Breckenridge International Festival of Arts

Adventure + Play + Creativity

Last Summer Breckenridge introduced the Breckenridge International Festival of Arts (informally referred to as BIFA) and joined the ‘cultural fray’ by presenting one of the newest multidisciplinary arts festivals in the US! Back for its second year, this multi-arts program of extaordinary events in spectacular places and spaces across Breckenridge is a 10-day festival (August 12-21, 2016) inspired by the themes of environment and mountain culture in Breckenridge. This remarkable event brings together a variety of performances, exhibitions, screenings, workshops, talks and suprose collaborations along with an eclectic mix of music, dance, visual arts and family entertainment.

The event definitely has a ‘Breckenridge feel’ with art exhibits that link closely with the natural environment. From a number of free outdoor musical performances on the new Breckenridge Arts District campus to an exciting lineup of local, national and global talent as well as a truly unique program entitled Trail Mix. Capturing Breck’s outdoor spirit while engaging its vistors in a hands-on, personal way the Trails Mix series combines hiking, biking, music and art along the trails of Breckenridge through “pop-up” concerts and environmental installations. Guaranteed to quickly become a significant addition to the state’s festival landscape as well as a premier destination event, BIFA promises to be a one of a kind experience that you will not want to miss this Summer!


Workshops + Talks
Guerilla Butterflies Thought Bubbles Kidaction
Artist Tasha Lewis leads a workshop on the creation of her cyanotype butterfly sculptures, part of her BIFA installation entitled The Swarm. The artist, along with community volunteers, will then unleash her spectacular swarm and create swirling formations of colorful winged creatures throughout Breckenridge. Musical partners Steven Schick and Maya Beiser lead a dynamic evening of conversation and performance as they play and discuss the music they love. Join them for a glass of champagne and thought-provoking dialogue, as community members are invited to partake in this exchange of stimulating ideas. Children, ages five and up, are invited to come explore impact, velocity and the defiance of gravity through a combination of physical conditioning, stunts and acrobatics.

*Workshop participants will be invited to perform as part of the company’s public performance of SEA.

August 12, 2016
10:00a – 2:00p
August 13, 2016
10:00p – 11:00p
August 19, 2016
1:00p – 3:00p

All Workshops & Talks will be held at the Old Masonic Hall in Breckenridge, located at 136 South Main St.
Exhibitions + Installations
The Herd
Tasha Lewis’s installation, The Herd, consists of sculptures of antelopes, impalas and gazelles leaping high through the air. Many animals appear to emerge from, or disappear into, surrounding walls at Old Masonic Hall. The animals’ unexpected placement, tumultuous movement and playful coloring will spark curiosity, engaging viewers with the beauty of both natural and artificial worlds.
The Swarm
Bridging boundaries between art, nature and everyday life, Tasha Lewis’s ephemeral installations consist of thousands of cyanotype butterflies printed on fabric and embedded with magnets. A project that engages local volunteers to construct the butterflies, the artist will unleash her spectacular swarm and create swirling formations of colorful winged creatures invading metallic surfaces around town.
Wertz + Dengate
Conceived as a complementary exhibition to The Herd in the lower gallery of Old Masonic Hall, artworks by Andrew Dengate and Robert Wertz will be featured in the upstairs gallery spaces.
Contemporary Circus

L’homme Cirque is a one-man circus featuring an innovative combination of acrobatics, music and dance, including everything from a human cannon ball to a climactic high-wire act, with our spectacular mountains as a backdrop. Acclaimed Swiss circus artist David Dimitri will turn the South Gondola Lot into his own high-flying playground, as he pitches a tent and performs a breathtaking solo show.
Schedule
Thu, Aug 11
5:00p
Fri, Aug 12
11:00a + 2:00p
Sat, Aug 13
11:00a + 2:00p
Sun, Aug 14
11:00a + 2:00p
Music

