ADaPT Festival returning to the U.S.

ADaPT FestivalFor 2013, the ADaPT Festival returns to the U.S. with artists from Europe, the East Coast and West Coast, all gathering to share performance installations, works in progress and completed works. An event celebrating the movement arts and its emerging genres, ADaPT Festival rings in its third season following the 2012 event in Vienna, Austria.


Hosted by ArtBark International & Friends, ADaPT Festival continues in its mission to shift the paradigm of how artists organize. In the hopes of nurturing artistic growth in safe and supportive environments, the event brings various companies and performers together to build upon a cross-cultural international community.


While each ADaPT Fest has a personality and life of its own, each event has one thing in common – the festivals are more than an opportunity to share creative work in traditional performance venues. They also seek to include opportunities for networking and artist-to-artist engagement. ArtBark International (formerly SonneBlauma Danscz Theatre) hosted the inaugural ADaPT Festival in 2011 with more than 22 happenings over the course of three weeks, drawing artists from five different countries and 23 different cities. The event won a prestigious Indy Award for Artistic Direction.


For 2013, the festival will serve as a mini-tour of the U.S. for participating artists with performing opportunities on both coasts in three total cities: New York City and Santa Barbara and Pasadena, California.


New York events will feature dance, physical theater and performance installations. Hosted by New York ArtBarkians’ Trina Mannino and Joanna Nobbe, the event will take place at the Center for Performance Research in New York City on Thursday, May 30 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 pre-sale and $15 at the door. Tickets can be booked at


For this program, participating artists include European artists Mojca Majcen and Michael Green, as well as the following U.S. artists and companies: (Alex)andra Taylor Dance, Anri Nakano, Barbara Mahler, Joanna Nobbe, Marcos Duran, The Raving Jaynes, Trina Mannino, Valerie Green, Stephen and Misa Kelly, Rubans Rouge Dance Company, Hart Pulse Dance Company and Movement Theater CoLab Alternate: BodySensate.


California events include master classes, performances and artist gatherings at the Montecito School of Ballet, Center Stage Theater, the Pescadrome and ARC Pasadena. Led by international ArtBarkians’ Misa and Stephen Kelly, events will run between July 24 and August 4. More details will be released soon.


For more information on ArtBark International and Friends’ upcoming ADaPT Festival, in particular its New York performance at the Center for Performance Research on May 30, visit the website here.


Photo: 2013 ADaPT Festival participant, Megill and Dancers. Photo by Beth Megill.