saturday, August 12, 7pm
The schedule for building the shows is 3 weeks--Friday, July 21-Friday, August 11, leading up to the final show on Saturday, August 12. It's ideal for you to come for the whole time, but if you can't commit to the full 3 weeks, don't let that keep you away--I would recommend, though, that whenever you arrive, you stay through the final show on August 12.
You are invited to join us for a free residency, that culminates in a large scale immersive performance. An open creative play space in an idyllic field in the woods on an island in the Pacific Northwest. A small gathering of artists from around the country and around the word. A chance to live and work together in a non-hierarchical environment. We will share meals, skills, shows, stories, ideas, make connections, and finally create new works together, performances and installations in the field. While this is very much about the process of living in a temporary intentional creative community, and working hard together for the joy of creation and cohabitation, it is also about our sacred responsibility to create an amazing and magical art and theater experience for a small and lucky public. The goal is to transform the field into a magical wonderland, and take the audience on a journey of the imagination.
The creative challenge for the participating artists this year will be to form five teams, which will each, over the space of 3 weeks, create there own creative sculptural theater space, costumes, puppets, masks, scripts, and performances of any and all kinds. When the audience arrives on the final day, they will be split into 5 equal groups and led by a representative character from each team to their own theater. So 5 groups of audience will each be watching a different show at the same time. At the end of the show, a gong will sound, and the audiences will move with their group to the next theater space, and watch the next show. The audience will all see 5 shows but in different orders, and the performers will all perform their piece 5 times. At the end of the fifth show, the audience will be gathered to the center for one final big group performance and culmination tying it all together. This should be a mind blowing theater experience for the audience, and the challenge for the participating artists will be to create a show that is somehow cohesive and entertaining, regardless of what order it is watched in. We have created this structure for the event, but what goes into it in terms of content and aesthetic will be up to the artists who land in the field.