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Ringling International Arts Festival 2017

October 18, 2017 @ 6:30 pm - October 21, 2017 @ 10:00 pm

Ringling International Arts Festival (RIAF) presents a dynamic array of innovative and provocative contemporary performance.

With music ranging from the folkloric to the avant-garde, dance that explores the comedy and pathos of 21st-century life, and theatrical narratives both intimate and massive in scope and in scale, this is your opportunity to explore the unexpected and expect the unexplored.

Find the full schedule of performances and events: https://www.ringling.org/events/series/ringling-international-arts-festival

Performances are affordably priced and presented in three theaters within walking-distance, you can park the car once and enjoy the entire day. Lunch and dinner are available on-site.

Free Admission to the Museum of Art, Circus Museum and first-floor walk-through of Ca’ d’Zan is included with your performance ticket.

Members save 10% on all tickets / Non-Members save 10% when purchasing 4+ RIAF productions. Student tickets $10. Tickets may be purchased online, in person, or by calling 941-360-7399

Nobuntu – From Zimbabwe, the acclaimed a cappella quintet performs an inventive program of folk songs, Afro Jazz and gospel.

Portraits in Motion, by Volker Gerling – In a heart-warming and moving solo performance, Volker Gerling presents his intimate, yet boradly-revealing “thumb cinema,” the result of a 3,500 km walk across his native Germany.

-Ing an Die by James | McGinn and Again – Operatic in scope, choreographic languages are woven with symbolic imagery into a shape-shifting love story told amidst a pre-apocalyptic landscape. Choreogrpaher James McGinn travels from Paris to present his work in his native Sarasota.

White Rabbit Red Rabbit, by Nassim Soleimanpour, in partnership
with Urbanite Theatre – Forbidden to leave his native Iran when his first play debuted internationally, Soleimanpour’s script arrives in a sealed envelope, presented to a solo actor at the onset of performance.

Happy Hour, by Monica Bill Barnes & Company – On a mission to bring dance “where it does not belong,” Happy Hour shows “two guys” desparate to be popular at an after hours party. Come for the cocktails and laughter– stay for a life changing event.

ensemblenewSRQ – Sarasota’s newest classical ensemble present two provocative encounters with new music in the Museum galleries.

WANTED, by eVenti Verticali – High overhead two “wanted” men are on the run. Suspended before a mammoth video screen, they take us on an adventurous trip that teeters between the fiction so fanimation and the pseudo-reality of computer graphics in this exhilarating outdoor aerial spectacle from Italy.


October 18, 2017 @ 6:30 pm
October 21, 2017 @ 10:00 pm


The Ringling
5401 Bay Shore Rd
Sarasota,FL34243United States


The Ringling