Sila: The Breath of the World Calexico
Stroll the Riverwalk Center lawn and experience the “ecological listening” that this unique composition by John Luther Adams celebrates. Orchestra musicians will be set loose from the conductor’s baton and allowed to play at their own tempo, with just one condition: each sustained tone or rising phrase lasts the length of a full exhalation. For the better part of two decades, nine albums and countless trips around the globe, Joey Burns and John Convertino have crossed musical barriers with their band, embracing a multitude of diverse styles. Their latest album, Edge of the Sun, continues to bring lonesome alt-country into collusion with Spanish horns, Portuguese fado, surf guitar and haunting strains of ambient jazz.
August 13, 2016
4:00p – 5:15p
Riverwalk Center Lawn
August 17, 2016
7:30p – 9:30p
Riverwalk Center

Film + Word
Cycle In Cinema

Part party, part screening, this event invites cycling enthusiasts of all ages to trade four wheels for two and ride their bikes to Riverwalk Center to enjoy a showcase of independent bicycle-themed films from around the world.

6:00p – 9:30p

The Moth

An acclaimed nonprofit organization, a favorite among NPR listeners, dedicated to the art of storytelling; The Moth is composed of simple, old-fashioned storytelling on thoroughly modern themes and told live on stage, without notes.

6:00p – 9:30p

Born To Fly

Propelled by Elizabeth Streb’s edict that “anything too safe is not action,” the STREB company challenges the assumptions of art, injury, gender, aging and human possibility. This documentary film inspires audiences that are hungry for a fiercer existence in the world.

7:30p – 9:00p

Above Events Will Take Place At The Riverwalk Center in Breckenridge, located at 150 W Adams Ave.
Dance + Physical Theater
Ascension + Quake SEO (Singular Extreme Actions)
In Ascension, members of STREB Extreme Action Company scale a 21-foot long ladder while it rotates at varying speeds, showcasing the mental and physical strength of the performers. In Quake, the dancers hurl, tumble and perform feats of sleight of hand on a 2×16 foot sprung floor that acts as an explosive springboard. Created by Elizabeth Streb, the Evel Knievel of Dance, this daredevil event nimbly weaves dance, extreme sports, circus arts and Hollywood-style stunt work into a must-see performance that explores the boundaries of force, gravity, action and reaction. Their cutting-edge, dangerous talent was featured at the 2012 London Olympics and is sure to take your breath away.
August 20, 2016
2:00p – 2:30p
Riverwalk Center Lawn
August 21, 2016
7:30p – 9:30p
Riverwalk Center
Wellness + Recreation
Illinois Creek Trail
Thu, Aug 11
4:00p – 4:30p
Iowa Hill Trail
Fri, Aug 12
9:30a
Moonstone Trail
Fri, Aug 12
2:00p
Iowa Hill Trail
Sat, Aug 13
9:30a
Moonstone Trail
Sat, Aug 13
2:00p
Riverwalk Lawn
Sun, Aug 14
8:00a – 9:00a
Moonstone Trail
Sun, Aug 14
2:00p
Illinois Creek Trail
Sun, Aug 14
4:00p
Iowa Hill Trail
Tue, Aug 16
9:30a
Moonstone Trail
Tue, Aug 16
2:00p
Illinois Creek Trail
Tue, Aug 16
4:00p
Iowa Hill Trail
Wed, Aug 17
9:30a
Moonstone Trail
Wed, Aug 17
2:00p
Illinois Creek Trail
Wed, Aug 17
4:00p
Iowa Hill Trail
Thu, Aug 18
9:30a
Moonstone Trail
Thu, Aug 18
2:00p
Illinois Creek Trail
Thu, Aug 18
4:00p
Iowa Hill Trail
Fri, Aug 19
9:30a
Moonstone Trail
Fri, Aug 19
2:00p
Illinois Creek Trail
Fri, Aug 19
4:00p
Iowa Hill Trail
Sat, Aug 20
9:30a
Moonstone Trail
Sat, Aug 20
2:00p
Illinois Creek Trail
Sat, Aug 20
4:00p
Iowa Hill Trail
Sun, Aug 21
9:30a
Moonstone Trail
Sun, Aug 21
2:00p

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