The Ringling Announces Its 2024-2025 Art of Performance Lineup

Highlights include work by hip-hop choreographer Rennie Harris, a performance inspired by mushrooms and a celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month.

By Staff July 9, 2024

Bomba Yemayá
Bomba Yemayá

The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art has announced its 2024-2025 Art of Performance Series lineup, which includes a total of 12 mainstage performances throughout the year.

In collaboration with UnidosNow, NocheUnidos—the kickoff celebration of the 2024-2025 season—will bring Puerto Rican artist Bomba Yemayá and the New Orleans-based 79rs Gang to the museum campus.

In mid-November, five acts will come to town for the week-long SunHAT Eco-Performance Fest, and in December a partnership with Asolo Repertory Theater will bring All is Calm: The Christmas Truce of 1914. In early January 2025, local artists will present short works-in-progress to the public, and in spring 2025, audiences can attend innovative jazz performances by artists from around the world.

In the middle of it all, renowned hip-hop choreographer Rennie Harris brings Losing My Religion—a work commissioned by the Hermitage Artist Retreat's Greenfield Prize—to the Historic Asolo Theater stage.

Let's take a closer look at the full lineup.

NocheUnidos, ¡Pasemos la noche vestidos de blanco!

October 18, 2024

The event will begin with festive Puerto Rican rhythms from Bomba Yemayá and parade into the night with an upbeat Mardi Gras spirit captured by the New Orleans-based 79rs Gang. Attendees are invited to dress in white for an evening of dancing, food and music.

DJ Cavem will perform as part of the SunHAT Eco-Performance Fest.
DJ Cavem will perform as part of the SunHAT Eco-Performance Fest.

SunHAT Eco-Performance Fest

November 11-18, 2024

This campus-wide, week-long festival celebrates artists exploring narratives about ecology, climate emergencies and environmental justice. “These performances offer a space for celebration of our human community and the creative force of our non-human world,” says Elizabeth Doud, The Ringling's Currie-Kohlmann curator of performance. Performances include a site-specific fungi dance (followed by a mushroom-themed dinner), artist talks under the banyan trees, processions to the bay and water-conscious clowns. 

Micro Works-in-Progress

January 24, 2025

In early January, a series of micro works-in-progress will offer a glimpse into the work of local artists who are testing out new ideas. “These performances are some of the best we offer,” Doud says. “When artists are in the process of prototyping new work, the tension and vulnerability of the performance lends itself to an intimate and powerful community experience.”

Alain Perez will perform in the "Jazz Works From Around the World" series
Alain Perez will perform in the "Jazz Works From Around the World" series

Jazz Works From Around the World

February 14-April 16, 2025

Throughout the spring, jazz lovers can attend five performances by artists from around the world who have continued to innovate while also being the standard-bearers of their disciplines. 

Rennie Harris

Losing My Religion

April 4 and April 5, 2025

 Losing My Religion is a new creation by Rennie Harris, who The New Yorker has called “the most brilliant hip-hop choreographer in America.” His theater company, Rennie Harris Puremovement, will perform an abstract retrospective work inspired by Harris’s life and his thoughts on the world’s collective dilemmas—from war to social, economic and political injustices. Losing My Religion also examines the historical use of hip-hop and street dance as languages of protest, resilience and power, and Harris' choreography invites audiences to imagine the ways in which they can use their bodies as resistance. The work is the result of a commission by the Hermitage Artist Retreat through its Greenfield Prize.

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