a+s works is thrilled to announce a new partnership for this year's festival. this year, our performances and community events will be held at The Belfry, an artist-run exhibition venue located in the former Spencer Methodist Church. with the support of it's directors, Ian McMahon and Ashley Lyon, we will collaborate to foster opportunities for the community to come together in the act of art-making. learn more about The Belfry at http://belfryarts.com.
we are also proud to be sponsored again this year by the City of Hornell, with the support of Mayor Shawn Hogan. we look forward to working with the community to establish on the farm as a strong, annual tradition and a destination for the Arts in New York State.
Somewhere between our rigorous commitment to making innovative dance, and the tenderness of doing so on the Ellis family farm, something shifted in me at A+S works: I felt very grounded and inspired.
It feels empowering to use our minds and bodies peacefully, poetically, and practically, and doubly so to share it with others. Making dance in the places we live and with the people of our community plants the creative experience in reality. This is the practice of community art. This should happen everywhere.
If you could suddenly recreate the world of dance into it's best possible form, what would it look like? I'm still not sure, but I know that "On The Farm" is certainly a huge step in the right direction. Last year a+s works "On The Farm", not only gave me the singular most potent moment of performance I have ever experienced, but also completely redefined the way I looked at the structure of the 'dance world' and my possible roles in it.
Participating in the inaugural A+S Works "On The Farm" festival this past summer afforded me an opportunity to create new work with respected peers. Our performance for the Hornell community and sharing new dance as part of a premier with A+S Works was a high point!! The feedback and praise from those who attended was a sure sign that there is excitement surrounding the startup of this annual festival. I'll be Back!!