Season Preview

The Ringling's New Stages Season Will Present Dance, Theater and More

New and returning artists will perform at the Historic Asolo Theater.

By Kay Kipling May 29, 2018

Moving Ethos artistic director Leah Verier-Dunn

Image: The Ringling

Fans of the Ringling International Arts Festival, which brought music, dance, theater performances and more to audiences each fall for nearly a decade on The Ringling grounds, may mourn its loss after last year’s final run. But The Ringling will offer some of the same types of programming with its Art of Performance events slated to begin in October and take place during the arts season through April.

The Ringling recently announced “a new vision” for this season, which focuses on the creation of “genre-bending works based on experimentation and collaboration” as part of its Art of Our Time initiative. Through the performances and associated workshops, current social issues and a “diverse range of cultures and identities will be explored,” according to a press release.

All of the works will be presented in the Historic Asolo Theater; related classes, open rehearsals and more will be announced throughout the year.

The New Stages season begins Oct. 19 and 20 with Matthew Duvall and Transient Landscapes. Duvall is co-artistic director and percussionist of chamber ensemble eighth blackbird, which has appeared at RIAF in the past. There are three parts to the percussive performances of Transient Landscapes, which will utilize the Ringling arboretum as an instrument of sound; the weekend will also include percussive storytelling and a celebration in the museum’s courtyard.

Up next is Theatre Re’s The Nature of Forgetting, Nov. 9 and 10. The London-based ensemble spans the boundaries of mime and theater in this piece about what is left when memory is gone.

A scene from Theatre Re's The Nature of Forgetting.

Image: Danilo Moroni

Self-taught hip-hop dancer Raphael Xavier takes to the stage next with Point of Interest, Nov. 30 and Dec. 1. This piece features a multigenerational cast, a soundscape of beats and spoken word to create a humorous take on the challenges of the maturing dancer.

Hip-hop dancer Raphael Xavier.

Returning artist Bill Bowers recalls his 30 years of touring the globe with All Over the Map, Jan. 18 and 19, using a signature mix of movement, mime and comedy. Pianist/composer Vijay Iyer also returns to town, accompanied by cellist Matt Haimovitz, with a program of duets and solos Feb. 22 and 23. And choreographer Kate Weare makes a return, too, with French tango ensemble Union Tanguera on Sin Salida, March 29 and 30.

Sin Salida.

Image: KChang

Closing out the season will be a Spotlight Florida performance by Sarasota’s own Moving Ethos. The Ringling has selected this company of movement artists for a six-month creative/performance residency, which will culminate in a new work presented on April 12 and 13.

For tickets and more information, visit or call 360-7399.

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