SARUS FESTIVAL for site-specific & experimental art
CREATIVITY. EXPLORATION. RISK.
The SARUS Festival for Site-Specific & Experimental Art presents non-commercial, intellectually stimulating interdisciplinary performances and outreach that are uniquely created for natural and urban spaces in the greater Wilmington area. To enrich the cultural landscape, by fostering artistic growth and cross-pollination between community members, local-, regional- and international artists.
We are looking specifically for visceral, fearless and experimental works.
We are open to arts of all genres of expression, and facilitate, inter-disciplinary experimentation and collaborative works.
We embrace risk and process, conceptual art and are looking for art and artists with a lot of personality.
The festival offers a platform for all artistic disciplines and interdisciplinary projects. Music, dance, installation, sculpture, performance art, video, theatre, film, etc...
Festival artists, who are selected by audition and invitation, will create works for specific locations around town, on the beach, on streets, in buildings, on fields, etc. The space informs the work... the outcome could be an installation, a performance, a concert, a sculpture, a dance, a video installation, a film, a lecture, ....
The works are non-commercial (definitely), experimental (perhaps) and interdisciplinary (optional).
A Quick HISTORY
Organized by the ALBAN ELVED DANCE COMPANY, a 501-c-3 non-profit charitable organziation, the 'SARUS Festival' first took place in and around Wilmington in the summer of 2007. This festival for site-specific interdisciplinary expression was the first of its kind for New Hanover, Pender and Brunswick Counties and received great feedback and enthusiastic participation. Some people even moved to the area because of it.... The following year the festival grew to two weeks of programming, outreach and workshops, performances and lectures and film showings. Performers from New York City, Chicago, North Carolina and many other places brought exciting, unusual, daring and inspiring performances to audiences of all ages. Performances took place at Wrightsville Beach and Carolina Beach on the beach strands, in downtown Wilmington, in Burgaw, on the UNCW campus, the Red Barn Studio Theatre, at UNCW and at Cameron Art Museum in Wilmington, NC.
Site-specific & Experimental
Definition of 'Site-specific' art: Site-specific art is artwork created to exist in a certain place, in symbiosis with a location, and emerging as a reaction to our world. The space is the starting point for a creative process that challenges artists to analyze and dissect topographies, history and culture of a region, building or landscape.
Definition of 'Experimental art': experimental means relating to or having the characteristics of an experiment, not knowing the outcome, using methodologies that are uncommon or foreign to a particular task, pushing against boundaries or definitions, or else an approach that is characterized by a hybrid of disparate styles, or unorthodox, new, distinctly unique ingredients.
About the name...SARUS
'alban elved' is the Celtic name for the fall equinox, literally translating to "the light of the water". Water often finds a place in the company's works in actual or metaphorical form. The SARUS Festival was named after the sarus crane, Grus antigone, who had been a symbol for the company for years. The name "Sarus" has a Sanskrit origin and means "of water", "lake or wetland". In fact, in Tamil the term "Sarasa-naadanam" refers to graceful dancing.
Photo by Kim Korzen of Bob Workmon and Karola Luettringhaus in 'A Midsummer Night's Dream - Dissected' by Karola Luettringhaus. SARUS 2014.