Kaatsbaan Cultural Park Announces 2024 Annual Festival

This fall, Kaatsbaan Cultural Park hosts the 2024 rendition of their annual cultural festival. The festival, held in Tivoli, NY, begins on the weekend of September 13 and ends on October 6.

For the three weekend of the festival’s duration, an array of visual and musical artists will showcase their work, with each weekend focusing on a different medium. Attendees can enjoy a wide variety of activities and shows, including film screenings, concerts, art exhibits, dance shows, and more.

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Founded in 1990, Kaatsbaan Cultural Park promotes all forms of art and culture found throughout the world.  The organization hosts a wide variety of events, including the Annual Festival, art and dance exhibitions, and even educational programs such as the Ballet Intensive. With a diverse set of performers, Kaatsbaan Cultural Park brings culture and art to the town of Tivoli. As both an incubator for creativity and presenter for world-class artists in dance, theater, music, film, poetry, and culinary and visual arts, Kaatsbaan provides artists with state-of-the-art dance studios, accommodations, an indoor theater, and outdoor stages.

The three weeks of the Annual Festival involves dozens of performers, each specializing in their own form of art. Due to the festival’s length, the events are dedicated to a specific medium.

September 13-15

September 13–15 focuses on film, literary, and visual art. The events include an author reading and conversation with Francine Prose, an art walk with curator Hilary Greene and artists, and a screening of MERCE / MISHA / MORE, a film celebrating decades of friendship and collaboration between Mikhail Baryshnikov and Merce Cunningham. 

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Mikhail Baryshnikov – MERCE / MISHA / MORE

September 19–2, Gaia Music Collective and Contemporaneous

The festival celebrates music with a free Community Sing hosted by Gaia Music Collective and a performance of History of Life—Act 1, an in-development production by Contemporaneous, a Kaatsbaan-grown ensemble, inspired by Homer’s Odyssey.

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Gaia Music Collective-  PC Joanna Lee Johnson

September 28–29, Limón Dance Company, Boca Tuya, and Music From The Sole

A preview performance of a new creation by Bessie Awardee Kayla Farrish that examines two thematically aligned works by José Limón, Redes (1951) and El Grito (1952).

Boca Tuya performs Like Those Playground Kids at Midnight, a shapeshifting duet developed at Kaatsbaan in 2023. Boca Tuya is led by queer Puertorriqueño choreographer and director Omar Román De Jesús.

Music From The Sole closes out the night with a new work-in-development that explores the profound link between tap dance, Afro-Brazilian, and house music. 

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Limon Dance Company – PC Kelly Puleio

October 5–6

The weekend begins with the Kaatsbaan debut of multi-award-winning British choreographer and director Sir Wayne McGregor and his work Autobiography (v100 and v101) on the outdoor Mountain Stage.

Tickets and any additional information for the Kaatsbaan Cultural Park Annual Festival are available on their website, linked here.

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